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The Best Seat in the House: A Cock Sparrer Story
     

The Best Seat in the House: A Cock Sparrer Story

by Steve Bruce, Lars Frederiksen (Foreword by), Garry Bushell (Foreword by)
 

The personal story of one of the most influential Oi! bands in music history as told by its drummer, from the beginnings of British punk to a surprising resurgence decades later

Cock Sparrer are widely considered to be one of the most influential street-punk bands in history, and helped pave the way for the late-1970s punk scene and the

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The personal story of one of the most influential Oi! bands in music history as told by its drummer, from the beginnings of British punk to a surprising resurgence decades later

Cock Sparrer are widely considered to be one of the most influential street-punk bands in history, and helped pave the way for the late-1970s punk scene and the significant Oi! subgenre. Here is the band’s story from the perspective of drummer and driving force, Steve Bruce—from their beginnings in London’s East End through the mid-1970s punk boom and Malcolm McLaren’s attempts to mold them, until the current period that sees them as surprised as anybody to find themselves touring the world, releasing new material, and enjoying the respect and love of the punk and Oi! community. After battling through the 1970s and 1980s, the 1990s' punk revival saw this band of childhood friends rediscovered by fans old and new, and they now enjoy huge success headlining festival bills and performing shows to large ecstatic crowds all over the western world. Packed with photographs, memorabilia, tales and anecdotes, this book is a must for any fan.

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"The personal, informal and well written manner of the book . . . makes for easy and insightful reading."  —Distorted Magazine

Library Journal
Decca Records passed on the Beatles and dropped Cock Sparrer after one album, but both bands have made a lasting musical impact. Though not commercially successful, Cock Sparrer's music influenced such legendary punk bands as the Dropkick Murphys and Rancid. In this sometimes blurry retelling, Bruce, the drummer, recounts the group's transformation from a nominal punk band in the 1970s to one of the most revered punk bands today. A hodgepodge of tour diaries, album reviews, and band history, the story of Cock Sparrer is inseparable from a parallel tale of enduring friendship. The most enjoyable and remarkable aspect of this band is their genuine enthusiasm for one another. As with all rock memoirs, Cock Sparrer's history comes complete with its requisite list of name-dropping and self-indulgent tangents. However, Bruce writes candidly and glosses over the lurid anecdotes of sex and drugs. VERDICT More appropriately marketed as a scrapbook, this volume will find its way to only the most ardent fans of punk.—Joshua Finnell, Denison Univ. Lib., Granville, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781901447866
Publisher:
Cherry Red Books
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Bruce is the drummer of Cock Sparrer. Lars Frederiksen is a guitarist and vocalist for Rancid. Garry Bushell is a journalist who sings in The Gonads and manages the New York City band Maninblack.

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