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The Rhythm Method: Sex, Drums and Rock'n'Roll [Special Limited Edition] [Paperback]

Nicky Forbes , Vince Ray
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16 Jun 2008
WHAT HAPPENED ON TOUR, STAYED ON TOUR - UNTIL NOW! The Revillos' sticksman Nicky Forbes (Rocky Rhythm) draws on his musical escapades in the 1970s punk scene and beyond into the 1980s. Delve into The Rhythm Method and be part of the euphoric high of appearing on Top Of The Pops and playing gigs across the world: you'll be there, backstage, onstage, and back in the hotel room... You'll sign to Virgin and record at Abbey Road, have sordid sex in low places, be idolised, be discarded. The author throws you right inside the band's van, on an ill-advised and relentless tour across America. You'll be in the thick of the squabbles, the high jinks, laughs and punch-ups. And you'll hang out with dozens of infamous groups and characters from a fascinating period of recent musical history. __With 30 previously unseen archive pictures. Fast developing a cult status, this book has the limited edition, collectible 'purple swirl' cover by renowned low-brow artist Vince Ray. Additionally, these eBay sales are individually signed by the author. __LOYD GROSSMAN broadcaster and guitarist, says: 'Who'd want to play in a band like this? Nicky's book is essential reading for wannabe pop stars, fans and music biz veterans.' __Melody Maker, Sounds and Record Mirror editor, ALF MARTIN, says: 'The Rhythm Method whacks you in the face fast and furious right from the beginning and just doesn't stop. In this vividly honest tale of the extraordinary, triumphant life and demise of pop group The Rezillos/Revillos, the author doesn't let up even when it comes to the gory stories. He gives us a backstage pass to the mythology that pop is all a high. It was a long time coming but it's worth it.' For more info on the book, reader reviews etc., see www.revillos.co.uk/rhythm

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Suffolk and Watt Books; First Edition edition (16 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954598539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954598532
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As recently as January 2012, Nicky Forbes' critically acclaimed first book, The Rhythm Method, charted at No. 1 on Amazon for books of its genre. The author, 55, played drums through the 70s, the punk era and beyond, working with several name bands and with singers as diverse as Sinitta and Joe Strummer. The Rhythm Method was picked by UK music magazine of the year, The Word, as 'one of the 8 greatest rock memoirs'. Described as "magnificent" by XFM, The Rhythm Method graphically describes the rise, crash and burn of his band, the Rezillos/Revillos, from deep inside the group. Living in London with his wife and son, Nicky still plays drums, but also sings and plays guitar in his own band The Roadholders. He is currently working on a novel.

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'Sometimes, a music book comes along which raises the bar - one that redefines its genre - and The Rhythm Method does just that. It reads like a novel as the author drops you decisively on the drum stool, centre-stage, enmeshing the reader in the panoply of authentic rock group experiences. The Rhythm Method sets the standard by which other music memoirs must now be judged.' --The Damned singer, DAVID VANIAN. 'I defy any reader to put this book down unfinished. The Rhythm Method is an hilarious and sometimes harrowing tale. Anyone who seriously wants to be a rock'n'roll star should read this hugely entertaining account.' --ED TUDOR-POLE, of Tenpole Tudor. 'Reading The Rhythm Method reminds me of all the good, laugh out loud times and horrid things, in a break-out-in-a-cold-sweat kinda way, about being in a band - and the music business in general. Not everyone is Madonna or U2 and The Rhythm Method is an articulate reality check of the life and struggles of the rest of the 99% of musicians in the world. This is accomplished via an appealing peek at memories of past decades when rock'n'roll had bite, as did the characters that made it, existing far away from the Britain we know today.' --PATRICIA MORRISON, The Gun Club, Sisters of Mercy. --PATRICIA MORRISON, The Gun Club, Sisters of Mercy

'I defy any reader to put this book down unfinished. The Rhythm Method is an hilarious and sometimes harrowing tale. Anyone who seriously wants to be a rock'n'roll star should read this hugely entertaining account.' --ED TUDOR-POLE, of Tenpole Tudor

