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A Multitude of Sins: Golden Brown, The Stranglers and Strange Little Girls Hardcover – 4 Oct 2004
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Autobiography by the singer and creative force of 70s rock group The Stranglers. This will be the first autobiography by any leading figure from the punk era and the first to be written by the author, drawing from his own unique and unforgettable experiences. Hugh was lead singer, guitarist and main songwriter with The Stranglers, and now brings his unique style, humour and insight to describe the story of his life. The book begins with a chapter about Hugh's decision to leave The Stranglers in 1990, and explains, in full and frank detail, why this key moment in UK music history has never been fully explained. The book will also covers the heady days of early punk in London, described by someone who was at its epicentre, along with the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Damned. The life and times of the Stranglers, one of the most notorious and gifted rock groups of the 70s and 80s, are described in detail, including the drug busts, fights, prison terms and -- in one case -- the tying up of journalists.Throughout this time Hugh encountered a host of other extraordinary people, who are now household names: Malcolm McClaren, Joe Strummer, Kate Bush, Debbie Harry and Hazel O'Connor, to name a few, and he will recount the outrageous times he lived through with them. His 'inside take' on the other members of the Stranglers will be of special interest to the huge fan base of the era, which enabled The Stranglers' -- Greatest Hits album to sell one million copies in the UK on its release in 1990, and which continues to be discovered by the younger music generation of today.
About the Author
Hugh Cornwell was born in 1949. He attended Bristol University to study Biochemistry and went on to work as a laboratory assistant at Lund University in Sweden, from where he soon returned to pursue his music career.
He was one of the founding members of The Stranglers, releasing hits such as ‘Golden Brown’, ‘Skin Deep’ and ‘No More Heroes’. He is accredited by many for having introduced the dark and subversive undertones that made the band such a huge success and so influential to contemporary and modern rock and punk music alike.
He left The Strangler in 1990, attempting to form several bands before returning to his solo career in 1993 with the release of his third solo album. He has continued to release hugely successful albums and make numerous high-profile appearances to the present day.See all Product description
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This book does not detail every 'Strangler' Album and song but that is covered in other books he name checks.
This is more intimate and therefore more open to criticism but overall his honesty wins through for me.
He remains a 'Strangler' to fans but his life has moved on.
He is still 'Strangled' by his past but as he says the royalty checks still roll in.
Overall.a very good read that would benefit from some editorial revisions.
And what a great band ! Long may they rumble on.
I'm sure it would be most fans preference to have the original line up back but, on the evidence of this book, it doesn't look even close to happening.
The book is fairly well written. It isn't set out chronologically but doesn't suffer from this
Prisons, robberies, drugs and sex, this won't let you down...