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Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now (Hardcover): Malka Marom Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now (Hardcover)
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An intimate exploration of Joni Mitchell's life and art. When singer, musician, and broadcast journalist Malka Marom was asked to interview Joni Mitchell in 1973, she eagerly accepted the opportunity to converse with the performer she'd first met late one night in 1966 at an open mic in Yorkville. More conversations followed over the next four decades of friendship, and it was only after Joni and Malka completed their last recorded interview, in 2012, that Malka discovered the heart of their discussions: the creative process. In Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, Joni and Malka follow this thread through seven decades of life and art, discussing the influence of Joni's childhood, love and loss, playing dives and huge festivals, acclaim and criticism, poverty and affluence, glamorous triumphs and tragic mistakes ...This riveting narrative, told in interviews, lyrics, paintings, and photographs, is shared in the hope of inspiring others.

Led Zeppelin You Shook Me (Hardcover): Matters Furniss, Steven Rosen, Joel McIver Led Zeppelin You Shook Me (Hardcover)
Matters Furniss, Steven Rosen, Joel McIver
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One Direction - Fact File Sticker Book (Paperback): One Direction - Fact File Sticker Book (Paperback)
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Taylor Swift - In Her Own Words (Paperback): Helena Hunt Taylor Swift - In Her Own Words (Paperback)
Helena Hunt
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Get inside the head of one of the most influential musicians of our time, a pop music phenomenon turned titan of industry and cultural icon: Taylor Swift. This collection of quotes has been carefully curated from Swift's numerous public statements-interviews, op-eds, social media posts, and more. It's a comprehensive picture of her meteoric rise to the top, her ever-savvy business sense, and her increasingly vocalized perspective on the music world and beyond. Swift's catchy, chart-topping songs have propelled her to become one of the bestselling musicians of all time. But in the 15 years she's been making music, she has also amassed enough power to buck the norms of an industry notorious for controlling the images of its often very young female artists. Her latest, unprecedented record deal gives her ownership of all her master records, the ability to dictate the terms of her albums' streaming releases in order to maximize her profits, and a requirement that her label share proceeds from sale of its stake in Spotify with its musicians. She has championed the rights of artists to earn fair royalties, and more recently, she has inspired tens of thousands of fans to register to vote. Swift's achievements have earned her spots on both Forbes's Most Powerful Women and Time's 100 Most Influential People lists. Now, for the first time, you can find her most inspirational, thought-provoking quotes in one place.

Waiting for the Man: The Life & Career of Lou Reed (Hardcover): Jeremy Reed Waiting for the Man: The Life & Career of Lou Reed (Hardcover)
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In Waiting For The Man, Jeremy Reed focuses on Lou Reed as rock's principal literary avatar, paying special attention to his controversial lyrics and prototypical garage sound. Lou Reed influenced generations of copyists that took note of his outlaw status, ambiguous sexual orientation characterised by his seventies relationship with the transvestite Rachel, his implacable mystique, cool and defiant attitude as the narrator of subcultures. Finally the book examines the transcendent, if reluctant calm, that Reed arrived at in later life. Taking in the sweep of Reed's career from Velvet Underground to the variants of forty years of resistant solo pioneering, Waiting For The Man accesses the man and his music, with the extraordinary perception and attention to detail.

Art of Punk (Paperback): Russ Bestley Art of Punk (Paperback)
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It is almost impossible to believe that the posters, flyers and other punk ephemera were once used and discarded. But despite such humble origins, this groundbreaking artwork continues to have an impact on music, fashion and media today. This is paperback edition of the first ever comprehensive review of punk art/design ever published. This lavishly illustrated book celebrates a wide range of punk design in posters, flyers, album cover art, fanzines and fashion ephemera from T-shirts to badges. All the classic bands, like the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Damned and the Clash are covered as are numerous rare and wonderful items from around the world. Includes 225 illustrations from anonymous and uncredited artworks to pieces by UK artists including Jamie Reid, Malcolm Garrett, Linder Sterling, Peter Saville, Barney Bubbles and US artists including Lindsey Kuhn, Raymond Pettibon, Winston Smith, John Seabury, Art Chantry, Paul Imagine and many more.

