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on 21 August 2014
This book offers an interesting trip down memory lane for someone who lived through the time, bands and venues.

However, I was a little disappointed with what I found inside as compared with the ‘promise’, for the book is mostly a celebration of one or two Medway artists / bands emanating from art school and not really an exploration of the Medway Punk / Garage phenomenon. In the main the book discusses a kind of throwback to the 60’s culture of bands that wanted to play Kinks and Beatles songs and not a punk ethos. Indeed, many of the ‘Medway Punk Bands’ started after punk rock had left the building.

The book also glorifies a few pubs as ‘venues’, making them appear to be on a par with The Hacienda. The Tam O’ Shanter was simply a pub that did bands and so on.

That said, I found the book interesting if you ‘were there’, but not as an accurate and comprehensive account of the richness and diversity of the Medway music scene at that time.
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on 26 February 2014
This book brought back good memories of seeing the Milkshakes play in Maidstone in the early 80s ( Dixies, Medway Inn ? ) and going on the bus with friends to Chatham a few times to see them with the Prisoners, great shows , sweaty and inspiring. The story of Medway punk is told through interviews with band members , individual bands get their own sections as they come on the scene and Billy Childish pops up throughout, understandably as he's probably made more records than all the other bands in the book put together . I loved Billy's approach to recording too, it would have Simon Cowell in tears. The book is fairly short ( 200 pages) and is very readable with plenty of photos , there's even one of Tracey Emin having a good frug at a Milkshakes gig. If you've ever loved any of the bands featured in this book ( The Claim , Pop Rivets, Dentists, the Prisoners and many more )it's an essential purchase and will set off a trawl through some happy memories and any book that mentions Stanley Unwin ( diddle I foe ) and Mike Brill ( Radio Kent's Alan Partridge , but a lot nicer ) is worthy of sitting on my bookshelf. I'd also just like to say I don't know the authors so this isn't a put up job.
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on 14 August 2014
Great one-sitting read for anyone into Medway, nicely illustrated with rarer black and white photos and the occasional poster. Childish is prominent, as you'd expect, and various Prisoners, but I'd like to have seen more than two of Russ Wilkins' pearls of wisdom. He's credited as the unsung hero of the Milkshakes' sound. Even more so, Mickey is conspicuous by his absence from 'his' band's tale. Group politics, I'm sure. I'll bet I'm not alone in thinking more attention could be given to the Milkshakes' history (Hamburg etc), and reference to the Prisoners' tour with the Ramones in 86 which is where I/many first got to see them (outside London). All in all, a welcome addition.
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on 5 June 2014
Cracking read and stacked with unseen pics. This is the tale that time forgot - the medway beat boom that reverberated across the world. A wildly creative scene that threw beat, mod, rock 'n' roll, freakbeat, surf and punk together and came up with something truly unique. It took a long-time comin' but this book is packed with the full story, interviews with all the key players and much, much more. If you were there then this book is indispensible, if you weren't... its never to late to catch up. Knockout!!!
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on 13 January 2014
this is a book that needed to happen...it will tell the story of a great bunch of bands with a great sound from a great period. Never been done before but what a great underground scene.
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on 29 March 2014
What can I say? For anyone with an interest in the Medway bands this book is essential! 10 out of 10!
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on 8 March 2015
Thanks for writing this book. Very informative
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on 19 May 2015
Great book, great delivery
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on 11 January 2015
Great
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