'Sharp! Flicknife Records and Other Adventures' is an unflinching and honest portrait of Marc Frenchy Gloder's journey from Grenoble ghetto to independent record label success at the heart of London's music scene. Published on 1st September 2016 by New Haven, Marco Frenchy Gloder's memoirs is co-written with Greg Healey and is the result of over two years of extensive interviews. A fascinating and in depth insight into the world of counter culture and alternative music, from the mid 1960s to the early 1990s, it touches on Soul boys, freaks, punks, goth and beyond.A tale of tragedy, excess, adventure and close calls it describes Europe's exploding post war youth movements at first hand.Frenchy gives a unique insight into the festivals, communes and student strikes of the late 1960s, life in the squats of early Punk, and the rise of independent music in the 80s.Be it the street gangs of his youth, who settled their differences with knife fights, or his doomed attempt to smuggle heroin from Iran that ended in imprisonment in an Iranian jail, Frenchy's story has the kind of drama that comes from living life on the edge.As he found his place in the music business with the launch of Flicknife, Frenchy worked with some of the most important names in alternative music. Hawkwind, Alien Sex Fiend , Charlie Harper, Glen Matlock, The Saints, The Barracudas and many more found a home on his label, and he hung out with a host of others, including Lemmy, Jimmy Page and the Velvet Underground's Nico. A truly extraordinary memoir of truly extraordinary times.
Publisher: New Haven Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
Press, Magazines, Radio quotes: 'I read it in one go: I couldn't put it down' Dik Mik, ex- Hawkwind' 'An extraordinary, dangerous and exhilarating life story. Frenchy has truly walked the walk not just talked the talk' Vive Le Rock Magazine, 8/10'Frenchy eminently readable memoir is one of a life driven by rock'n'roll, fueled by chemicals and lived with a metal to the pedal abandon that could have wandered from the pages of Hunter S Thompson' Shindig! Magazine, 3 stars (out of 4).'Frenchy is an incredible character, best known for his Flicknife Records label that is the crowning victory of a life less ordinary' Street Sounds Magazine'This book will be eagerly snapped by those on the right wavelength!' R2 Magazine'Frenchy Gloder supported a raft of artists who were in essence underground and needed to be heard. In turn, his memories deserve to be read' Ian Abrahams, Spacerock'This is a truly rock'n'roll memoir and one that needs to be read to be believed' Vive Le Rock, Books Of The Year'In the 80's, Frenchy was the name in indie rock. He was ubiquitous' BBC Radio Jersey. Reader Quotes: 'Amazing Read!' Amazon Customer (Verified purchase)'Highly recommended to all with an interest in underground music/culture and a penchant for the adventures of a true crazy diamond' Farhan, Amazon customer (Verified purchase)'This is one of the most interesting and captivating books i have ever read, it should become a documentary or film' K.Dawson, Amazon customer (Verified purchase)'A fascinating biography that reads like a novel. Well written and entertaining tale of a genial madman' Amazon customer (Verified purchase)'Very frank, sometimes brutal, often funny but most of all a real insight into the workings and behind the scenes of a music label with some of the most iconic rock stars' Adrian C., Amazon customer (Verified purchase)' Great story well told' Amazon customer (Verified purchase)' I really recommend it, a fantastic read' Amazon customer (Kindle purchase)
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