'Reading The Rhythm Method reminds me of all the good, laugh out loud times and horrid things, in a break-out-in-a-cold-sweat kinda way, about being in a band - and the music business in general. Not everyone is Madonna or U2 and The Rhythm Method is an articulate reality check of the life and struggles of the rest of the 99% of musicians in the world. This is accomplished via an appealing peek at memories of past decades when rock'n'roll had bite, as did the characters that made it, existing far away from the Britain we know today.' --PATRICIA MORRISON, The Gun Club, Sisters of Mercy

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You don't have to be familiar with cult group the Rezillos/Revillos to enjoy mainlining this fast-paced memoir. Drummer Nicky Forbes throws you right inside the band's van, on an ill-advised and relentless tour across America. You'll be in the thick of the squabbles, the high jinks and punch-ups. And you'll hang out with dozens of famous groups and characters from a fascinating period of music.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, yeah... 16 Oct 2008
By baggi-t
Format:Paperback
I was a huge fan of the Rezillos / Revillos back in my university days in a time when sex was safe and smoking was good for you. At weekends I trawled the record shops in Dundee and Edinburgh and rounded up copies of every picture sleeve single the band produced. The crashing guitars, pop-tastic sci-fi outfits and vintage motorcycles seemed a world away from my student pauper life in Fife.

So I fell on Nicky's book expecting to read about a wild and crazy punk-pop life where the Jetsons do Forbidden Planet. The truth turned out to be more like The Young Ones do Spinal Tap. It seems I probably had more money to spend on a weekend in Edinburgh buying the band's records than they were earning from them touring in America.

The pop stardom of the Revs was so close to the real thing but in the end, there were no Rollers in swimming pools or TVs out of hotel room windows, and no one got rich. This book is a justification for people like me who never wasted any time and energy on thinking they could be a pop star and went directly to the grown-up job thing. Our careers advisers were right - you'll never make it in a band. What they didn't tell us was we'd have a hoot failing and might even get to pee in a grand piano...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabtastic read! 23 Aug 2008
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Fabtastic Read .. Started to read this account of The Revillos snapshot of life on the road and just could not put it down! Lots of LOL moments, esp the toilet story at Top of the Pops studio and driving into a twister!
Photos are Goggletatsic and a look into a multi coloured , Smartie splashed world of a band that very nearly made it to the big time.

Their fanz will always have some brill memories and now this book to cherish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for any musician or fan 19 Aug 2008
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This is a vivid account of life within the Revillos from drummer Nicky Forbes (aka Rocky Rhythm) also an alumnus of the Pork Dukes.

The book traces his upbringing in the 1960s and 1970s in Essex to the invitation to join the Revillos following the acrimonious split of the Rezillos in 1978.

Always a top live attraction, a series of bum record deals and ever changing personnel leaves the band floundering. For reasons all too often beyond the band's control they never quite achieved the commercial break-through that they deserved. The most vivid part of the band's history comes from one of their most stable line ups - with guitarist Kid Krupa and bass player Vince Santini. A gruelling US tour, with 7 band members plus road crew crammed into a van is the most enjoyable (for the reader if not for the people at the time) part of the book. Even if you're not familiar with the band's music (and if you're not you really should be - their early 60s retro-stylings make more sense now than perhaps they did in the early 1980s) Forbes brings the various personalities in the band vividly to life.

