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Let's Wreck: Psychobilly Flashbacks from the Eighties and Beyond Paperback – 18 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Red Books; 2nd edition (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954624904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954624903
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.6 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,033,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been writing about movie sleaze and demented Rock 'n' Roll since 1995 and have written for the magazines Total Film, Bite Me, BFM and The Encyclopedia of Cinematic Trash.

My first book 'Let's Wreck' was a part-biographical look at the Psychobilly scene from the early 1980's to the 2000's. This mutated music genre grinds together the very best of Punk, Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly and many other boot-stomping forms of music into a hellbound racket that has been starved of the oxygen of the mainstream music press for too long.

In a bid to continue to record the history of Psychobilly for posterity I launched 'Vinyl Dementia: The Psychobilly & Trash Record Guide'. (Now deleted due to undemand).

'Hell's Bent On Rockin': A History of Psychobilly' was my attempt to chronicle the entire Psychobilly genre at the time for Cherry Red Books. I'm pleased to say that since it was published the scene has continued to grow so much that its now kinda out of date but it covers the movement from its earliest days right up to 2005.

After the mammoth task of 'Hell's Bent...' was behind me I decided to move into fiction as I have long been a fan of exploitative pulp paperbacks from the 1970's. Short snappy novels filled with bikers, skinheads, teddy boys, boot boys, youth gangs, randy window cleaners, sexually frustrated housewives and ruthless characters from the old west are what I enjoy the most and both 'Psychobilly - the novel' and 'Apache Gold' are my contributions to the genre I love.

I currenty write for the music magazines StreetSounds (UK) & DogEatRobot (Italy) and create sleevenotes for selected rockin' releases from Cherry Red Records.

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... Lets Wreck is packed with detail and incident. If you were there it ll all come flooding back. If you werent, you might find yourself hankering for a misspent youth you never had, thanks to this hugely entertaining insight into a fascinating scene most musical commentators would prefer to pretend never existed at all. --Paul Carnahan - Scottish Daily Express.

About the Author

Craig Brackenridge is the author of the books 'LET'S WRECK', 'HELL'S BENT ON ROCKIN' & 'PSYCHOBILLY' and the cult fanzines THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PSYCHOBILLY & TRASH and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CINEMATIC TRASH. He has also written, on the subject of cult music genres and exploitation cinema for magazines including TOTAL FILM, BITE ME and BFM.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By itsaXXXXthingblog on 26 July 2006
Format: Paperback
Normally books that cover a sub genre of music are cursed to only find favour with a limited audience. Hopefully this will not be the case with "Let's Wreck".

As if this was to slip by without breaking out of the constraints of the limited psychobilly scene. Then it would be a great tragedy.

Once read, it becomes apparent that the music is just the thread that the author weaves his story around. In fact the music is just one facet of the story. Really this book is more about an honest account of a young mans journey through life.

It's all laid out in a very simplistic form, but I guess that is where the magic lies. The author manages to make his story sound like an everymans tale. It could be one of your mates in the pub regaling you with his tales of a misspent youth. Funny and introspective in turns I found this hugely enjoyable.

A top read, and not just for the psychos.
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