Phill Savidge - Lunch With The Wild Frontiers
Phill Savidge - Lunch With The Wild Frontiers
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Phill Savidge - Lunch With The Wild Frontiers

You know the old saying: sex, drugs and….Britpop? Probably not what you were expecting, but that is exactly what you will be reading about in “Lunch With The Wild Frontiers” by Phill Savidge. The book gives an insiders view of the phenomenon that was Britpop in the 1990s and early 2000s and chronicles how a London PR firm unexpectedly brought forth a musical genre and era that was as noteworthy for its music as it was for its excesses.

Danny Goldberg – Serving The Servant
Danny Goldberg - Serving The Servant - Remembering Kurt Cobain
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Danny Goldberg - Serving The Servant - Remembering Kurt Cobain

On April 5, 2019, it will be 25 years since one of the most iconic artists of the 90s rock scene died. I was too young to understand what had happened when the news broke, but my youth (just like that of most people of my generation) was dominated by Nirvana. We all knew the words to songs like “Come as you are”, “Polly”, “Heart Shaped Box”, and obviously “Smells like teen spirit”, and they’d play at every party and little gathering.

Rip It Up and Start Again - Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds
Rip It Up and Start Again - Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds
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Rip It Up and Start Again - Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds

If you follow indie music, it’s hard to miss the term ‘Post Punk’ getting casually thrown around by record labels and reviewers. It’s evoked whenever a new release has a passing similarity to Post Punk era cornerstone acts such as Joy Division, The Fall, or PiL. To be sure, a growing crop of new artists takes direct inspiration from Post Punk era music, but for the most part, the term itself, remains enigmatic, defying simple explanation.

Nathan McKinney
Swans: Sacrifice And Transcendence - The Oral History by Nick Soulsby
Swans: Sacrifice And Transcendence - The Oral History by Nick Soulsby
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Swans: Sacrifice And Transcendence - The Oral History by Nick Soulsby

Rock bios can be a dodgy prospect. Many are horribly written. Others are based more on gossip than fact. Sometimes the biographer is little more than an embittered soul with an axe to grind. There are, of course, many notable exceptions. Paul Trynka’s bios on David Bowie and Iggy Pop are exemplary. Sylvie Simmons’ I’m Your Man: The Life Of Leonard Cohen is not only definitive but one of the finest and most well-written bios I’ve ever read, period.

Kevin Orton
Hotel #4 - Partisan Hotel/Caldo Verde Records
Hotel #4 - Partisan Hotel/Caldo Verde Records
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Hotel #4 - Partisan Hotel/Caldo Verde Records

Terry Burrows with Daniel Miller - Mute: A Visual Document From 1978 To Tomorrow
Terry Burrows with Daniel Miller - Mute: A Visual Document From 1978 To Tomorrow
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Terry Burrows with Daniel Miller - Mute: A Visual Document From 1978 To Tomorrow

Jeff Penczak
Hit So Hard - Patty Schemel
Hit So Hard - Patty Schemel
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Hit So Hard - Patty Schemel

Mark Moody
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Turn Up the Strobe: The KLF, The Jams, The Timelords, A History

Joseph Majsterski
Workbook - by Walter Biggins & Daniel Crouch
Workbook - by Walter Biggins & Daniel Crouch
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Workbook - by Walter Biggins & Daniel Crouch

D R Pautsch
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Mark Lanegan - I Am The Wolf

Nathan Fidler
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Fearless - The Making of Post Rock by Jeanette Leech

Jeff Penczak
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Lonely Boy - Tales From a Sex Pistol - Steve Jones

Rob Jones