It was a quote in a small 2011 news story in the Medway News that acted as the catalyst for Stephen H Morris to write his obsessive (and possibly life’s) work on Medway’s music scene. The quote said the local scene was dead. Morris didn’t necessarily agree, but the passion with which he writes suggests he might well have preferred the music from decades prior.
For nearly 500 pages, the author doesn’t so much seek to disprove the accusation but celebrate the huge, huge number of acts that have played in and originated from the area. So there are interweaving histories of all the bands you might expect – Thee Milkshakes, Billy Childish (of course), Lupen Crook, The Prisoners – but also plenty that even some of the bandmembers themselves might have forgotten existed (step forward Alvin Purple, The Ambience, UpCDownC… the list is really very long and obscure). But Morris’ passion repeatedly brings them back to life.
Do It Yourself: A History of Music in Medway costs £15 plus p&p.
And, if music is your thing, please take a look at two books by Peter Cook. Peter is the self-styled Dean of the Academy of Rock – a prolific writer and blogger, musician, workshop leader, keynote speaker, business guru … the list goes on. His speciality is the lessons that business can learn from music.
Cultured Llama publishes:
We are delighted that Peter has a book forthcoming with Bloomsbury – we found him (or rather he found us) first. Go to the links at the books’ titles to order Punk Rock People Management: A No-nonsense Guide to Hiring, Inspiring and Firing Staff for £7.99 plus p&p or The Music of Business: Business Excellence Fused with Music for £12.99 plus p&p.
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