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.