Great excitement at Cultured Llama HQ. We approached James Endeacott, the man who signed up The Libertines to Rough Trade Records (more about him below), to give an endorsement for Do It Yourself: a History of Music in Medway by Stephen H Morris. James has his own history in Medway – he was a supremely entertaining panellist at a conference for Medway musicians some 10 years ago; Pete Doherty played at the Tap’n’Tin in Chatham in 2003, and Carl Barat, formerly of The Libertines, formed a supergroup, The Chavs, (along with Tim Burgess from The Charlatans and Primal Scream keyboardist Martin Duffy and We Are Scientists’s drummer Andy Burrows) who did a secret gig at the same venue in 2004. Just one story from many in the book, showing how local bands and venues have an influence that spreads far beyond five small towns in north Kent.
Here’s what James Endeacott has to say:
Stephen H. Morris brings to life a vast array of colourful characters, inspiring music and small venues – along with a passion and belief in the music of The Medway Towns. Do It Yourself: A History of Music in Medway is a detailed and thorough account of the area’s musical history from the mid-70s to the present day; it’s also a picture of a small part of the south east of England that has never lost its faith in love and music. There’s a beating heart in those towns and long may it continue.
And here’s more about James:
Over the last 50 years, James Endeacott has worked in a record shop, played in a band called Loop, been an A&R man for The Strokes, run a record label called 1965 Records and tried to unlock people’s minds. He looks like Mick Hucknall, supports Crystal Palace Football Club and signed The Libertines to Rough Trade Records in 2001. He has been Up The Bracket ever since.
The book will be launched at The Barge, Layfield Road, Gillingham, Kent, on 23 April at 8.00 pm. As well as readings by the author, there will be performances from musicians featured in the book, including Stuart Turner and Nick Hughes. There will also be a prize quiz in aid of the Oliver Fisher Neonatal Trust: Are You a Medway Buff? (In reference to one of the many incarnations of Medway musician and artist Billy Childish – The Buff Medways).
The book will also be on sale at The Sweeps Festival, Rochester from 2-4 May. The Cultured Llama stall will be with the records and musical instruments stalls in Boley Hill car park, in the moat of Rochester Castle.