Local music scenes often offer far more to the locals than can ever be translated to a larger audience. Even if you know for sure that such-and-such a band formed in a smelly pub on the waterfront; that this song references a certain store; and that lionizes a lady of local notoriety, unless you lived (or at least spent a lot of time) in the area as the sound was developing, that’s all it is – random pieces of knowledge. Only the locals know the truth.
So thank you to Stephen Morris, author of Do It Yourself: A History of Music in Medway (Cultured Llama Press) for alchemizing a book that not only transports the reader to the area in question, but then assails him or her with all the background required to smell, taste and… well, whatever you want, really… all that is going on […]
Barely a musician is mentioned without Morris interviewing them for the book, and that’s a major plus. But more important is the fact that a world that you’d otherwise have to piece together from countless old fanzine articles and oddments (and even then, only get half the story) is laid bare here. Local clubs, faces and record stores are pieced into the tapestry. Out of towners touring through. All the disparate influences that build a musical universe are tracked down and teased into the text.
You can read the full piece here: ‘Book Review: Do It Yourself… Up To My Neck in the Muddy Medway Waters’
If you want to know how Stephen H. Morris came to write the book, he is interviewed by Daniel Nash on BRFM, which you can listen to here.
Buy the book from Cultured Llama for £15 plus p&p: Do It Yourself: A History of Music in Medway.
And if it’s music you’re after, with a good dose of common sense about the world of business, you’ll be wanting a copy of the second edition of The Music of Business by Peter Cook.
Peter is interviewed by Daniel Nash on BRFM, which you can listen to here.
Peter is launching his two recent books, Punk Rock People Management and The Music of Business on 9 June at Sun Pier Arts Centre in Chatham, where he will also be interviewing Richard Strange – musician and actor. The event is called An Accent Waiting to Happen. More details on our Events Page.