END OF YEAR REVIEW 2021

TOP 20 BOOKS

Between local indie legends, punk-charged tracts on r’n’b, and a variety of wild and baggy memoirs, our bookshelves (and your tote bags!) have been bursting at the seams all year.

BOOK001, though, has got to be journalist-to-the-stars Paul Morley’s biography of Factory icon Tony Wilson, From Manchester With Love. The life story of a man who famously said “between truth and legend, print the legend” is inevitably going to hold some unbelievable stories, but it’s exactly these - filtered through Morley’s razor-sharp pen - that make this book so brilliant.
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Us 50,000 Fall fans have long known that beneath the curses and clamour was something genius, and now, thanks to Tessa Norton and Bob Stanley’s lovingly compiled Excavate, the rest of the world can know too! Chock full of artefacts, essays and factoids, it’s possibly the defining book about The Fall. Stephanie Phillips - of Big Joanie fame - brought us Why Solange Matters in March, a fantastic exploration of why the alt-r’n’b superstar is more important than ever in these increasingly polarised times, while Warren Ellis’ Nina Simone’s Gum, Baxter Dury’s Chaise Longue, Barry Adamson’s Up Above The City, Down Beneath The Stars, and Will Sergeant’s Bunnyman prompted many an afternoon’s discussion between me, Andy and Laura - I smell an Indiekids Book Club, coming to Piccadilly in 2022…

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On the pictorial front, Kevin Cummins’ beautiful Joy Division: Juvenes has finally been reissued (and none too soon, considering original copies are going for upwards of £400 on eBay!!!!), and Soul Jazz have compiled over 300 photos taken by photographer Sophie Bramly across New York and France in Yo! The Early Years of Hip Hop 1982-84, featuring a whole host of familiar faces. Local heroes Waiting Room Press and DR.ME dropped off a load of Not Dead or Famous Enough Yet back in January, which not only name checks our Patrick on page 557, but features a mirror-board cover, various zine-style inserts, and hundreds of DR.ME’s posters, album art, and other commissions - it’s pretty special!

1 - Paul Morley

From Manchester With Love: The Life And Opinions Of Tony Wilson - Signed Edition

    'When forced to pick between truth and legend, print the legend.' Tony Wilson

    To write about Tony Wilson, AKA Anthony H. Wilson, is to write about a number of public and private characters and personalities, a clique of unreliable narrators, constantly changing shape and form.

    At the helm of Factory Records and the Hacienda, Wilson unleashed landmark acts such as Joy Division and New Order into the world as he pursued myriad other creative endeavours, appointing himself a custodian of Manchester's legacy of innovation and change.

    To Paul Morley he was this and much more: bullshitting hustler, flashy showman, aesthetic adventurer, mean factory boss, self-deprecating chancer, intellectual celebrity, loyal friend, shrewd mentor, insatiable publicity seeker. It was Morley to whom Wilson left a daunting final request: to write this book.

    From Manchester With Love, then, is the biography of a man who became eponymous with his city, of the music he championed and the myths he made, of love and hate, of life and death. In the cultural theatre of Manchester, Tony Wilson broke in and took centre-stage.

    2 - Bob Stanley & Tessa Norton

    Excavate! : The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall

      A definitive insight into the ever-influential world of Mark E. Smith and the Fall, featuring never-before published essays and ephemera from fans, collectors and the artist and band themselves.

      This is not a book about a rock band. This is not even a book about Mark E Smith. This is a book about The Fall group - or more precisely, their world. Over a prolific forty-year career, the Fall created a world that was influential, idiosyncratic and fiercely original; it was an education. Who wouldn't want to be armed with a working knowledge of M.R. James, contemporary dance and Manchester City? Bringing together previously unseen artwork, rare ephemera and handwritten material, alongside essays by a slate of fans, EXCAVATE! is a vivid, definitive record - an illumination of the dark corners of the Fall's wonderful and frightening world.

      'To 50,000 Fall Fans: please buy this inspired & inspiring, profound & provocative, beautiful & bonkers Book of Revelations, choc-stock-full of loving Acts by true Apostles, simultaneously both the scrapbook you wished you'd kept and a portal to futures & pasts, known & unknown, & a Fantastic Celebration of this Nation's Saving Grace. - 'DAVID PEACE

      'A container sized treasure trove bursting at the hinges with strangeness and wonder . . . I strongly advise you to buy it.' - MAXINE PEAKE

      3 - Stephanie Phillips

      Why Solange Matters

        The dramatic story of Solange: a musician and artist whose unconventional journey to international success was far more important than her family name.

