Wheels Out of Gear: 2-Tone, The Specials and a World in Flame (2017 edition)

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New (2017) edition of a book first published in 2004, WHEELS OUT OF GEAR is a vibrant exploration of the 2-Tone, Mod and Oi! movements of the late 1970s and early ’80s, set against the turbulent backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain.

To a soundtrack provided by the Specials, the Jam, the Angelic Upstarts and more, Britain reeled beneath a firestorm of brutal, and constantly escalating political confrontation.

Wheels Out of Gear is an unflinching portrait of this tumultuous time, a stoy which Uncutmagazine described as “a fine book that is as much social history as musical biography,” and Record Collectorcalled “a fascinating and essential account of what happened, the way we remember it.”

 

 

The Psychedelic Furs – Beautiful Chaos (2017 edition)

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To celebrate 40 years of the Furs… a new edition of the ultimate story of the ultimate post-punk band.  Combining the chaos and vocal rasp of the Sex Pistols with a Bowie-esque glamour, the Psychedelic Furs hit the big time in the U.S. when John Hughes wrote a movie based on their early single “Pretty in Pink.” Poised to join U2 and Simple Minds in the premier league, they withdrew behind their shades, remaining a cult act, but one with a hugely devoted following.

This book was first published in 2004.

 

Those We Have Loved – Casualties and Catastrophes of the Football League, 1888-1988

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Originally published across two volumes in 1987-1988, “Those We Have Loved” is the story of the thirty Football League sides voted, or otherwise removed, from the competition in the years before automatic promotion and relegation were introduced..

Colourful contemporary match reports, in-depth background detail and modern analysis combine to tell a thoroughly alternate history of English football; the story of lives lived for the most part at the lower end of the League, but every one tinged with glory and triumph alongside the final tragedies.

Fully revised and updated to note the rebirth of at least a few of the clubs featured, it is a reminder that many of those we have loved are still beloved today.

Featuring full Football League histories of Aberdare Athletic, Accrington, Accrington Stanley, Ashington, Barrow, Bootle, Bradford Park Avenue, Burton Swifts, Burton United, Burton Wanderers, Darwen, Durham City, Gainsborough Trinity, Gateshead, Glossop North End, Leeds City, Loughborough, Merthyr Town, Middlesbrough Ironopolis, Nelson, New Brighton, New Brighton Tower, Newport County, Northwich Victoria, South Shields, Southport, Stalybridge Celtic, Thames, Wigan Borough, Workington, plus wartime guests Aberaman, Bath City, Croydon Common and Lovell’s Athletic.

Visit exleaguefootballclubs.wordpress.com for excerpts and more.

 

Hey! The Story of Gum into Glam

 

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Back in print for the first time in over 25 years! The original Glam Rock history, tracing beginnings reaching back to “Louie Louie,” and forward to a new age of rocking narcissism. Featuring: Adam & the Ants, Alice Cooper, the Archies, Arrows, Bauhaus, Bay City Rollers, Barry Blue, David Bowie, David Cassidy, Chinnichap, Cockney Rebel, Doctors of Madness, David Essex, Bryan Ferry, Gary Glitter, the Glitter Band, Zaine Griff, Hello, Jackson 5, Tommy James & the Shondells, Jobriath, Jook, Kasenatz-Katz, Jonathan King, the Kingsmen, Metro, the Monkees, Mott the Hoople, Mud, the Osmonds, the Partridge Family, Suzi Quatro, Mick Ronson, Rosetta Stone, Roxy Music, the Rubettes, Sexagisma, Slade, Slik, Sparks, Alvin Stardust, the Stooges, the Sweet, T Rex, Wizzard and many more.

A Seance at Syd’s – An Exclusive New Message from Beyond the Realm of Acid-Haunt-Folk-Psych-Prog- Kraut-Radiophonic-Garage-Space Etcetera

A Seance at Syd‘s is available now as an e-book; paperback; and (if you’re lucky enough to find one – it sold out long ago) as a limited edition hardback with two CDs stuffed with music 

A Seance at Syd’s – An Anthology of Acid-Haunt-Folk-Psych-Prog- Kraut-Radiophonic-Garage-Space Etcetera is…

A collection of words, wit and wisdom from some eighty different bands, performers, artists and label heads, heralds of and spokesmen for the sprawling mass of musical notions that have made this decade so unexpectedly enthralling.

Includes an Introduction by Nik Turner (Hawkwind etc); a brand new Tale from the Black Meadow by Chris Lambert; cover art by Gregory Curvey (the Luck of Eden Hall); almost 100 illustrations; and featuring in-depth and illuminating interviews with….

Black Tempest, Sproatly Smith, Palace of Swords, Beaulieu Porch, The Rowan Amber Mill, Mooch, The Owl Service, Lost Harbours, The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies, Sendelica, The Sunchymes, Alison O’Donnell, Midwich Youth Club, Reverb Worship, Us And Them, Chonyid, Angeline Morrison, Melmoth the Wanderer, King Penguin, Comus, The Bordellos, Crayola Lectern, Army of Mice, Chris Lambert, Sky Picnic, Dodson & Fogg, Crystal Jacqueline, The Chemistry Set, United Bible Studies, Diana Collier, Drew Mulholland/Mount Vernon Arts Lab, the Striped Bananas, Crow Call, Emily Jones, Francois Sky, the Nomen, Gordon Raphael, Head South by Weaving, the Luck of Eden Hall, Amanda Votta, The Hare And The Moon, Icarus Peel, Octopus Syng, Schizo Fun Addict, Grandpa Egg, Eschatone Records, Jefferson Hamer, Ghost Box, The Familiars, Beautify Junkyards, Mega Dodo, Stay, Judy Dyble, Fruits de Mer Records, the Past Tense, The Soulless Party, the Thanes, Tir Na Nog, the Child of a Creek, Astralasia, the Gathering Grey, Mark & the Clouds, Marrs Bonfire, Black Psychiatric Orchestra, The Loons, Mikey Georgeson, Mordecai Smyth, La Meccanica Sonora, Bevis Frond, Paolo Sala, Sand Snowman, the Seventh Ring of Saturn and Will Z.

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Introduction by Nik Turner (Hawkwind)

A brand new Tale from the Black Meadow, by Chris Lambert

Cover art by Gregory Curvey (the Luck of Eden Hall)

almost 100 illustrations and 500 pages

 

 

Out now! “Time & Some Words – the Anthology of Prog Rock Quotations 1969-1976”

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“Prog stood for progressive, but progression happened before the genre was coined. Progressive meant musicians could experiment, push themselves and their musicianship into new and fascinating areas. They could stretch themselves and fly free and, for the most part, their followers soared with them” – Judy Dyble

“Time And Some Words” is the ultimate Prog Rock bath-time book, a compendium of the words and wisdom of over 150 different artists representing the cream of British, American and European Prog Rock of 1969-1976, many of them culled from the author’s own interviews.

Featuring… King Crimson, Jethro Tull, ELP, Pink Floyd, Henry Cow, Eleventh House, Kraftwerk, Quiet Sun, Genesis, Steve Hillage, the Nice, Hawkwind, Yes, Renaissance, Procol Harum, Caravan, Peter Hammill, Patrick Moraz, Nektar, Refugee, Gentle Giant, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Kevin Ayers, Black Widow, the Moody Blues, Comus, Curved Air, Family, Medicine Head, the Strawbs, Matching Mole, Spooky Tooth, Brainticket, Gong… and many more!