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You're Wondering Now: The Specials - From Conception To Reunion

You're Wondering Now: The Specials - From Conception To Reunion [Kindle Edition]

Paul Williams , Phill Jupitus
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The Specials turned the world of pop music on it's head in the late 1970's, fusing their multi cultural and West Indian tinged rhythms with a punk aesthetic which has endured to this day. One of the key bands of any time and place, their legacy endures, as evidenced by the popularity of their recent reformation. "You're Wondering Now", written by a ska insider and associate of the band, tells their story from it's origins to the present day, and has received warm praise from music fans the world over.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2918 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Red Books; 30 Anv edition (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071B71GW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy yourself 17 Feb 2010
Having found an old copy of this author's previous book on this top band in a local library I was looking forward to the update. Forget HMV or Waterstones "Are you sure there's a book out?" get it from Amazon!

This book brings back loads of memories Manchester Apollo, drawing Walt Jabsco on my english folder,dancing in front of the stalls along to a showing of 'Dance Craze' at the Odeon in Manchester, recording the rock goes to college gig on cassette and playing it constantly.

This a well researched, informative account of the hey day of the band and also the 'wilderness years' for the group members; for some more creative than others before the reunion. What I find impressive is how Paul Williams contextualises the social, political history that was happening at the time- I remember the riots- and how the music of the band reflected this.

The only other thing I would have liked would have been a list of tv appearances and how many gigs were filmed for 'Dance Craze'? Where's the footage now? Quibbles aside I recommend this book wholeheartedly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive collation of events... 24 Nov 2009
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...that led to the forming, split and re-forming of The Specials.

Whether you were a fan of The Specials from 1979-1981 and wondered what went wrong to cause the demise of the band you loved, or whether you're just discovering them for the first time, now that six of the original seven band members have re-formed for their 30th Anniversary Tour, and want to know more about the history behind the band, then this book is for you.

The author, Paul Williams (no, we're not related), a.k.a. "Willo", has pieced together the facts surrounding how the band initially formed, found success, touched the lives of millions of teenagers and then imploded in acrimony at their peak in 1981. He has then gone on to detail events from 1981 leading up to 2008 when band members got back together and started to rehearse again and finally, to the end of 2008, when it was announced that the 30th Anniversary Tour was to take place in 2009.

It's a book of interest to any Specials fan and judging by how quickly tickets to their shows sell-out there are a lot of us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Specials/2-Tone fan 26 July 2013
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Having just read Horace Panter's excellent Ska'd For Life, and Neville Staples "Rude Boy", this was a great book, written without prejudice about the rise, fall, and renaissance of a band and a movement that polarised British youth. What drove the band to become what they were, and how that drive, powered mostly by Dammers, caused its demise.

It makes me raise an eyebrow that they are again touring the US, a country I thought they would have learned to stay away from after reading the book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a Specials lover 6 April 2013
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My husband loves The Specials so if I can get my hands on anything he doesn't have, I get into his good books. This was delivered promptly and there were smiles all round
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