        Growing up in the shadow of her superstar sister, Beyonce, and defying an industry that attempted to bend her to its rigid image of a Black woman, Solange Knowles has become a pivotal musician and artist in her own right. In Why Solange Matters, Stephanie Phillips chronicles the creative journey of Solange, a beloved voice of the Black Lives Matter generation.

        A Black feminist punk musician herself, Phillips addresses not only the unpredictable trajectory of Solange's career but also how she and other Black women see themselves through the musician's repertoire. First, she traces Solange's progress through an inflexible industry, charting the artist's development up to 2016, when the release of her third album, A Seat at the Table, redefined her career. With this record and, then, When I Get Home (2019), Phillips describes how Solange has embraced activism, anger, Black womanhood and intergenerational trauma to inform her remarkable art.

        'Why Solange Matters is a significant and sober treatist on popular music . . . This book is more than necessary.' - THURSTON MOORE

        4 - Warren Ellis

        Nina Simone's Gum - Signed Edition

          From award-winning musician and composer Warren Ellis comes the unexpected and inspiring story of a piece of chewing gum. Featuring an introduction from Nick Cave.

          'Warren has turned this memento, snatched from his idol's piano in a moment of rapture, into a genuine religious artefact.' NICK CAVE

          On Thursday 1 July, 1999, Dr Nina Simone gave a rare performance as part of Nick Cave's Meltdown Festival. After the show, in a state of awe, Warren Ellis crept onto the stage, took Dr Simone's piece of chewed gum from the piano, wrapped it in her stage towel and put it in a Tower Records bag. The gum remained with him for twenty years; a sacred totem, his creative muse, growing in significance with every passing year.

          In 2019, Cave - his collaborator and great friend - asked Warren if there was anything he could contribute to display in his Stranger Than Kindness exhibition. Warren realised the time had come to release the gum. Together they agreed it should be housed in a glass case like a holy relic. Worrying the gum would be damaged or lost, Warren decided to first have it cast in silver and gold, sparking a chain of events that no one could have predicted, one that would take him back to his childhood and his relationship to found objects.

          Nina Simone's Gum is about how something so small can form beautiful connections between people. It is a story about the meaning we place on things, on experiences, and how they become imbued with spirituality. It is a celebration of artistic process, friendship, understanding and love.

          5 - Baxter Dury

          Chaise Longue

            Methods of parenting and education have progressed in recent years, especially compared to some of the more casually experimental routes inflicted on children of artistic professionals in the 70s and 80s. One experience that would take some beating is that endured by Baxter Dury. When punk rock star Ian Dury disappeared to make films in the late 80s, he left his teenage son in the care of his roadie, in a rundown flat in Hammersmith.

            But this was no ordinary roadie; this was the Sulphate Strangler. The Strangler, having taken a lot of LSD in the 60s, was prone to depression, anger and hallucinations. He was also, as the name suggests, a drug dealer.

            What could possibly go wrong?In a period that we can now only imagine, a young Baxter ricocheted from one adventure to another, narrowly swerving one disaster only immediately to collide with another. At times, his situation was perilous in the extreme - the world is lucky to have him at all. CHAISE LONGUE is an intimate account of those escapades, evocatively illuminating a bohemian west London populated with feverishly grubby characters.

            Narrated in Dury's candid tone, both sad and funny, this moving story will leave an indelible imprint on its readers.

            6 - Barry Adamson

            Up Above The City, Down Beneath The Stars

              In Up Above the City, Down Beneath the Stars, the enigmatic Barry Adamson shines a probing light into his own heart of darkness. Born in the black and white world of post-industrial Manchester, Adamson saw music as a chance to turn his world technicolour. Propelled into punk via Magazine, he was the founding bass player in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, before stumbling too far down a dark, drug-induced path.

