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Books by Zoe Howe

  • Barbed Wire Kisses

    Zoe Howe

    Product Code: BXZLW
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    Musically, culturally and in terms of sheer attitude, The Jesus and Mary Chain stand alone. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy changed the course of popular music with its iconic blend of psychotic white noise, darkly surreal lyrics and pop sensibility, and the band continue to enchant and confound. This fierce, frank and often funny tale begins in the faceless new town of East Kilbride, near Glasgow, at the dawn of the 1980s with two chronically shy brothers, Jim and William Reid, listening to music in their shared bedroom. What follows charts the formation of The Jesus and Mary Chain, their incendiary live performances, their relationship with Alan McGee's Creation Records and those famous fraternal tensions that prepared McGee for the onslaught of the Gallaghers, with plenty of feedback, fighting and, most importantly, perfectly crafted pop along the way. It is time this vastly influential group and sometime `public enemy' had their say.
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  • Lee Brilleaux: Rock 'n' Roll Gentleman

    Zoe Howe

    Product Code: BXYXL
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    Lee Brilleaux, the charismatic star of proto-punk R&B reprobates Dr Feelgood, was one of rock'n'roll's greatest frontmen. But he was also one of its greatest gentlemen - a class act with heart, fire, wanderlust and a wild streak. Exploding out of Canvey Island in the early 1970s - an age of glam rock, post-hippy folk and pop androgyny - the Feelgoods, with Lee Brilleaux and Wilko Johnson at the helm, charged into London, grabbed the pub rock scene by the throat and sparked a revolutionary new era, proving that you didn't have to be middle class, wearing the `right clothes' or living in the `right place' to succeed.
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  • Shine on, Marquee Moon

    Zoe Howe

    Product Code: AUZCG
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    Shine On, Marquee Moon, the debut novel of respected music writer Zoe Howe, is a rock 'n' roll love story that celebrates the extremes of life in the music business and challenges the myth of sex, drugs and rock n' roll with plenty of wry humour, strong characters and sharp dialogue along the way. Sylvie is a dresser working for a New Romantic band currently enjoying a 21st century revival. Sylvie becomes romantically involved with Nick - reluctant heart-throb and the least unhinged member of the band - after bonding amid the chaos of touring life over a shared obsession with Television's seminal album 'Marquee Moon'. However, a dark secret threatens to destroy their future together and much more besides. Shine On, Marquee Moon exposes the hilarious, heart-wrenching and often bizarre reality of life on and off the road, where the most unlikely people become family, and 'friends' aren't always who they appear to be. Shine On, Marquee Moon is shortlisted for the Virginia Prize For Fiction 2016.
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