Stuart Adamson: In a Big Country

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The book that fans of the Skids, Big Country and the Raphaels have been waiting for, this is a critical perspective not only of Adamson's music and its wider cultural influence, but also the excesses of fame and how the music business really works. Stuart Adamson: In a Big Country tells the story of how a teenager who was raised in a small Fife village released his first single at age 19, wrote three Top 40 albums in the next three years and was written off as a has-been at age 23, but then went on to form a...

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Overview

The book that fans of the Skids, Big Country and the Raphaels have been waiting for, this is a critical perspective not only of Adamson's music and its wider cultural influence, but also the excesses of fame and how the music business really works. Stuart Adamson: In a Big Country tells the story of how a teenager who was raised in a small Fife village released his first single at age 19, wrote three Top 40 albums in the next three years and was written off as a has-been at age 23, but then went on to form a new band and sell more than 10 million records worldwide, touring with the Rolling Stones and David Bowie. Although Adamson was one of the most respected and popular figures in the music industry, his personal life was complex and ultimately tragic, ending with his alcohol-fueled suicide in a Hawaiian hotel in December 2001.

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“Moving and well judged.”  —Word Magazine

“A fitting tribute to a man whose musical legacy will live on for years to come.”  —Dunfermline Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846971914
  • Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Glen was an investigative news reporter for the South China Sunday Morning Post in Hong Kong before returning to the UK to work for the Guardian, Melody Maker, Music Week, NME, the Stage, and the BBC as a broadcaster.

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Table of Contents

Foreword James Dean Bradfield vi

Introduction Ian Rankin ix

Prologue 1

Hope and Glory 19

I'm in the Mood for Fighting 35

Goodbye, Civilians 46

Country Alliance 65

Going for the Yankee Dollar 77

The Great Divide 87

Without a Live Aid Safety Net 100

Rock the Bloc 117

Kings of Emotion 131

Second Chance 145

Communication Breakdown 152

Restless Natives 165

Lost in a Big Country 176

Epilogue 186

Selected Discography 194

Sources 209

Acknowledgements 212

Index 215

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