              Unflinchingly candid, Adamson steers the reader through a mix of harrowing, tragic, funny and often life-affirming straights. Throughout it all, music - be it bass lines, melodies or film soundtracks - is the glue that binds a myriad of memories. Written in Adamson's distinctive and cinematic noir style, and including personal photographs throughout, Up Above the City, Down Beneath the Stars is an original and powerful memoir, full of suspense, humour and candour.

              7 - Will Sergeant

              Bunnyman : A Memoir

                Growing up in Liverpool in the 1960s and '70s, when skinheads, football violence and fear of just about everything was the natural order of things, a young Will Sergeant found the emerging punk scene provided a shimmer of hope amongst a crumbling city still reeling from the destruction of the Second World War. From school-day horrors and mud flinging fun to nights at Liverpool's punk club, Eric's, Sergeant was fuelled by and thrived on music.

                It was this devotion that led to the birth of the Bunnymen, to the days when he and Ian McCulloch would muck around with reel-to-reel recordings of song ideas in the back parlour of his parents' council estate house, and to finding a community - friends, enemies and many in between - with those who would become post-punk royalty from the likes of Dead or Alive, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the Teardrop Explodes to name a few.

                It was an uphill struggle to carve their name in the history of Liverpool music, but Echo and the Bunnymen became iconic, with songs like 'Lips Like Sugar,' 'The Cutter' and 'The Killing Moon'. By turns wry, explicit and profound, Bunnyman reveals what it was really like to be part of one of the most important British bands of the 1980s.

                8 - Kevin Cummins

                Joy Division : Juvenes

                  A new, expanded edition of the legendary book published more than a decade ago, now with added interviews and unpublished photographs.

                  The definitive collection of the Joy Division photographs of Kevin Cummins, including new interviews with Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris.

                  Originally published in 2007 in an ultra-limited run of just 226 copies, Juvenes is a book with legendary status among Joy Division devotees. The book consists of Kevin's selection of pictures from his Joy Division archive accompanied by short personal essays and memories from the band's family, contemporaries and fans and from several writers including Ian Rankin, David Peace and Natalie Curtis. The foreword is by Ian Rankin. Now comprehensively updated with new material and images that have never been published in a book before, this new edition will allow the band's many die-hard fans to own it for the first time.

                  9 - Soul Jazz Books Present

                  Yo! The Early Days Of Hip Hop 1982-84 By Sophie Bramly

                    ‘Yo! The Early Days of Hip Hop 1982-84’ is a new book published by Soul Jazz Books/Records that features over 300 pages of stunning photographs documenting the rise of hip hop in the early 1980s, taken by French photographer Sophie Bramly.

                    In 1982, aged 22, Sophie Bramly moved from France to New York at and became firmly embedded in the emergent scene, taking pictures of everyone from graffiti artists and breakdancers to rappers.

                    The book features many stunning, intimate images of a star-studded roll call of legendary hip hop figures, all of whom were only just getting known or in their ascendency, including Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmixer DST, Jazzy Jay, Red Alert, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Lisa Lee, the Fat Boys, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys and many more, alongside legendary graffiti artists such as Keith Haring, Dondi, Futura, Phase One, Zephyr and Lady Pink, and breakdancers including members of Magnificent Force, Dynamic Breakers and the Rock Steady Crew.

                    Includes an introduction by Bill Adler and additional text by Fab Freddy, Grand Mixer D. St, Rahiem of The Furious Five, Arthur Baker, Zephyr, Muhamad of The Magnificent Force, Lady Pink, Mister Freeze of The Rock Steady Crew, Patti Astor and Slick Rick.

                    Sophie Bramly returned to France in 1984, bringing a number of US hip hop artists to Europe, moving to London in 1987 to host and produce MTV’s first ever hip hop show, Yo! MTV Raps. She currently lives in Paris and her work is featured extensively at Hip-Hop 360, a six-month long exhibition showing at the prestigious Philarmonie de Paris, France (December 2021 - August 2022).

                    10 - DR.ME

                    Not Dead Or Famous Enough Yet

                      An unparalleled & in-depth artefact of studio projects from the first 10 years of DR.ME studio spanning 560 pages featuring every project we have ever worked on including work for Mick Jagger, The Tate, Domino Records, Tri Angle, Riposte Magazine, Thames & Hudson & Universal. Alongside never before seen posters, record sleeves, identities, books, personal projects & more. Rare behind the scenes photography, exhibitions the studio has both curated and created work for around the world, anecdotes, insights and stories of how certain projects came to pass, rejected and killed work, the definitive DR.ME journey from 2010—2020 all in one place for the first time. 

