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.