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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jawbone (15 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906002568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906002565
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SIMON SPENCE has written for NME, The Face, i-D, The Independent, Q, The Sun, The Japan Times and Dazed & Confused. He collaborated with Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham on the memoirs Stoned and 2Stoned and won further acclaim for his 2012 biography of The Stone Roses, War and Peace. His latest book is Still Breathing: The True Adventures of The Donnelly Brothers.

Blog: http://www.thestoneroseswarandpeace.com/




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Set against the harsh, stark Essex backdrop, Spence s work is eloquent and structured, curating an exceptional story of creativity, cooperation and expedition. And it s a superb read, even if you do think Depeche Mode slightly naff. --Joe Duhig, Record Collector

A great read! It covers the very early days of the group & I am featured prominently because I was an eyewitness to that period. --Boyd Rice, experimental electronic-music pioneer

An impressive book shedding new light on the part that their hometown played in moulding a band that would go on to sell over 100 million albums. --Sophia Deboick, The Quietus

About the Author

Simon Spence collaborated with Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham on the acclaimed memoirs Stoned (Vintage, 2001) and 2Stoned (Vintage, 2003), and then wrote his own book about Loog Oldham's legendary Immediate Records (Black Dog, 2008). As a journalist Simon has written features on popular culture for many publications, including the NME, The Face, i-D, Dazed and Confused, The Independent, The Japan Times and International Herald Tribune.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Drexyl Spivey on 31 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been a follower of Depeche Mode since hearing 'Speak & Spell' being blasted
out of a friends ghetto blaster in early 1982. So, I just had to get this book!

The book sets the scene in 1970's Basildon with a melting pot of Bowie freaks; soul boys; beer boys and punks, who turned 'electric' when Tubeway Army and the early Human League albums hit the shelves. There is background information on Gahan; Gore; Clarke and Fletcher's teenage years and influences, leading up to the start of Depeche Mode. This information has been gathered by the author interviewing people that were/are friends of the band and people in the music industry that helped Depeche get the worldwide recognition that they deserved. This book also covers the birth and early years of Mute records. The author has decided to interview people directly and steer clear of rehashing old articles from the press or previous books.

It is interesting to find out that Martin L Gore listened to delta blues rebel: Robert Johnson as well as Throbbing Gristle and there was also the time that Phil Spector and Depeche Mode crossed paths. The book ends on 'Black Celebration' and hopefully Simon Spence will write a sequel to this intriguing, informative and enjoyable read that answers many questions about Depeche Mode's formative and
later years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pmh on 26 Feb 2014
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It's always difficult writing reviews, as those who really rate a book will never agree with those who don't.

Taking a break from my usual genre, I have been catching up on nostalgia by reading biographies of musicians from the 80s.

I bought this book on the recommendation of a full house of 5 stars, but was not that impressed, especially when comparing it to the other biographies I have read to date.

The first 30% or so of this book is a social history of new towns. Had I wanted this much information on new towns I would have bought a book on the subject.

I also found the book a very long winded way of giving basic information, with several pages used where a single paragraph would have sufficed. It is also very repetitive in parts.

I appreciate there are many people involved with the story of Depeche Mode, and most do get a mention, but there are times where it is easy to get lost and you have to re-read parts to try and work out who said what.

I haven't read the other offerings on Depeche Mode yet, and this may well be the best book on the subject, but the style of the author is just not to my taste.
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Format: Paperback
Hilarious.
As a Barstable Comprehensive pupil myself ( I lived across the road from 'Jod's', and Gary Harsent was in my class), this book has been a trip down memory lane. I had forgotten the name of the record stall that everyone got their 45's from, and I did frequent the Burger bar outside Raquel's on a Satuday evening, but coming from Basildon, you learnt pretty early on when trouble was brewing and moved. Even the 'Double Six' pub, in a bid to smarten itself, up was renamed 'The Flying Childers'. Unfortunately, the glass throwing never stopped (endemic at that pub) and was collquially referred to as 'The Flying Bottle'.
In addition, I recall the early days of Depeche Mode's success, as Dave Gahan moving up the social scale could be seen roaring round in his Porsche up Langdon Hills (posh bit of Bas). Everyone thought it was great, no one that I knew ever envied his success ; we were all just pleased for 'one of ours' to have made it.
Thanks for the read. I for one can vouch that the research is impeccable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cinnamon Graham on 13 Aug 2013
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I've read quite a few books on Depeche and this is most definitely the most detailed, well resached and well written. Music Biogs are rarely what you would describe as 'page turners' but this one had me sitting up til 3 or 4 in the morning as I wanted to keep reading. Read it in a week. Highly Recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adele Mitchell on 15 Jan 2013
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As a fan of Depeche Mode since 1989 & the owner of all the other books written on them, I wasn't expecting to read anything in here that I hadn't before. How wrong was I? This book covers all the time that Depeche were not on my musical radar and comes up with some very revealing insights. If you are a fan of the band & their music, buy and read this book immediately.
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