                      Back in stock Cover of The Listening Party by Tim Burgess.

                      11 - Tim Burgess

                      The Listening Party

                        The Charlatans' Tim Burgess invites you to the greatest listening party of all time.

                        In 2020 when the world was forced to hit pause on live in-person gigs, Tim Burgess found an ingenious way to bring people together by inviting artists and bands, from Paul McCartney and New Order to Michael Kiwanuka and Kylie, to host real-time album playbacks via Twitter. Relive 100 of the most memorable listening parties here with stories from bands and fans, rarely seen backstage images, and unique insider info from those who created these iconic albums.

                        "Hey Twitter, let's all say a big thanks to Tim for these brilliant events this year! We really needed them. So much great music being talked about.'" - Sir Paul McCartney

                        "Twitter being used for something really positive." - Mary Beard

                        12 - Bobby Gillespie

                        Tenement Kid

                          Tenement Kid is Bobby Gillespie's story up to the recording and release of the album that has been credited with 'starting the 90's', Screamadelica.

                          Born into a working class Glaswegian family in the summer of 1961, Bobby's memoirs begin in the district of Springburn, soon to be evacuated in Edward Heath's brutal slum clearances. Leaving school at 16 and going to work as a printers' apprentice, Bobby's rock n roll epiphany arrives like a bolt of lightning shining from Phil Lynott's mirrored pickguard at his first gig at the Apollo in Glasgow. Filled with 'the holy spirit of rock n roll' his destiny is sealed with the arrival of the Sex Pistols and punk rock which to Bobby, represents an iconoclastic vision of class rebellion and would ultimately lead to him becoming an artist initially in the Jesus and Mary Chain then in Primal Scream.

                          Structured in four parts, Tenement Kid builds like a breakbeat crescendo to the final quarter of the book, the Summer of Love, Boys Own parties, and the fateful meeting with Andrew Weatherall in an East Sussex field. As the '80s bleed into the '90s and a new kind of electronic soul music starts to pulse through the nation's consciousness, Primal Scream become the most innovative British band of the new decade, representing a new psychedelic vanguard taking shape at Creation Records.

                          Ending with the release of Screamadelica and the tour that followed in the autumn, Tenement Kid is a book filled with the joy and wonder of a rock n roll apostle who would radically reshape the future sounds of fin de siècle British pop. Published thirty years after the release of their masterpiece, Bobby Gillespie's memoir cuts a righteous path through a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house.

                          13 - Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

                          You Are Beautiful And You Are Alone : The Biography Of Nico

                            A redemptive, myth-shattering biography of one of the twentieth century's most underestimated creative and artistic forces.

                            'What I have in common with Nico is the understanding of her furious frustration at not being recognised.' - MARIANNE FAITHFULL

                            The real story of Nico is one of determination, self-destruction and belief in one's artistic vision, at any cost. Nico was an ever-evolving myth, an enigma that escaped definition. Born Christa Paffgen, Nico grew up in war-torn Berlin before being scouted by a fashion photographer in her early teens. At age twenty-seven, she became Andy Warhol's newest Superstar, securing the position of chanteuse for the Velvet Underground. Though she is primarily remembered for contributions to their seminal debut album - and her relationships with Brian Jones, Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison - her own artistry and influence have often been overlooked.

                            Nico spent most of her career as a solo artist on the road, enduring empty concert halls, abusive fans and the perilous reality of being a drug addict. Yet beneath the superficial denigrations and one-dimensional myths was a complicated visionary determined to make art that was truly her own. In You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone, defying the sexist casting of her life as the tragedy of a beautiful woman losing her looks, youth and fame, Jennifer Otter Bickerdike cements Nico's legacy as one of the most vital artists of her time, inspiring a generation of luminaries including Bjoerk, Morrissey and Iggy Pop.

                            Containing over a hundred new interviews and rare archival material, this is an empowering reappraisal of an underappreciated icon.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Javi says: One of the most enigmatic, problematic, and chameleonic figures in alternative music's history, who finally gets the biography she deserves. Iconic - Controversial - Nico.

