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'The Stone Roses have become folk heroes, frozen in time. And their story, with roots in punk through post-punk, scooter boys, skinheads, Northern Soul, psychedelia, acid house and Madchester, is everything that is great about British street culture.'
Reni. Mani. Ian Brown. John Squire.
Names that will forever be remembered for creating their defining album The Stone Roses and a unique but inimitable baggy style.
Their phenomenal story was first documented by the man who was with them every step of the way: John Robb. And now, in this special edition of his acclaimed and intimate biography, Robb brings the ultimate rock 'n' roll tale fully up to date.
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'To see The Clash on the White Riot tour was like discovering how to be a rock star: you just did it yourself. You didn't wait for someone to come and discover you. That was the most important thing that came out of punk... We came home and we cut our hair and bought skinny trousers. It was year zero. That was the moment for me' Billy Bragg
Punk Rock is a book like no other. It is an oral history of a radical movement which exploded in Seventies Britain. With its own clothes, hair, artwork, fanzines and radical politics, Punk boasted a DIY ethos that meant anyone could take part. The scene was uniquely vibrant and energetic, leaving an extraordinary legacy of notorious events, charismatic characters and inspirational music.
John Robb has spent over a year interviewing more than 100 contributors including Glen Matlock, Mick Jones, Don Letts, Slash, Billy Bragg, Hugh Cornwell and Captain Sensible. Now, for the first time, they give the inside view on events such as The Sex Pistols' swearing live on the Bill Grundy TV show and staging their anti-Jubilee riverboat party on the Thames, famous gigs at The Roxy and 100 Club, and the groundbreaking records by The Pistols, The Clash, The Damned and others.
From the widely debated roots of punk in the late-Sixties through to the fallout of the post-punk period in 1984, and the ongoing influence on today's bands, Punk Rock is the definitive oral history of aninimitable and exciting movement.
IF YOU REMEMBER THE NINETIES...YOU WERE THERE!
The Rock 'N' Roll Fifties. The Swinging Sixties. The trashy Seventies. The money-grabbing Eighties. There is a neat bunch of clichés for every era, but THE NINETIES...
What the f**k was that all about?
John Robb takes us on a personal odyssey through the definitive pop cultural moments that shaped the decade in the UK.
In the crazed aftermath of the late '80s northern pop explosion there have been few survivors. The Charlatans, however, still prosper despite once being perceived as runts of the Manchester music scene. The cruellest of luck has visited heartbreaking death, nervous exhaustion, a jail sentence, and the prospect of falling almost totally out of fashion upon them. And yet, a deceptively tough band with a charismatic lead singer, their combination of unnerving honesty, sheer pop talent, great live shows, and a total and touching commitment to their fans has seen them survive some of the worst disasters that fate has thrown at any pop group. They have remarkable street suss that, with their small town backgrounds makes them totally at one with their huge following -- a relationship that has given them a fistful of number one albums. This is a tale of a love of pop and a lust for life. A story of northern pop and a band with guts and a passion for creativity. It traces the rise of the Charlatans from the fringes of the Manchester scene in the late Eighties to their current position at the top of British music, one of the key bands of the Nineties in possession of a rare and beautiful canon of great pop tunes.
The band, the lifestyle, the revolution. This classic biography charts the phenomenal rise of The Stone Roses to the icons they are today, using interviews, rehearsal tapes and the archives of author John Robb who was with them from the beginning.
Robb's exclusive inside knowledge of The Stone Roses creates a compelling and intimate insight into how the band single-handedly set the blueprint for the resurgence of UK rock 'n' roll in the 1990s: Ian Brown's new lazy-style vocals, Reni's fluid, funk-tinged, ground-breaking drumming, and the guitar genius of John Squire.
From the band members' early years to the inception of the Roses, through the tours and success, their influences and style, to the demise of the original line-up and their solo careers; every high and low is documented in minute detail.
Fully revised and updated, this is the definitive, most revered account of one of Britain's most important bands.
Am Anfang war das ChaosMit John Robbs 'oral history' liegt jetzt erstmals die komplette Geschichte des britischen Punk vor - erzählt von den wichtigsten Zeitzeugen. Autor John Robb, lässt alle zu Wort kommen: John Lydon, Malcolm McLaren, Captain Sensible, Billy Bragg oder Siouxsie Sioux. Herausgekommen ist ein unverzichtbares Standardwerk, das die Bewegung in ihrer ganzen Bandbreite beleuchtet: von Mode über Politik bis zur Musik.• Für alle Leser der Bestseller 'Verschwende deine Jugend' von Jürgen Teipel und 'England's Dreaming' von Jon Savage• Das unverzichtbare Standardwerk für jeden Musik- und ZeitgeistinteressiertenJohn Robb wuchs in der britischen Hafenstadt Blackpool auf. 1977 gründete er 'The Membranes', eine Band, die als Wegbereiter des Post-Punk gilt. In den späten Achtzigern arbeitete er als Journalist für das Sounds-Magazin. Seit den Neunzigern ist Robb wieder als Musiker aktiv und tourt mit seiner neuen Band Goldblade regelmässig durch Europa.