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Win A Copy Of The New Happy Mondays Biography

Excess All Areas by Simon Spence delves deep into MCR's most riotous rock'n'rollers

Published on October 9th 2014.


Win A Copy Of The New Happy Mondays Biography
 

THREE TO GIVEAWAY

"THERE'S some mental stories going around about them. One story I heard was about the time that they bought a gun from a gun shop sale, took it back to school and sat on the school playing-fields all afternoon playing Russian Roulette with it" - Ian Brown, Stone Roses

A riotous mix of pills, thrills and joyous chart hits, this is the untold story of Britain’s greatest rock’n’roll gang.

In 1985, when the Happy Mondays exploded onto the Manchester music scene like a Molotov cocktail, no one had heard anything like them before. As they developed into the face of the Acid House ‘Madchester’ movement, critics ranked them alongside The Velvet Underground and Sex Pistols as cultural lightning rods, and that was just for the music.

The stories of their excesses are the stuff of rock‘n’roll legend: the overdoses, fights on stage, the death threats, the gangsters, the stabbings and shootings in the studio. Yet this seemingly unhinged and uncontrollable band – encouraged by their equally crazed benefactors at Factory Records – transformed British music forever, leaving behind five infectious albums of unparalleled dirt and delight.

Happy Monday: Excess All Areas by Simon SpenceHappy Monday: Excess All Areas by Simon Spence

Twenty-five years after their breakthrough appearance on Top of the Pops, in November 1989, Simon Spence, the acclaimed biographer of The Stone Roses: War and Peace tells the story of how the Happy Mondays came to provide the soundtrack to Britain’s last great youth movement.

Based on extensive interviews with the band and key associates and including 30 unseen photographs, many from the band’s own private collection, he reveals the truth behind the mythic stories that ensured their outlaw reputation, and unravels the chaos that led to the group’s ultimate implosion and the tragic collapse of Factory Records.

A riotous mix of pills, thrills and joyous chart hits, this is the untold story of Britain’s greatest rock’n’roll gang.

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Annaloa Hilmarsdottir shared this on Facebook on October 13th 2014.
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Mary ClareOctober 17th 2014.

What was the winning title for the Michael Ashcroft painting competition. I would have loved to have won that painting from such a wonderful artist.

Kathy CrottyOctober 27th 2014.

Mary, have you had an answer?

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Henry VOctober 27th 2014.

why did you ask that? Do you know something we don't?

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Helen DowningOctober 27th 2014.

Hi, the winning title was Reflections of Tomorrow, picked by Michael himself.

AnonymousOctober 27th 2014.

What happened to Manchester music?.We are reduced to nostalgia because the city is a creative desert for the last decade.

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AnonymousNovember 13th 2014.

There are some great bands in Manchester. Better than the bloody Happy Mondays

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