                            14 - Carl Cox

                            Oh Yes, Oh Yes

                              Carl Cox was instrumental in the birth of dance music culture and is still the heartbeat of the global dance music scene. From warm up DJ at Paul Oakenfold's 'Future' to the opening night of the legendary 'Shoom' and unlicensed rave DJ billed as 'The People's Choice' at unlicensed raves to a global headline main stage artist playing across the world, Carl has been everything from a recording artist and producer to label owner, radio DJ and broadcaster. Oh yes, oh yes! tells the story, in his own words, of the man known as 'the three deck wizard' and the King of Ibiza; a DJ who remains at the very top of his game and continues to innovate and thrill music-lovers on the world's biggest stages.

                              Starting off as a shelf-stacker and a scaffolder in the south London suburbs, Carl's phenomenal talents as a DJ grew out of his love of music and knowledge of soundsystem culture. In Oh yes, oh yes! he looks back over a life lived at the heart of the party, from Ibiza to Melbourne to Burning Man, and a career that in many ways is the story of club culture and a righteous inspiration to all those who choose to follow their dreams. Told in the voice of a true evangelist, Oh yes, oh yes! is a remarkably candid and intimate portrait of an artist who has never lost touch with the people who share the dancefloor with him.

                              'Carl is one of the few true pioneers of UK club culture internationally. He has opened the door to so many DJs and inspired so many, including me.' Gilles Peterson.

                              'Carl Cox wrote the script of what it means to be a DJ.' David Guetta.

                              'People use the term legend far too easily for my liking but Carl is legend personified.' Grooverider.

                              'Carl has always been my favourite. He is the complete DJ, also the DJs DJ. Records come to life when he plays them, rooms come to life when he rocks them. His enthusiasm is infectious, his commitment complete.' Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim.

                              15 - Pete Shelley

                              Ever Fallen In Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes

                                When Pete Shelley, lead singer of legendary punk band Buzzcocks, passed away in 2018 we lost one of music's brightest stars - as well as the chance to hear his story in his own words. Or so it seemed. Now, recordings have surfaced of a series of remarkable interviews in which Pete tells the story of his life, his band and his place at the beating heart of the punk explosion in fascinating detail.

                                Recorded over a series of late-night calls with a close friend, the tapes hear Pete talk song-by-song through Buzzcocks releases to reveal the personal memories behind the music and the inspiration for masterpieces such as 'Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)' and 'What Do I Get?'. Published for the first time and with the blessing of Pete's estate, Ever Fallen In Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes is a tribute to a founding member of punk and a chance to hear one of music's true visionaries tell his own story at last.

                                16 - Mark Andrews

                                Paint My Name In Black And Gold : The Rise Of The Sisters Of Mercy

                                  Leeds, 1980. From the chaos of the city's vibrant post-punk scene emerges an unlikely band of young men who will, over the next five years, go on to invent goth as we know it and change the course of rock music forever, before blowing apart spectacularly on the verge of stardom. This is the story of the rise of the Sisters of Mercy.

                                  It focuses on the Sisters' two classic line-ups: Andrew Eldritch on vocals, Craig Adams on bass, Gary Marx and Ben Gunn - and later Wayne Hussey - on guitars, and a drum machine called Doktor Avalanche. Hussey and Adams were hard-living road dogs with fascinating musical back-stories; neither Gunn nor Marx were natural rock 'n' roll animals, but the latter performed with such abandon that it was hard to believe he also wrote the Sisters' most delicate and beautiful songs. Lead singer Eldritch was the most peculiar and compelling of them all, a singular and mesmerising amalgam of T.S. Eliot and David Bowie: in the period covered by this book, he staked a powerful claim to be the greatest rock star of his generation. Drawing on dozens of interviews with band members and key figures in the Sisters' journey, Paint My Name in Black and Gold is the definitive account of how - against the odds and all reasonable expectation - these men came to make transcendent and life-altering music.

                                  It is also about the glorious stupidity of being in a Leeds rock band in the early eighties, with tales involving a milk float, a hibernating snake, a wardrobe in a tree, an amyl nitrate-soaked effects pedal and the inopportune consumption of Dutch hash cake.

