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Sick on You Audiobook

Sick on You: The Disastrous Story of Britain's Great Lost Punk Band

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    cduck london, United Kingdom 02/11/2016
    cduck london, United Kingdom 02/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Sick of It !"

    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.

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    Neil Hemel Hempstead 14/09/2016
    Neil Hemel Hempstead 14/09/2016 Member Since 2006
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    "Hilarious, Mving and Quite Brilliant"
    If you could sum up Sick on You in three words, what would they be?

    Tumble with me


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Andrew Matheson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His own inimitable insights and a theatrical performance - almost as buzzsaw as the Brats music


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In this band, no one will hear you play


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Brilliant story made better by being true. Even though it has the word disastrous in the sub-title you still listen hoping they'll catch a break

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