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The Prodigy: Electronic Punks 1988-1994 [Paperback]

Martin Roach
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24 July 2010
Classic reissue of the very first biography of the world's biggest hard dance/rock act. With a new introduction by Liam Howlett putting this classic early phase in the context of their historically important career, this book is a must-buy for the millions of Prodigy fans eager to learn about the band s formative days. THE PRODIGY have sold 25 million records and single-handedly reinvented the crossover between dance and rock music, with legendary songs such as Firestarter, Omen and Breathe. However, long before they became a stadium-filling rock monster, The Prodigy were prowling the underground of the UK rave scene, first as a blistering demo of tunes by the prodigious teenage Liam Howlett, then latterly with their breakthrough masterpiece, Music For The Jilted Generation. Martin Roach was present throughout the band's early years and documented their rise from the underground into the bright lights of music superstardom. Containing hours and hours of exclusive interviews, the book chronicles the band's early years in minute detail, speaking to each band member and all the key players along the way.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Music Press; New Edition edition (24 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906191174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906191177
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Martin Roach is a Number 1 Best-selling author with scores of books on music, celebrity and youth culture to his name, including works on Red Hot Chili Peppers, The White Stripes, Dr. Martens and Kurt Cobain. His books have to date sold 1.5 million copies worldwide.

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Let me first start of by saying I am a hardcore Prodigy fan, and have been for 15+ years. Therefore this book isn't new territory for myself, as I owned the original print from 94. However this 2010 reissue is essentially the same book (complete with the odd grammatical errors and incorrect song titles; 'Horns of Jericho' is known simply as 'Jericho' that were found in said 1994 publication) that I read as a youngster. However I have recently read this paperback again with more mature eyes and it's quite the interesting read.

As stated in the books title, it covers the period of the band between '88-94'. However '88' isn't when The Prodigy formed, that was 1990. The year 1988 refers to the stories/lives of the members of the band before it formed. Martin Roach tells the respective journey of each band member; Liam, Maxim, Keith & Leeroy (a little known fact is the Prodigy started as a 5 piece with 3 dancers, the 3rd being a female named 'Sharky' who left the band shortly after they formed. This is touched upon in this book as to be expected). It's interesting to hear where each band member came from and their respective influences as youths. It's well documented that Liam is big into hip-hop (as reflected in alot of his tracks) and the nature of that scene is documented well in this book. However the stories of Keith, Maxim & Leeroy aren't as widely documented as those of Howlett, so it's interesting to see just how different each of the four members of the band were before its formation.

The early days of the band are covered well by Roach. He describes the band being so nervous for their first gig (at the Labyrinth nightclub in Dalston) that they arrived 8 hours early. And it was on that very day that Liam, Keith, Leeroy and Sharky actually met Maxim for the first time too.
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