Stevie Nicks: Visions Dreams & Rumours (Hardcover): Zoe Howe Stevie Nicks: Visions Dreams & Rumours (Hardcover)
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Lyrical visionary, enduring style icon and one indispensable fifth of post-Peter Green megaband Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks is one of the most recognisable figures in rock 'n' roll history - very much Fleetwood Mac's 'Queen Bee', as Mick Fleetwood himself describes her. While she once made headlines with her hedonistic lifestyle, part of Nicks' irresistible appeal is her youthful vulnerability and mystical aura, making her an artist with whom fans have an unbreakable emotional connection. Crowned 'The Reigning Queen Of Rock And Roll' by Rolling Stone, and with gold and quadruple platinum solo albums under her beaded belt, Stevie Nicks has enjoyed the ultimate in rock 'n' roll success in her life as a recording artist - but this charmed life has come as a result of hard graft, self-belief and a devotion to creativity above all; hers has been a journey of intense highs and lows. This book, a celebration of the Stevie Nicks phenomenon, takes us on her journey from peripatetic mid-West childhood to her explosion onto the music scene as chiffon-swathed rock goddess, right up to present day. Including exclusive interviews with some of Stevie's associates and collaborators from over the years, author Zoe Howe explores the mystique while retaining the magic of this modern-day musical sorceress and wise woman of rock.

Jazz Fundamentals I (Paperback, New edition): Scott Wilson Jazz Fundamentals I (Paperback, New edition)
Scott Wilson
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The Chitlin' Circuit - And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll (Paperback): Preston Lauterbach The Chitlin' Circuit - And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll (Paperback)
Preston Lauterbach
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For generations, "chitlin' circuit" has meant second tier brash performers in raucous nightspots far from the big-city limelight. Now, music journalist Preston Lauterbach combines terrific firsthand reportage with deep historical research to offer a groundbreaking account of the birth of rock 'n' roll in black America."

Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever - The Completely Ridiculous Edition (Hardcover, Reprint): Tom Neely Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever - The Completely Ridiculous Edition (Hardcover, Reprint)
Tom Neely
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Roger Daltrey: Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite, The Sunday Times Bestseller - My Story (Paperback): Roger Daltrey Roger Daltrey: Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite, The Sunday Times Bestseller - My Story (Paperback)
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'Before the sixties, you were a child and then you were a man. You went to school and then you went to work. That changed. Our generation changed it.' Roger Daltrey is the voice of a generation, and this is his story. This is the story of his tempestuous school days and his expulsion, age 15, thanks to his authoritarian headmaster, Mr Kibblewhite. That could have been where the story ended, as the life of a factory worker beckoned, but then came rock and roll. Making his first guitar from factory off-cuts, Roger formed a band that would become The Who, one of the biggest bands on the planet. This is the story of My Generation, Tommy and Quadrophenia, of smashed guitars, exploding drums, cars in swimming pools, fights, arrests and redecorated hotel rooms, but also how all those post-war kids redefined the rules of youth. This is not just a hilarious and frank account of more than 50 wild years on the road, it is the definitive story of The Who and of the sweeping revolution that was British rock 'n' roll.

Into The Valley - The Autobiography (Hardcover): Richard Jobson Into The Valley - The Autobiography (Hardcover)
Richard Jobson
R558 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From school punk to modern day film producer Richard Jobson has lived a full and colourful life. A harrowing incident as a child that left him suffering with epilepsy but he was a mere 15 year old when he launched the punk rock band The Skids in 1977 with his songwriting partner Stuart Adamson. He was allowed to go on tour on the condition that he received some education on the road. With hit singles including the immortal 'Into The Valley', after four albums The Skids folded and Jobson formed The Armoury Show whilst Adamson moved on to form his new band Big Country. They remained friends and their relationship is explored in detail throughout. In the 1980s Jobson became a familiar face on television as a presenter and as film reviewer for Sky Television. In June 2013, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Arts) from Edinburgh Napier University. Today he is a successful filmmaker and this part of his life story is also covered. With a life that has gone full circle in 2017 he reactivated The Skids. A successful UK tour prompted demand for more shows in 2018 as well as the band's first new album for over three decades, making this the perfect time to write his memoirs. Into The Valley is a riveting read of how one man overcame his disability to become successful in the world of music and film and will appeal particularly to fans of Punk Rock, The Skids and Big Country.

