Before It Went Rotten: The Music That Rocked London's Pubs 1972-1976 (Paperback)
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Before It Went Rotten: The Music That Rocked London's Pubs 1972-1976 (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 21/09/2023
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Before It Went Rotten takes a trip back to the world before punk.
When Anarchy in the UK appeared, London enjoyed one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world. A network of mainly Irish owned pubs and clubs provided music every night, much of it free of charge, whilst working as a testing ground for up and coming talent.
This book traces the evolution of what was quickly labelled 'pub-rock': from rock and roll revival acts via late blues bands, country rock, funk, soul and art school bands to the sound that eventually burst on the scene as punk rock in 1976. Specific chapters cover the career of Brinsley Schwarz, the Southend bands and the step by step rise of the Sex Pistols.
Among those interviewed are former members of Fumble, Darts, the John Dummer Blues Band, Blue Goose, Legend, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Brinsley Schwarz, Bees Make Honey, Ducks de Luxe, Kokomo, Roogalator, Burlesque, Kilburn and the High Roads, GT Moore and the Reggae Guitars, Clancy, the Fabulous Poodles, the Sex Pistols and Meal Ticket.
With acts like Dire Straits, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury and Graham Parker all emerging from this terrain, the reader is asked to consider, what, if anything, would have been different if McLaren's band had never been around.
Extensively researched, and drawing on contemporaneous reviews and articles from the music press of the time, Before It Went Rotten bids fair to be the definitive study of an overlooked era.

Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780857305749
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Absolutely extraordinary... The work of a master. So beautifully constructed with so many elements and angles woven together seamlessly - Billy Jenkins, former member of Burlesque

Simon Matthews takes the much overlooked era to task and, through a tonne of research and interviews with the folk who lived through it, uncovers the whole vibrant story of what went on in 1970s London between the demise of the Swinging 60s and Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's black-eyed golden dawn, bringing to life an array of characters and venues that very nearly slipped out of the pages of the history books - Heyrichey, The Edge of Arcady

You'll find some very decent music that you probably don't know... There are terrific stories... takes us right back to the Music Hall - Alwyn Turner, Lion & Unicorn

Excellent... an atmospheric, (usually) tuneful look back at the 'pub-rock' era - Graham Sharpe, author of Vinyl Countdown

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