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5.0 out of 5 stars BRING IT BACK... OR FIND A NEW WAY, 29 Jan 2014
This review is from: Live At the Brixton Academy: A riotous life in the music business (Paperback)
I literally couldn't put this book down - it robbed me of my sleep just as the Academy (did) and therefore any book on the Academy should!

It is such an integral venue to the London music scene and discovering just how it became so is both eye-opening and inspiring.

The music biz aint the same no more - it sure as hell would be better if it was - but it's good to know that that reality really ain't far behind us.

It's up to us now...

I recommend this to anyone interested in any of the music of the last 30 years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome read!, 24 Jan 2014
This review is from: Live At the Brixton Academy: A riotous life in the music business (Paperback)
This book is packed with great stories! A very fun and engaging read, that will give you an insight into the story behind one of the world's greatest ever venues and the people that occupied the stage and the backstage... Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone with a passing interest in real music., 29 Aug 2014
A Truly brilliant book. Anyone with even a passing interest in live music or the music business in general before the corporations took over will love this. With nothing more than an absolute passion for music Simon Parkes created a truly fantastic live venue. Battling indifference, prejudice and organised crime along the way, the fact that he managed to get the doors open at all is a wonder.
Set during a time of social upheaval and a real sea change in British politics the narrative brilliantly interweaves each strand to the extent that each becomes a metaphor for the other.
I'm not sure how much of it is written by Simon Parkes or ghost written by JS Rafaeli but either way Simon has a wealth of anecdotes that could probably fill three or four books like this.
It all ends when the corporations take over (both music and government) and the men-in-suits lose touch with what it is all about.
A must-read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chloe, 30 Jan 2014
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Just shows what you can do if you have the balls! Simon you are an inspiration to us all. Great read couldnt put it down
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who loves real music, 21 May 2014
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This is a great book. Highly readable. Honest, gritty and funny. Simon Parkes takes his rightful place in my personal 'music heroes' list. Buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!, 4 Feb 2014
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Fascinating insight into the world of Brixton Academy and the colourful incidents that occurred within its walls. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars anyone who loves music will love this book, 2 Feb 2014
This review is from: Live At the Brixton Academy: A riotous life in the music business (Paperback)
not in the habit of reading non fiction but this book is an exception. workload growing as i find myself distracted (just another chapter then i'll put it down) by this brilliant account of the wierd and wonderful world backstage at the academy. got to be a film. too sound and visual for just a book. but a comedy? musical? love story? gangland thriller? the least it deserves is 'three weddings and a funeral goes urban' with balls on. anyway read this book its brilliant. unless of course you dont like music?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this book down, 31 Jan 2014
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This is a great page turner about a bygone era before concerts were sanitised, a time when Simon Parkes and a small handfull of others were pushing the envelope and creating great musical experiences. Simon should be very proud of the legacy he has left in Brixton and reading this book it is a miracle he lived to tell the story.. But what a story ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great verbal history of the UK music industry., 11 Aug 2014
this is the fastest I've ever read a book.

a great document of the music industry in it's prime, and from the ground up. If you have any interest in the UK music industry of the last 30 or so years, or gang related crime tbh, I think there's something for you here. I genuinely laughed out loud at least 3 times, and was in explicit awe at many of the operations that went through to create shows and build the venue to popularity.

I really enjoyed this. Recommended if you enjoyed showbiz reads like The Dirt or Hollywood Babylon, but replace the sex with violence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read, 19 July 2014
This review is from: Live At the Brixton Academy: A riotous life in the music business (Paperback)
If you ever went to Brixton Academy in the 80s and 90s ( as I did countless times) this is a must read. If you go now, this is a must read, if you love live music and never been this is a must read. Simon Parkes is a legend he did so much for the music industry.
Get it, this is a must read book for all music lovers.
Simon Parkes stood up to dealers, gangsters, agents, bank managers, over bearing artist managers,councillors, death threats, gas bombing, robberies, to create on one the best venues in the world.
Couldn't put it down.
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