NO SLEEP TILL CANVEY ISLAND – THE GREAT PUB ROCK REVOLUTION
Originally published in 2000 and updated in 2003 this is the in-depth history of the London pub rock scene of the early-mid 1970s, including a fully detailed account of the famous Brinsley Schwarz ‘Fillmore Trip’ (1970), also known as ‘The Hype’. Featuring a wealth of anecdotes and interviews with Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, Graham Parker, Wilko Johnson and others, this is the definitive account of a crucial seven-year period in British rock history.
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“Illuminating… what sustains the book is Will Birch’s extraordinary attention to detail, crucial observations only available to someone who was there at the time” Mojo
“An exhilarating anecdotal history” Q
“The Pepys of pub rock… Estimable…” Independent on Sunday
Kindle Edition November 2016
IAN DURY –
THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY
Published in 2010 by Sidgwick & Jackson (paperback edition Pan Macmillan 2011) this is the true story of a man with a vision who turned his disability into a solid gold asset. Thoroughly researched and including interviews with over 60 colleagues, friends, family members, and Dury himself, this is the story of the man who gave us ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, ‘Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll’, ‘What A Waste’ and many others with his band The Blockheads.
“Exemplary… well considered in every aspect, inspired by a huge admiration for its subject… never flinches from acknowledging Ian’s capacity for monstrous behaviour” Uncut
“The first essential music book of the year… a gripping biography of one of the most unlikely yet cherished musical figures of the late 20th century… extraordinarily well-researched” Record Collector
“Emphatically written, thoroughly researched, recommended reading” Mojo
CRUEL TO BE KIND – THE LIFE & MUSIC OF NICK LOWE (AUGUST 2019)
Once described as ‘Britain’s greatest living songwriter’, not to mention ‘one of the world’s great interviews’, Nick Lowe’s five decades in rock and roll have been a triumph of single-minded dedication to his craft over periods of charmed nonchalance and hard living. Based on over 30 hours of exclusive interviews with Lowe himself, and peppered with first hand quotes from key associates, including Elvis Costello, Curtis Stigers, Chrissie Hynde, Ry Cooder, and Johnny Marr, this is the definitive account of one of the most remarkable lives in popular music. For updates follow https://twitter.com/nicklowebio