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Getting There - Punk Rock Tour Diaries: Volume One: v. 1 Paperback – 20 Jul 2006

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Arima Publishing (20 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845491289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845491284
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bobobob5 on 8 Sept. 2006
Having met TV at a recent gig, I thought this book was probably worth buying, and that I might 'dip into' it from time to time. What I hadn't bargained on was spending two days reading it from cover to cover, thoroughly absorbed in his account of life on the road!

There's some interesting coverage at the beginning of the book about The Adverts, but it then launches into a day-by-day account of his adventures in the UK and Europe (especially Germany, where he is very popular). His observational skills, enthusiasm and sense of humour are manifest on every page, and I found reading it an unexpected delight. If he wasn't so busy with his songwriting and gigs, maybe someone would consider employing him as a newspaper columist.

The 'years' to which the diary entries refer are not quite as clear as they might be, but you can easily work them out, so that's a pretty minor point. Buy it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Allen on 9 Oct. 2006
If you thought that being a famous musician with a top of the pops appearance and a hit single led to a glamorous life style, then read this book.A remarkable tale of how one man takes on the world as he strives to keep music real and for the people within an industry that doesn't care.

Written with humour and an easy to read style, you will not be able to put this book down as TV Smith goes from one town and one gig to another carving out his career on a shoestring budget

Enjoy this book

You surely will
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. N. Tole on 18 Nov. 2010
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I hadn't a clue what TV Smith was doing but like a lot of people my age I was quite interested to find out what he was doing and had been doing since the demise of the Adverts and one of the best punk albums ever. Turns out he's been gigging all round Europe (well at least Finland, germany and Austria and darkest UK) and this is Part1 of his diaries (I believe Part 2 is out at the moment).
An interesting read to say the least, of what gigging must be like for a +40ish punk playing generally by himself (though commonly as a support for others and getting others to join in with him on tour). It makes me wonder if you ever grow up, what that in fact means and if it matters at all - probably not to any of those questions. Wot me worry?
Anyway the book is a decent read if at times falling a little into the '.....got to the gig eventually (hasslesome), did a soundcheck (or not), PA blew up / fell to pieces / started making whoppee cushion noises / was excellent / could only take one plug, got wrecked, got no sleep, moved on to the next gig. Still he's worth ever penny he can get from this. Buy it if you remember the Adverts and go and see him on tour. He sounds an alright bloke.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Dec. 2010
You have to hand it to Tim, he never gives up. He led The Adverts one of the most impressive of all the punk bands, a group that consistently produced clever and original songs but which ultimately came to nothing due to record company mishandling, poor promotion, musical limitations within the band, and old fashioned bad luck. He picked himself up and formed a succession of bands that again produced some great music and which again came to nothing for similar reasons. By now in his late thirties most men would have given up at this point and gone straight. Not Tim. He picked himself up and went on an endless road trip armed with just an acoustic guitar and playing god awful gigs in god awful towns across the UK and Europe. Especially Europe. He built up a small but dedicated following and although he continues to sell few records he can probably fill any small club, pub or winebar anywhere between Southport and Smolensk.

This is the story of those endless years on the road. Well written and enjoyable for the most part it is well worth a read.
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