                                  17 - Mark Burgess Feat. Iman Kakai-Lazell

                                  Mark Burgess: Confessions, Lyrics & Nostalgia

                                    "I've always had a inquisitive side which has drawn certain characters into my life, some stay, some go, some tell you the real truth, those ones are keepers. In these series of confessions, lines and lyrics desires come through in a form of dreams, events and more. The individual is able to express themselves in a way they haven't been able to, and more importantly for me to add my interpretation to each piece. I hope you you love reading these as much as I have creating them." - Mark Burgess

                                    This is the first in a series of custom made books by artist Iman Kakai-Lazell, featuring icons of 'The Arts & Entertainment' in a way never before seen... in conjunction with each artist, each book will feature never before seen photo's, manipulated & reinterpreted with original lyrics & confessions. Each series will be extremely limited and will never be repressed. 


                                    18 - John Robb Feat. Iman Kakai-Lazell

                                    John Robb: Confessions Vol. 1

                                      Ladies & gentleman, introducing Mr. John David Robb... John Robb, is an English music journalist and singer. Robb writes for and runs the Louder Than War website and a monthly music magazine of the same name. He has written several books on music and occasionally makes media appearances as a music commentator. He is also the vocalist in the punk rock band Goldblade and bassist and vocalist in post punk band The Membranes.

                                      Robb has worked as a journalist for many years. He wrote for ZigZag in the 1980s, and was a regular freelance contributor to Sounds in the late 1980s, as well as writing for Melody Maker. He now writes for The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent.

                                      While working for Sounds, Robb was the first journalist to interview Nirvana (in 1988), and also later coined the word ‘Britpop'.

                                      "To live in the 21st century is an art from. To have your life turned into a visual feast is the aim of any artist. To have my life reimagined by Iman Kakai-Lazell has been a thrilling trip into sound and vision and this book is a dayglo adventure into the high decibel. As Lord Byron once said ‘ The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.’" - John Robb

                                      This is the 2nd in a series of custom made books by artist Iman Kakai-Lazell, featuring icons of 'The Arts & Entertainment' in a way never before seen. In conjunction with each artist, each book will feature never before seen photos, manipulated & reinterpreted with original lyrics & confessions. Each series will be extremely limited and will never be repressed.


                                      19 - Robby Krieger

                                      Set The Night On Fire - Signed Edition

                                        In his first book ever, legendary Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger, one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," opens up about The Doors' meteoric career, his own darkest moments, and the most famous black eye in rock 'n' roll.

                                        Few bands are as shrouded in the murky haze of rock mythology as The Doors, and parsing fact from fiction has been a virtually impossible task. But now, after fifty years, The Doors' notoriously quiet guitarist is finally breaking his silence to set the record straight.

                                        Through a series of vignettes, Robby takes readers back to where it all happened: the pawn shop where he bought his first guitar; the jail cell he was tossed into after a teenage drug bust; his parents' living room where his first songwriting sessions with Jim Morrison took place; and the many concert venues that erupted into historic riots.

                                        Robby also goes into heartbreaking detail about his life's most difficult struggles, ranging from drug addiction to cancer, but he balances out the sorrow with humorous anecdotes about run-ins with unstable fans, famous musicians, and one really angry monk. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE is at once an insightful time capsule of 1960s counterculture and a moving reflection on what it means to find oneself as a musician. It's not only a must-read for Doors fans, but an essential volume of American pop.

                                        20 - Tracey Thorn

                                        My Rock 'n' Roll Friend

                                          In 1983, backstage at the Lyceum in London, Tracey Thorn and Lindy Morrison first met. Tracey's music career was just beginning, while Lindy, drummer for The Go-Betweens, was ten years her senior. They became confidantes, comrades and best friends, a relationship cemented by gossip and feminism, books and gigs and rock 'n' roll love affairs.

                                          Morrison - a headstrong heroine blazing her way through a male-dominated industry - came to be a kind of mentor to Thorn. They shared the joy and the struggle of being women in a band, trying to outwit and face down a chauvinist music media. In My Rock 'n' Roll Friend Thorn takes stock of thirty-seven years of friendship, teasing out the details of connection and affection between two women who seem to be either complete opposites or mirror images of each other.

                                          This important book asks what people see, who does the looking, and ultimately who writes women out of - and back into - history.


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