What’s She Like is kind, generous, and honest, told by a reliable narrator. Having no myths to preserve, Helen O’Hara has written the book that Dexys aficionados will savour, a warm memoir that cuts through politics and actions, written with a knowle..
You Must Get Them All is the yardstick by which all future books on the band will be judged and the bible for those worshipping at the Church of The Fall, past, present and future. This book will be one that I go back to time and time again...
Ian Clayton shines a forensic light on one of the great bands, and great enigmas, of the English Folk Rock boom of the early 70s and, with the keen eye of a musical historian, shows exactly why Plainsong were such an important band at the time and, e..
One of the most entertaining, well researched and informative books about making music in Manchester I have read. Paul Hanley’s writing is effortlessly entertaining yet packs masses of detail without ever sounding geeky. If you want to know what conn..
The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall
Steve Hanley, Olivia Piekarski
Guardian Book of the Year Rough Trade Book of the Year Reader’s Digest Editor’s Choice Dagsavisen Book of the Year The first insider’s account of life inside The Fall, Steve Hanley’s 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, o..Read More
The Chameleon Poet: Bob Dylan’s Search For Self
On his untimely death at 47 years old in October 1996, not only did John Bauldie sit at the what could be called the high table of Dylan Studies, but from the early nineties, when he was invited by Dylan’s management to write the liner notes that accompanied the Bootleg Series Volume 1-3, many would attest that he was chairman of the board. In his lifetim..Read More
The Train of Ice and Fire
The incredible story of an audacious rock'n'roll tour through Colombia. 'Any band that ever moaned about the freshness of the backstage towels should read this book.' WordRead More
Thro My Eyes: A Memoir
A memoir by Iain Matthews, one of the music industry’s great survivors. He has been making pitch-perfect records for over fifty years.Read More
You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide
Of all the iconic musicians and scenes that emanate from Manchester, Simon Wolstencroft is the one who joins up the dots. He learnt his chops playing with Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke, but turned down The Smiths because he didn’t like the cut of Morrissey’s jib. He parted ways with his schoolmates Ian Brown and John Squire before The Patrol became The Stone R..Read More
Away From the Light of Day
Idrissa Keïta, Ann Wright, Amadou and Mariam
Amadou and Mariam with Idrissa. Translated by Anne WrightAmadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia met at an institute for young blind people in Bamako, Mali, and fell in love both musically and romantically. Following several years of performing and releasing cassettes in the their native West Africa, they went on to become stars of the international stage with a ..Read More
Steve Hanley's First Big Midweek Interview
Steve Hanley's first interview for The Big Midweek was to Conway Paton of The Fall Online,..