Mojo Magazine's book of the year.
The Hollywood Brats are the greatest band you've never heard of. Recording one near-perfect punk album in 1974, they were tragically ahead of their time.
With only a guitar, a tatty copy of Melody Maker and his template for the perfect band, Andrew Matheson set out, in 1971, to make musical history. His band, The Hollywood Brats, were prepunk prophets - uncompromising, ultrathin, wild, untamable and outrageous. But thrown into the crazy world of the 1970s London music scene, the Brats ultimately fell afoul of the crooks and heavies that ran it and an industry that just wasn't ready for them.
Directly inspiring the London SS, the Clash, Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols, The Hollywood Brats imploded too soon to share the glory. Punk's answer to Withnail and I, Sick on You is a startling, funny and brilliantly entertaining period memoir about never quite achieving success, despite flying so close to greatness.
©2015 Andrew Matheson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
Actually , this is quite brilliant.
Nearly lost interest towards the beginning when we had some detail about musical instruments etc - I am not really excited by different types of guitar .
However, this is fabulously written - very poetic in places but rarely overdone. And the delivery,by the front man of the band itself, is exactly what you'd expect of someone who was clearly born to perform.
All in all, an uproarious adventure that I will long remember.
Tumble with me
Just about everything - the story is moving and funny, infuriating in places, and just plain laugh out loud in others. Go find the LP after listening to this.
His own inimitable insights and a theatrical performance - almost as buzzsaw as the Brats music
In this band, no one will hear you play
Simply one of the best audiobooks you will hear in a long time. The performance matches the story, which in turn matches the music. It take you back to 70s London and the squalor and struggle of trying to get on the musical map. Bravo Andrew and thank you!
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