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Death to Trad Rock [Paperback]

John Robb
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7 Sep 2009
In the 1980s, the charts overflowed with what felt to many like the most boring pop music ever made - and the underground exploded. The post-punk scene was a diverse collection of bands brought together by independent releases and aided by reportage in fanzines and airplay by John Peel. This is the first time this era of music has been analysed in such depth, exploring the loose confederation of noisenik outfits including Three Johns, The Membranes, The Ex, Wedding Present, A Witness, Bogshed and Big Flame.

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: CHERRY RED BOOKS (7 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901447367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901447361
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 14.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars POP Rash ! 14 Oct 2009
I remember this era very well indeed....
Overblown 80's Chart acts with perms and shoulder pads ruled the land via TOTPs and elsewhere an Alternative Scene was taking place within the UKs cellars and bars....Two opposite ends of the spectrum...!
I can rememmber seeing North West bands such as Bogshed, The Membranes and Vee V V peddling their individual musical styles up and down the country,sharing gigs and a certain empathy.This book details those bands and is another worthwile contribution by Mr.Robb......
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5.0 out of 5 stars about time this book was done! 27 Sep 2009
I grew up through the discordant, complex post punk scene that this book details. I spent my youth going to see a lot of these bands. Brushed aside by the re wrting of post punk history it's great to see it all in a book. Who better to do it than John Robb, central to the scene in his band the Membranes and acclaimed author. This book is well written and well researched. A real joy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about a key music scene 30 Mar 2010
By Jane
'Death To Trad Rock' is a brilliantly written account of one of the overlooked corners of the British music scene. Robb perfectly captures the excitement of the post-punk underground and the last stand of bands who thrilled to the DIY ethics of punk rock.
The bands in the book are linked together by their attitude and the circuit of gigs that they played on creating a bond with their DIY ethic.
The author certainly captures the excitement of the revolutionary period but also puts it into a deeper context of the political and musical background of the times. It's a big book, really well researched and crammed full of facts but never loses its sense of direction or its focus on clearly presenting the story of youthful idealism and brilliant discordant music.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book- one of the best rock books I've ever read- gripping from beginning to end and giving me a very clear understanding of a fascinating music scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 11 July 2010
about time this book was written! very entertaining, fascinating and a vital account of the 'scene' that would have never called itself a scene. robb is a great raconteur and this unique book deserves a place on your shelf.
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