If you weren't 'there' reading Tony Hill's latest offering The Palace and The Punks has to be the very best next thing. Using interviews with some of the infamous and legendary Topper Punks mixed with his own 'nose pressed to the glass - looking in' wishing he was older recollections, Tony Hill excellently captures the rise of this most unlikely middle of nowhere venue as it became one of the most notorious Punk venues on the tour circuit. You can't help but love this guys dry and witty but pithy North Nott's writing style as he recounts, mainly through the eyes of some of those who were there, stories of some of the top punk bands of the 70's (The Stranglers, The Members, Adam and the Antz, The Pretenders, Toyah, The Ruts, Simple Minds, UK Subs, Angelic Upstarts amongst many others) arriving in ..... err.... Jacksdale! Picture Del Boys van, New York, Paris.. Peckham and you'll kind of get it. Top bands of the day would publish tour adverts and posters in the NME, Sounds and Melody Maker proudly announcing dates in the usual big city venues, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds.... Jacksdale Grey Topper! Many of those band members who turned up and rubbed their eyes in disbelief at what they saw as they pulled in to this small mining village talk fondly in the book of their memories of the raw energy and enthusiasm of the Topper faithful.... others.... don't. Hat's off to Tony for getting this great blend of stories together and sharing them in such a 'real' and yet witty way. It's clear that he had the support of a lot of the bands that played the Topper none more so perhaps than the UK Subs, stalwarts of the Topper in it's pomp and kind enough to support the authors efforts to create a Topper reunion in the local Welfare only to have support withdrawn at the eleventh hour as less than fond local memories got the better of t'committee. I won't spoil the ending, do yourself a favour, dip your hand in your pocket and enjoy... The Palace and the Punks.