Daft Punk: A Trip Inside the Pyramid (Hardcover): Dino Santorelli Daft Punk: A Trip Inside the Pyramid (Hardcover)
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This full-colour book will be the perfect companion for fans around the globe. Reproducing their brilliant live shows throughout the course of their careers as musical artists. Sharing their many musical influences, from the Rolling Stones to Elton John, and even Andy Warhol. Charting their rise to international super-stardom Revealing the story of the men behind the masks

Elton John by Terry O'Neill - The definitive portrait, with unseen images (Hardcover): Terry O'Neill Elton John by Terry O'Neill - The definitive portrait, with unseen images (Hardcover)
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"Looking at Terry's photographs is like gazing through a window at the most extraordinary and exciting moments of my life." ELTON JOHNElton John and iconic photographer Terry O'Neill worked together for many years, taking in excess of 5,000 photographs. From intimate backstage shots to huge stadium concerts, the photographs in this book represent the very best of this archive, with most of the images being shown here for the first time. O'Neill has drawn on his personal relationship with Elton John to write the book's introduction and captions. "I'm so glad he was with us throughout the madness: in his evocative and stylish photos he captured those moments as no other photographer could." ELTON JOHN

Born to Run (CD, Unabridged edition): Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (CD, Unabridged edition)
Bruce Springsteen; Read by Bruce Springsteen
R1,242 R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Save R750 (60%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Writing about yourself is a funny business...But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I've tried to do this." -Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized. Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ("Thunder Road," "Badlands," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "The River," "Born in the U.S.A.," "The Rising," and "The Ghost of Tom Joad," to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen's autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

Long Walk Home - Reflections on Bruce Springsteen (Hardcover): Jonathan D. Cohen, June Skinner Sawyers Long Walk Home - Reflections on Bruce Springsteen (Hardcover)
Jonathan D. Cohen, June Skinner Sawyers; Contributions by Natalie Adler, Eric Alterman, Regina Barreca, …
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Know Your Enemy: The Story of Rage Against the Machine (Paperback): Joel McIver Know Your Enemy: The Story of Rage Against the Machine (Paperback)
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An unauthorised biography of the most pro-actively political rock band on the planet. Founder member and guitarist Tom Morello has given author Joel McIver his blessing to write this biography. Joel McIver has given a clear and unbiased analysis of the group's stance on a wide range of issues as well as the chronology of their career.

Keith Richards on Keith Richards (Paperback): Sean Egan Keith Richards on Keith Richards (Paperback)
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The iconic life and career of the famed guitarist of the Rolling Stones is detailed in this compilation of interviews that spans the last 50 years. Featuring articles from GQ, Melody Maker, and Rolling Stone, as well as interviews that have never previously appeared in print, it charts Keith Richards's journey from gauche, young pretender and swaggering epitome of the zeitgeist to beloved elder statesman of rock. Initially overshadowed by band mates Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, Richards gained popularity as half of the second-most important songwriting team of the 1960s, and in 1967 the drug bust at his house and his subsequent trial and imprisonment made him a household name. His interviews match his outlaw image: free of banality and euphemism, they revel in frank stories of drugs and debauchery. Yet they also reveal an unexpectedly warm, unpretentious, articulate, and honest man. This collection amply illustrates the magic and charm of Keith Richards.

