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No Sleep Till Saltburn: Adventures On The Edge Of The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Paperback – 7 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; One edition (7 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484088018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484088012
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Gregory began his rock and roll life, such as it is, at the age of 15. As a particularly incompetent drummer in the lamentable Prog-Blues band - Idlewife. To his continual amazement and amusement, he has since managed to sustain a career in the radio broadcasting industry for almost 30 years. He spawned the chaotic UK heavy metal fanzine and concert promotion company - 'Cleveland Rocks' in the early 1980s, before writing on an infrequent freelance basis for metal bible - Kerrang! He is now an international award winning radio writer and producer, creative director and rock show broadcaster, having worked at radio stations right around the UK since 1983. His most recent labour of rock love, was to produce and present 363 consecutive five hour editions of the 'Morning Glory' breakfast show, for DAB station - Rock Radio in his native North East England. 'No Sleep Till Saltburn' is his first book.


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"No Sleep Till Saltburn", by author, broadcaster and commercial voice artist Mark Gregory examines the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene of the early to mid-1980s in and around my neck of the woods, the North East of England. His excellent book chronicles his adventures as a fan, a fanzine magazine publisher, concert promoter, band manager and milk man. This was an era when I had long messy hair, ripped skin-tight jeans, denim and bikers jackets with obscure band patches and an even more obscure band t-shirts. I was there when Metallica played Newcastle Mayfair 1986, with Cliff Burton on bass but even at that point Metallica had been around for a few years as they themselves had been influenced by the likes of Diamond Head and Raven (who recorded some seminal albums at Neat Records in my home town of Wallsend). So, Mark's book helped me to conceptualize the first several years of the metal scene in region, the years where I was just a little too young to go to gigs, drink beer, jump around the place and miss my last bus home.

Mark has a real love of the subject and this shines through in his writing which is full of depreciating humour. Easy to read and therefore enjoy I devoured this book in one day. This is a must read for all heavy metal and rock fans and having briefly met Mark at gigs he comes across as a really nice guy; here's hoping Mark writes a follow-up book!
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Hilariously funny book! I grew up in Saltburn and was too young to have experienced the Music Collective band nights at The Zetland Hotel and Philmores, although I heard about them later. The book does create an atmosphere of bands from provincial areas with lofty ambitions for success and stage performance, nothing wrong with that.You don't have to be from the North East of England to enjoy the book, I'm sure that any local music scene attracts similar bands and colourful local characters but it's great that this period of social history has been so well documented. For anyone who has travelled to dusty, smoke-filled halls to hear loud music played by steelworkers in spandex, this is the book for you. Don't forget to save some money for the pie & peas.
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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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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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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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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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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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