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A Hard Road To Nowhere - The Blitzkrieg Bop Story [Kindle Edition]

John Hodgson
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    Product Description

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    A detailed account of the punk band Blitzkrieg Bop by their singer John Hodgson, aka Blank Frank.
    This UK based punk band rattled around the UK from 1977 to 1979, and although the band made records and embarked on a national tour, things went wrong more often than right.
    This story typifies the struggles and shattered dreams of a million bands that have shone brightly and faded away over the years.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 429 KB
    • Publisher: Opportunes Publishing; First edition edition (18 Feb 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004OEKFO4
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Surely not? 7 July 2011
    By BoroBoy
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Just incredible - every gig, every playlist bar one - shame on you John/Frank :-), every interview, every song they wrote - all documented in such detail. At first I was incredulous. I mean to say - Blitzkreig Bop; they were rubbish - right? But by the end I loved John/Frank's erm, rustic style of writing and concluded that Hodgson's unique archive of tapes, cuttings, broken guitar strings and who knows what else must be preserved (come on, Teesside University -step up!).
    Most of the recorded history of punk concentrates on the London (occasionally Manchester) scene - here's something that describes the truly provincial experience in all its remote and grimy reality. The Bop's first (and as it turns out only) claim to fame was that they put out an independent record early in the punk scheme of things. Their vain quest for fame & fortune (or even a fourth single, if you read the book) is ultimately unimportant - what shines through is John/Frank's love of the music and the Teesside music scene (from barns to youth clubs to the Rock Garden where I spent the Friday nights of my youth).
    Would you read it if you weren't a fifty-something Teessider (who wasn't a 'Travolta' -thanks John - in 1977)? Maybe not. But perhaps you should. It captures something universal and utterly home-made that hasn't happened since and probably never will again.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from a distant past 13 May 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A good potted history of a great local band. I wish there had been a lot more stuff about on the road experience etc .I feel I know everything there is to know about the band which I like.Saw them on a number of occasions and many memories were resonated with me. Just bought a live CD and I much prefer their own stuff to the covers they do,like UFO in particular.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money. 8 Nov 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    A fantastic book thats well written with humour about the life of a punk rock musician
    who grabbed the punk rock ethos and ran with it for as long as possible.
    And it,s only 77 pence...how punk is that!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars So many memories.... 22 Sep 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Essential reading for anyone who was part of the North Eastern Punk scene in the late '70's and a great first hand account of those heady days for everyone else. The memories held in every page had me devouring this bitter sweet memoir in just a few hours. Frank/John's writing style is accomplished and pacy, capturing the essence of being there, the struggles, successes and sheer joy of that amazing period.

    I remember the gigs so clearly, particularly those with Penetration, and Bop always delivered something which was wittier and more engaging than the usual "chugga-chugga" support band fare.

    I can't recommend this highly enough, it deserves to be enjoyed by a much wider audience.

    On a personal note; when he was working in Stockton HMV John gave me and my mate tickets to see Devo which he couldn't use (probably due to band commitments), he didn't charge us a penny and the gig is still one of the best I've ever attended. Thanks for that John and thanks for this great book!
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    Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Blank Frank 18 May 2012
    By Sid - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    One of my favorite punk bands told through the eyes of it's leader. It was interesting to me to see the rock star that I idolized from a point of vulnerabilty. Sometimes I forget that a band is comprised of individuals not a collective music making machine and this led some insight into where the music came from. Very happy with this purchase.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Punk on the Periphery 25 May 2012
    By K. A. Laity - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    John Hodgson's A Hard Road to Nowhere: The Blitzkrieg Bop Story captures that story from the other side of the equation; the intoxicating, maddening, frustrating and elating process of forging music in the fluctuating organism that is a band -- or rather a series of bands that finally create a centre of gravity that becomes Blitzkrieg Bop. Obviously blown away by The Ramones at a crucial age, Hodgson and his fellow bandmates find a wellspring of inspiration as the first eruptions of punk arrive in the remote northeast of England. The third person narrative occasionally feels a bit awkward but it provides a way to highlight the pages ripped from Hodgson's journals of the period, which capture the youthful highs and lows with vivid authenticity.

    Cheap as chips: get it now -- and be sure to bookmark Hodgson's Soundcloud page for the music to accompany it. A wide variety of songs, old and new and updated. Good stuff.

    [as reviewed on my blog, katewombat.blogspot.com]
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