Moonwalk (Paperback): Michael Jackson Moonwalk (Paperback)
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The only book Michael Jackson ever wrote about his life It chronicles his humble beginnings in the Midwest, his early days with the Jackson 5, and his unprecedented solo success. Giving unrivalled insight into the King of Pop's life, it details his songwriting process for hits like Beat It, Rock With You, Billie Jean, and We Are the World; describes how he developed his signature dance style, including the Moon Walk; and opens the door to his very private personal relationships with his family, including sister Janet, and stars like Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Marlon Brando, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, and Brooke Shields. At the time of its original publication in 1988, MOONWALK broke the fiercely guarded barrier of silence that surrounded Michael Jackson. Candidly and courageously, Jackson talks openly about his wholly exceptional career and the crushing isolation of his fame, as well as the unfair rumours that have surrounded it. MOONWALK is illustrated with rare photographs from Jackson family albums and Michael's personal photographic archives, as well as a drawing done by Michael exclusively for the book. It reveals and celebrates, as no other book can, the life of this exceptional and beloved musician.

The Beatles Solo - The Illustrated Chronicles of  John, Paul, George, and Ringo after the Beatles (Hardcover, Four 96 page... The Beatles Solo - The Illustrated Chronicles of John, Paul, George, and Ringo after the Beatles (Hardcover, Four 96 page books)
Mat Snow
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Together they were a phenomenon, but separated they became a fascination. The Beatles as a group released 12 studio albums in 8 years. As solo artists, however, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr have released a collective 70 LPs and 900 songs since 1968. Never before have the Fab 4 been covered like this: masterpieces and missteps, triumphs and tragedies, moments of clarity and serious lapses in judgment - they're all here. From George Harrison's lush Wonderwall (the shot that launched the post-Beatles era), to the Plastic Ono Band, Wings, the Traveling Wilburys, The Firemen, Ringo's hit singles and All-Starr Bands and more. An examination of their individual musical catalogues, their film careers, and their personal lives far and away from the studio are all covered for Beatles fans to enjoy.This stunning gift set contains four beautifully illustrated books - one for each Beatle - covering their lives since they broke up in 1969. Jam-packed with nearly 400 pages, 200 photos, quotes, lyrics, and memorabilia all packaged in an elegant slipcase, this is a must-have gift item for the Beatle-lover in your life. Longtime music journalist and former editor of Mojo magazine, Matt Snow has been writing about the Beatles for years, and he's doing fresh interviews with friends and colleagues of the Beatles to gain insight into the solo lives of these four extraordinary men.

Nothin' to Lose - The Making of KISS (1972-1975) (Paperback): Ken Sharp, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley Nothin' to Lose - The Making of KISS (1972-1975) (Paperback)
Ken Sharp, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley
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An indelible and irresistible portrait of the crucial formative years of the legendary rock band KISS and the music scene they changed forever--culminating with the groundbreaking success of their classic 1975 album Alive and the smash single "Rock and Roll All Nite"

Including original interviews with: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, and Ted Nugent, as well as members of Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Rush, Slade, Blue Oyster Cult, Mott the Hoople, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Raspberries, the James Gang, the New York Dolls, Iggy & the Stooges, the Ramones, Suzi Quatro, Argent, and Uriah Heep.

I Hear a Symphony - Motown and Crossover R&B (Hardcover): J. Andrew Flory I Hear a Symphony - Motown and Crossover R&B (Hardcover)
J. Andrew Flory
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I Hear a Symphony opens new territory in the study of Motown's legacy, arguing that the music of Motown was indelibly shaped by the ideals of Detroit's postwar black middle class; that Motown's creative personnel participated in an African-American tradition of dialogism in rhythm and blues while developing the famous "Motown Sound." Throughout the book, Flory focuses on the central importance of "crossover" to the Motown story; first as a key concept in the company's efforts to reach across American commercial markets, then as a means to extend influence internationally, and finally as a way to expand the brand beyond strictly musical products. Flory's work reveals the richness of the Motown sound, and equally rich and complex cultural influence Motown still exerts.