Nicky writes with self-depreciating humour, and brings the realities of life for the "failed" pop star to life. The gap between his peer's perception of the Top of the Pops-appearing pop star and the reality of having to sign on the dole within 12 months of that appearance may shatter the illusions of some readers. The feting of the band's singers at the expense of the musicians and the feeling that the band are picked up by EMI as a tax loss serves to drive morale down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 22 Jun 2008
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Once I started reading this account of Nickys dream of being a musician in a successful band i couldn't put it down, It made me laugh and cry and I really felt as if I was on this journey with him. He told it as it was, not what we wanted to hear by papering over the cracks. Well written and the photographs were great, after reading it I had to get my Revillos cds back out to have a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars at last a book that tells it like it is! 20 Jun 2008
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This is a great book Nicky Forbes has obviously been there and done that and by the time I finished reading it I felt like I had too. I've read numerous books that purport to give you incite into what it must be like to be in a successful band but all have been huge disappointments - this one wasn't - its entertaining and informative - so thanks Nicky for keeping it real. I've since reading this book (thanks to youtube) discovered the Revillos - just wish you guys were still playing as I would have loved to have seen you play live. It sounds a blast!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rev Up! 7 Sep 2008
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Just what we need in 2008 I thought! Not another hard done by geriatric punk rocker bewailing his misfortune and reminding everyone that he/she/it not only invented punk but that he/she /it shoulda been the biggest band ever but for ??...(insert whatever lame excuse springs to mind)...
Well thankfully Nicky Forbes (better known to you and me as Rocky Rhythm, sticksman for the much under rated Revillos)steps neatly around that particular pitfall and performs the kinda amazing feat of penning a compulsively readable tome both about his erstwhile adventures in the industry of human happiness as a pork duke/rezillo but also intertwines it with affectionate and laff out loud reflections on growing up in the 60's and 70s..
Unlike most any such memoirs I've read Nicky/Rocky simply tells it like it happened and don't pull his punches or try to rewrite history. For anyone who ever played in any band anytime this will ring ever so true...but for folks who played in punk bands back then it's un-nervingly true to life. Sure I guess hundreds of bands have similar tales to tell - but I've yet to read anything that captures the daily ups and downs quite as well! As Nicky (and anyone who ever picked up a guitar in anger) knows - being in a band can be as devastatingly debilitating and heartbreaking as any other addiction (and belive me it is!)- but it can also be the best fun you'll ever have with or without your clothes on!
Also, fer sure, this book'll send ya back to yer old Revillos platters and remind ya just how thrilling and ahead of the game they were - which is as good a reason as any to pick this up.
So..enough yammerin' from me - just buy this! You'll not regret it!
Brian Young (belfast)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, well written, informative
Mr Forbes can play the drums (I saw the Revillos a few times) and he can write too! Excellent and honest account, good to see the financial analysis too. Read more
Published 11 months ago by UKLurker
5.0 out of 5 stars Abso bloody fantastic
Well, what a read! And most educational too. If you want to know the ins and outs, highs and lows, warts and all about what its like to be a musician fighting his way through the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by jimmy crackov
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly flawed
As somebody who saw The Revillos a few times way back when and enjoy their pop-punk 60's records I was looking forward to reading this book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock-a-boom!
Anyone who has been in the kind of band band who never quite 'made it' - or even never made it beyond 'local band' level - will relate to a lot of the painfully honest content of... Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by Ulysses
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE ROCK STAR
In this fantastic book, author and drummer Nicky Forbes claims he never ended up becoming a rock star, in my book, he is a true rock star. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Scott K. Tisch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Band, Great Read
I ordered this book after getting a flyer from the Rezillos gig at the Underworld in December, (which was brilliant by the way). Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by Dave A
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rev Review
In case anyone is stuck for a present for music loving friends
or just want a treat for yourselves, I unreservedly recommend the book 'The
Rhythm Method' by Nicky Forbes... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by Lee Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bang!
Brilliant book for anyone interested in music, groups, touring, drumming or life. Nicky is a true one-off; a charismatic maniac - and I mean that in a good way.... Buy it!
Published on 23 Jan 2011 by Spook
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang the sprite into the light
A brilliant book exposing genital warts and crabs of making music in a hostile climate.

The Rezillos and the Revillos were Cramps cousins, the only British band who... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
4.0 out of 5 stars Revved Up
I saw the Revillos several times in Liverpool and Manchester during the early 80's and they were always a hugely entertaining live band. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by Neil HARRIS
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