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on 12 April 2013
If you were a fan of the NWOBHM music style in the early 1980's and grew up in a geographical area defined by the three mighty rivers of the Tyne, the Tees and the Wear then this is a "must read". It's not often I read a book these days and its even rarer for me to finish one but to do both, and in a single day, tells you how much I enjoyed this. It does leave you wanting more, which I suppose is the sign of a good book.
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on 9 July 2013
I'm a huge fan of NWOBHM, probably my favourite era for music, having gone to many, many gigs during those glory years and Mark Gregory's book, for me, perfectly encapsulates that magical time. It's written with great enthusiasm and humour that made it unputdownable for me; great tales of local radio, local and national/international gigs and some of the great bands from back in the day, Black Rose, Battleaxe and more (More!). So many highlights, including a Def Leppard interview and a European jaunt with Satan. If you want a thoroughly entertaining blast through a wonderful, electrifying phase of heavy music and one man's journey through it, this is a must read \m/
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on 18 July 2013
I initially bought this book as it was based on a part of the North East of England, which is close to me and I expected it to be interesting but possibly not much more. Well it was interesting - very interesting and a fantastic read, real funny in parts as well! For anyone who is interested in NWOBHM or any music fan, you will appreciate and associate with so much in this book. It is one of them books that you look at and think - Hmm this may be OK and then are so happy when do read it, as it is such a good read - roll on Volume Two :o)
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on 26 November 2013
Place by place, Mark Gregory traces the seminal steps who brought life to the NWOBHM. It's a nice book, without those annoying statements many others had in the past, just the real truth and the real people. No heroes, no glory. The music, the roots, the ambitions. Well done.
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on 10 May 2015
Mark Gregory writes well and has a good self depreciating sense of humour.

The over use of exclamation marks to emphasise almost every point or joke gets wearying after a few pages. A good editor would have knocked that one on the head. There aren't many books on the NWOBHM. So this is a fair book from fans view.
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on 29 August 2013
I bought this as a present for my husband who is into the rock scene, he absolutely loved it and it brought back loads of memories. It covers gigs and places there were held at, he read it from start to finish in 1 day!
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on 13 November 2013
A hilarious view of the North East music scene of the early 80s. For those who were there it will bring the memories flooding back.
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on 9 August 2014
A great trip down memory lane. I was at a lot of the events mentioned, knew some of the people mentioned and loved the music.
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If you went to rock gigs in the 80's this will be right up your street. This brought back a lot of memories for me.
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on 2 July 2015
Excellent read . Brought back some memories from when the world was a different place to live in .
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