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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome read!, 24 Jan 2014
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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 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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read on the inside story of this legendary venue, 1 Feb 2014
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Like thousands of others, I've been lucky enough to visit Brixton Academy on a number of occasions to witness amazing gigs (The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers immediately spring to mind) but I was never aware of the story behind the venue. Parkes eloquently lays out the meandering path he took in great detail, from his early child right up to selling the venue when it was at its peak. The book is littered with feel good, and often nerve-wracking, accounts of how Parkes and his team over came adversity in it's many forms (both legal and illegal), as well as numerous stories about the world class rock, hip hop, metal, dance, reggae and even pop acts that passed though the doors during his tenure.

Parkes is openly honest about it all, without ever really breaking rank by fully lifting the lid on what undoubtedly went on behind the Academy's closed doors. I suppose this is my only slight gripe in that, aside from the opening gambit about the Manchester promoter, there's very little detail or even tales of the sex, drugs and debauchery that he occasionally alludes to. I'm sure there's at least another book in him if he ever wanted to divulge the full story, although his (and their) lawyers would probably have the final say on that!

Parkes predominantly comes at this from a logistical perspective and, as a avid gig goer and music fan, it was fascinating to find out first hand what went on behind the scenes to make the many hundreds of gigs and raves a reality. Very enjoyable from start to finish!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brillinat read about a brillinat era, 26 Jan 2014
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A brilliant read. The Academy put Brixton on the map for all the right reasons at a time when it was a no go area for most people.

If it hadn't been for Simon, Pat and the team many of us simply would never had the chance to see so many great bands.

When are we going to see the film? I can't wait to see who is going to play a young Parksy stood on the door in top hat and tails?
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