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5.0 out of 5 stars
excellent, 24 Nov 2010
Just bought this book and it's great. V interesting how much musicians' surroundings influenced their work (so obvious in bands like The Smiths, Joy Division, Blur) and this book is great for that- tells you which schools and council flats they were brought up in, what lyrics were about their home towns etc
Also liked the album cover shots- where and how they were taken and stories behind them.
I found out one of my favourite songs (Mad World) was written five minutes away from where I'm sitting now, as well as the stories behind the songs about places like Primrose Hill and nearby (for me) Solsbury Hill. Slightly disheartened to learn that Ray Davies didn't actually write Waterloo Sunset about Waterloo.
Also made me want to check out bands I hadn't bothered with before, such as Half Man Half Biscuit who sound hilarious.
Great for those `did you know...' moments in the pub.