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5.0 out of 5 stars
This Is A Really Great Book, 5 April 2012
This is a pretty definitive read. It sits well alongside extremely well regarded books that have covered similar ground( Simon Reynolds - Rip It Up comes to mind )yet expands the stories deeper and further. It unearths new perspectives successfully on how the independent music scene has evolved across the 30 year period he chooses to cover. I grew up on artists like the Smiths, Joy Division and labels like 4AD, Factory, Mute and Rough Trade. The author has managed to talk to people from within all the labels in a really entertaining way. There's some great stories and some great insights behind the success of bands like the Arctic Monkeys that help explain some of the reasons behind their emergence into the public conciousness. It's a big page turner, highly, highly recommended.