Look Wot I Dun: Don Powell: My Life in Slade (Hardcover): Don Powell Look Wot I Dun: Don Powell: My Life in Slade (Hardcover)
Don Powell
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Look What I Dun is the story of Slade told through the eyes of drummer Don Powell whose life was shattered when, in 1973 at the height of the group's fame, he was involved in a horrific car crash. Unflinching in his honesty, Powell deals frankly with the aftermath of the accident that took the life of his girlfriend and left him with injuries that affect him to this day. Leaders of the glam rock movement, Slade were the UK's biggest singles band in the years 1971-74. Their many hits have become rock'n'roll standards, not least 'Merry Christmas Everybody', arguably Britain's all-time favourite Christmas song. For Don Powell, though, success came at a price. Lucky to survive, the aftermath of his accident included alcoholism, financial woes and a life of reckless promiscuity. Now sober and settled in Denmark with an adopted family of his own, Don Powell's story - as told to Lise Lyng Falkenberg - is a no-nonsense journey to the heights and depths of the rock world.

Punching Nazis - And Other Good Ideas (Hardcover): Keith Lowell Jensen Punching Nazis - And Other Good Ideas (Hardcover)
Keith Lowell Jensen
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Keith Lowell Jensen thinks you should punch Nazis. In this collection of essays, stories, interviews, and rants, he tells us why. Jensen grew up and into the Sacramento punk music scene in the late eighties and early nineties, where weirdos, LGBTQ folk, feminists, and allies strived to carve out safe community spaces. This scene also attracted a different kind of outsider--white supremacists and Nazi skinheads-making for a politically charged and complicated landscape. In Punching Nazis, he reflects on his experiences with these racist fringe groups that infiltrated the progressive scene that gave rise to bands like Green Day. From unwittingly driving around in a lowrider with a gang called "The Suicidals," to a night doing stand-up with a clown with an unwanted Swastika tattoo, Jensen brings his brand of subtle, sincere comedy to reflect on the complicated relationship that punk music has with racist skinheads and what we should do about it. In recent times, Americans are surprised to find groups like the Klan, and more recently the "Racial Realists" and the "Alt-Right," are still prominent, and now as they grow increasingly emboldened, it's intriguing and valuable to hear tales of those who, through the love of punk rock music, have a history of dealing with racist fringe groups.

