win prizes debuts of the month books of the month
Search our site
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell Read the opening extract of the brand new Bernard Cornwell book before its publication on 19/10/2017

Document and Eyewitness: An Intimate History of Rough Trade by Neil Taylor
  

Document and Eyewitness: An Intimate History of Rough Trade

The Real World   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   

RRP £14.99

Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Download an extract Share this book

Lovereading view...

July 2010 Editor's Choice.

A comprehensive story of the record label that launched the careers of some of Britain's greatest and best known bands including The Fall and The Smiths. A must for any music lover but a fascinating story in its own right.

Editor's Choice reduced logo

Win a Signed Copy from Arun Gandhi

We have a highly sought after SIGNED COPY to give away of The Gift of Anger, written by Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. This is a memoir that also shares some of the beliefs and teachings of his grandfather, beliefs that focus on co-existence and tolerance which are needed now more than ever in our world.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 31 October 2017. The winners will be notified by 9 November 2017.

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 31/10/2017

Synopsis

Document and Eyewitness: An Intimate History of Rough Trade by Neil Taylor

Rough Trade is practically a byword for the history of independent music over the last thirty years. Document and Eyewitness tells the story from the inside of a phenomenally influential record label, through the voices of Geoff Travis, Jarvis Cocker, Robert Wyatt, Green Gartside and many many more. From the early records of Cabaret Voltaire, Kleenex and the Swell Maps, through to groundbreaking releases by The Fall, The Smiths and Scritti Pollitti, on through the collapse of the independent collective and the rebirth of Rough Trade at the turn of the century, this will be the definitive, essential account for any serious music fan.

Reviews

'Document and Eyewitness is an essential purchase for anyone who was involved in or influenced by the punk maelstrom of 1976, a riveting evocation of a period in musical history that becomes more important the further we get away from it... Taylor's book is a joy... If you read one music book this summer, make it this one.'
Dylan Jones INDEPENDENT DOCUMENT AND EYEWITNESS

's treatment of its main players is affectionate-going-hagiographical, but the implication of that end-point is inescapable. The journey from the mid-70s to now denotes the arrival of an altogether duller world: music that tends to be reverential rather than iconoclastic.'
GUARDIAN

'Taylor knows his stuff, painting a picture of a chaotic organisation with a good heart... a story that's fascinating and entertaining in equal measure.'
BIG ISSUE

'The Fall and the Smiths - even if these were the only bands Rough Trade had signed it would be worth a 400-plus page book like this.'
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

'The journey from the mid-70s to now denotes the arrival of an altogether duller world: music that tends to be reverential rather than iconoclastic.'
GUARDIAN

'Long overdue... The type of reader who buys rock biographies will crave the detailed information that spans the late 70s to 1991 - and they will not be disappointed ****. RECORD COLLECTOR'


About the Author

Neil Taylor worked for the NME during the mid-1980s and has more recently worked in publishing. He is a dedicated regionalist.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

22nd July 2010

Author

Neil Taylor

More books by Neil Taylor
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

The Real World
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Rock & Pop music

ISBN

9780752853581

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

I recommend Lovereading because you get honest reviews on a whole range of genres-there's something for everyone. It's the only site I need.

Sian Spinney

They are bright, breezy and eager to offer a great book, then genuinely listen/respect the review one writes.

Maggie Crane

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

Insightful reader reviews and unbiased recommendations. I don't know how I chose books before Lovereading! An essential for all book lovers.

Sarah Harper

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

It gives a chance to read about new titles, invites comments from all kinds of readers and is run by such a nice bunch of book lovers.

Joy Bosworth

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools