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A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
A ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
NOMINATED FOR NME BOOK OF THE YEAR
The first insiderâs account of life inside The Fall, Steve Hanleyâs story unfolds like a novel; from 1979 when he joined his schoolmates Marc Riley and Craig Scanlon in The Fall, he puts us right in the heart of the action: on stage, on the tour bus, in the recording studio, and up close and personal with an eccentric cast of band mates.Â These vividly drawn scenes give unprecedented insight into the intense, highly-charged creative atmosphere within The Fall and their relentless work ethic which has won them a dedicated cult following, high-art respectability and a unique place in popular music history.
‘All the reasons why you should never join a band but also why itâs impossible not to. Bless them for going through it, so the rest of us mere mortals can enjoy the greatness that is The Fall.’ â Jim Glennie
‘Steve Hanleyâs book will of course be an essential read for fans of The Fall. But anyone would be taken in by the way it gives you a totally different take on the rock and roll experience. It’s a voyage of self-discovery, but it doesnât read as some forced feel-my-pain-confessional or rock biog clichĂ©. Steve is calm, free of hysteria, and avoids self-conscious literary flourishes in favour of the kind of measured, effortless sounding tone that actually takes a lot of thought and effort to achieve’ âÂ Stewart Lee