The Roxy Our Story - The Club That Forged Punk in 100 Nights of Madness Mayhem and Misfortune (Paperback): Andrew Czezowski,... The Roxy Our Story - The Club That Forged Punk in 100 Nights of Madness Mayhem and Misfortune (Paperback)
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Flashing through the London underground music scene of the late seventies Punk Rock was the ultimate anti-movement, anti-fashion, anti-rock, anti- establishment. Its bands consisted of players untrained in music, looking to explode the heavy over produced rock of the previous generation stripping music down to its core. The music was banned from every venue and club in the United Kingdom from fear that it may dissolve the remains of Unity in the fragile political back drop of the time. The ROXY Club stood alone in its wish to promote this music against all odds, it survived just 100 nights but during its short reign cut through the pomp and self-satisfied operators of the music business who finally saw they had no clothes. This very personal book from the diaries and memories of this infamous club by Andrew Czezowski and his lifelong partner Susan Carrington. How it all came about, looking out from the centre of the maelstrom at the impact they were having during the most crucial 100 nights in PUNK rock music. It tells the fascinating story of the radical, anarchic 'ROXY CLUB' in 1977's Covent Garden, London. With its home-made ethos Andrew and Susan had no political agenda other than to live on their own terms, all they expected from others was to do the same. The ROXY Club's sounds, style and ideas still reverberate through alternative culture to this day.Illustrated with over 100 rare and previously unseen personal archive photos, flyers, rare artwork and newspaper clippings, diary entries, band contracts and other ephemera of the time, featuring exclusive quotes from some of the PUNK bands that played this historical club.The ROXY book will be a highly entertaining and visually stunning guide to a pioneering alternative to the mainstream UK music scene, a handbook of pluck and determination, and a refusal to accept the norm while painting on a new canvas without brushes.Mick Jones from The Clash - 'I look at the 100 nights of The ROXY as the life span of Punk.'29th September 2016 2016 [email protected] [email protected] clubs have been a fixture of urban life for at least a century. From Speakeasies to cellar discotheques, they are the low-lit preserves of the city at play. A place to hold the night at bay; a club should imbue both intimacy and abandon. Although the alchemy for success is unpredictable, the ingredients are simple, music, punters and alcohol. Countless night spots have succumbed to obscurity; those black door-ways and garish neon signs that once promised so much are long since forgotten in the relentless redevelopment of contemporary cities. Rare are the clubs that make their mark on history; those few that have left behind an indelible imprint include The Cavern, The Marquee, Whisky a Go Go, Max's Kansas City, CBGB's and The ROXY. Although widely disparate, each was the flagship of a scene. From the Beatles to the Doors to the New York Dolls and The Clash, iconic pop culture is rooted in club land. It's not about money but purity of expression; the best night spots usually lean to the seedy. Punk's foremost club, The ROXY flourished despite it's less than salubrious neighbourhood.When enough time has elapsed we remember and succumb to nostalgia. In February 2013, the esteemed broadcaster Robert Elms fondly recalled The ROXY on BBC London, reminding listeners of London's premier punk haunt. It has been almost 40 years since Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington were unceremoniously ousted from The ROXY. Until then, they had run, fleet footed with the moment. Generous and idealistic, they turned a forgotten Covent Garden dive into the molten core of 1977, providing a platform for largely unsigned bands, including The Clash, The Heartbreakers, The Police, The Damned, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Generation X, The Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, The Vibrators, The Rejects, The Stranglers, The Slits, Johnny Moped. Virtually every single act that played The ROXY walked away with a record deal. Harpers & Queen magazine lauded the club, whilst John Bonham, Jimmy Page Robert Plant, Donovan and Marc Bolan came to pay their respectsThe ROXY Book stands as a testimony to Punk's first feral season. Lavishly illustrated and containing quotes from Andrew Czezowski, Susan Carrington, Barry Jones (partner), Don Letts, Shane MacGowan, Jayne County, Brian James, Leee Black Childers, Walter Lure, Cherry Vanilla, Mick Jones, Tony James and Alan Edwards of 'The Outside Organisation' PR agency, The ROXY Book is both a visual and cultural record of a key moment in English Punk Rock history.Although Andrew continued to work with his latest charges, Generation X, the success of their inaugural gig at The Roxy, led to Czezowski and Carrington launching the club as London's sole Punk venue. As Shane MacGowan noted: 'The ROXY was the first place that the punks could think of as their own.' With the recalcitrant approval of Bernie Rhodes, The Clash officially launched the Roxy on January 1st 1977. Susan Carrington: "Having the Clash endorse The ROXY put us on the map. It was an amazing night. We squeezed in wave after wave of people. There were probably about 400 kids packed into a venue with a capacity of 100. After that night, our lives became a traveling circus, even though we stayed in one place."Although The ROXY enjoyed a high media profile, attracting the music, tabloid and fashion press, as well as a battalion of multi-national camera crews the club swiftly became a victim of its own success. Punk purists, Julie Burchill and Tony Parson's turned in an NME feature entitled 'Fear & Loathing at The ROXY' which only furthered the club's infamy whilst Peter York, writing for Harpers & Queen fondly sited the venue as a '35 year olds vision of hell'. Despite The ROXY's rapid ascension as the 'in' place to be, Czezowski and Carrington barely scraped by. Behind the scenes they staved off an unscrupulous land-lord with criminal affiliations, take-over bids by fashion and music scene elite not to mention threats of physical damage by bolshie band management and two robberies. Going beyond the perimeters of most rock histories, 'The ROXY Book' charts punk's integration into mainstream culture through first- hand accounts. Although The ROXY's life-span was all too brief, by the time Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington were evicted from the venue in April 1977, they had made their mark on club-land.Andrew and Susan, the dynamic couple went on to create the most successful and influential independently owned club of the 80's and 90's, 'The FRIDGE' in Brixton London, another BOOK for another time.

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