911 is Disconnected: So This is Rock and Roll by Adam Bomb CAUTION – Contains Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll! Rock guitarist Adam ‘Bomb’ Brenner’s autobiography is a wild ride. Beginning with his childhood as part of a well-known Seattle Jewish family (his father established the famous Brenner’s bakery) he tells fascinating tales of his family’s experiences and persecution during the pogroms leading up to and during the second world war, and their love and courage through very difficult times. On through the turbulent teenage years, as the electric guitar begins to cast its mesmerising spell, he takes us through the early awakenings of a rock & roll hunger, several broken guitars, school gigs and chaotic bands as he masters his instrument and starts to become a local guitar hero kid. Out into the world, there are backstage guitar lessons from Eddie Van Halen, sharing a stage with Kiss, and encounters with the struggling young rockers who would become Guns & Roses, Bon Jovi, Queensryche, Def Leppard…the list is endless. Adam’s story is packed with experiences, good and bad, from the rock music biz. All laced with large measures of Sex, drugs and Rock & Roll! If you are a fan of guitars and gear (he shares a wealth of technique, both his own and passed down from the masters), loud rock music, or just a lust for life and an unquenchable drive to live the rock & roll life, you will love this book.
Black Music White Britian by Ian Snowball and Pete McKenna: It has often been quoted that if you can remember the 1960’s then you wasn’t there. Sure enough the 60’s was a time packed full of exciting cultural, political and musical change. This in turn impacted on the youth of the day, a youth that was really still finding its steps having found itself breaking away from its post war teenager cocoon into something which at that time was unrecognisable. But, then some might say so were the 50’s. Gradually youth was finding a voice…and it was backing it up with a sense of style and new sounds. Jazz music was always going to be cool. But for many teenagers Jazz was also ‘dug’ by their older brother and parents. The 1950’s teenager was ready to embrace something new. That was when the first Modernists appeared on the streets of Soho and, it wouldn’t be long before the black artists, many who had been previously, to the larger part ignored, would be embraced and welcomed in Britain and, every note and drum beat lapped up.
Sounds of Glory: The Punk and Ska Years by Garry Bushell. This book chronicles the most exciting generation of British music the world has ever seen. After 1976, the subversive firestorm of punk rock kicked open the door for hosts of other scenes. In rapid succession came Ska, New Mod, New Wave, anarcho-punk and Oi/street-punk. It was an explosion of madcap musical energy as incendiary as it was inspirational, created and performed by both geniuses and madmen. At the heart of this rock ’n’ roll tsunami was SOUNDS magazine. And at the heart of SOUNDS was your narrator, Garry Bushell. Like his idols, Garry lived every day as if it was his last. Which it nearly was. Going to prison with the Angelic Upstarts, tripping into paranoid West Berlin with the Exploited before The Wall came down, fighting a world champion boxer…all in a day’s work for our Garry. These were truly days of glory. Bushell joined The Specials and The Selecter as they toured the US for the first time. He hung out with Debbie Harry, feuded with Crass, skanked away with Madness, championed Secret Affair and managed the Cockney Rejects. From John Cooper Clarke to Right to Work marches, from Squeeze in South London to seedy German brothels, this volume is a unique record of raw and exciting bands, giant characters and radical ideas – all told with a twinkle in the eyes and a smile on the lip. Sounds Of Glory is a brilliant new memoir from one of Britain’s most daring and controversial rock journalists. It’s a must-read for anyone who loved Sounds and lived through the golden years of British rock and pop.