For a Fall fan, there's enough here to keep you happy. Brilliant encounters with Craig Scanlon, Kay Carroll, Una Baines and Martin Bramah which give a voice to the previously unspoken and underappreciated members of The Fall. Some seriously funny anecdotes, perhaps the best of all being the story, true or not it doesn't matter, of The Fall's first ever drummer being sacked for writing an anthem called "Landslide Victory", in anticipation of his heroine Margaret Thatcher's election triumph. And all of it gives you a much better insight into the way that some of the greatest Fall albums shambolically came into existence. For that it's worth the read.
But I have to admit to skimming over large tracts of rather contrived autobiographical back story which seems like unnecessary padding. For example, a rather indulgent bit of prolonged musing involves wondering what the two serious girlfriends in his life have in common and how this tenuously links back to some Fall song title. There's also far too much cliched background setting. I can't recall the number of times he'll introduce another member of The Fallen (the collective name of those who were summarily dismissed by MES) and their appearance on a particular album by saying: It was the time when Alvin stardust was number one and the 3 day week was in full swing. It makes me wince to be honest. I see that sort of stuff in badly ghost written footballers' biographies entitled "My Story".
to sum up, it's not a very well written book by some distance, but that shouldn't detract from the brilliance of the subject.