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Product Details

  • Series: 33 1/3
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (August 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826429068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826429063
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.4 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's impossible to have partaken of popular music over the last three decades without running into Terry Edwards." http://www.madness-central.com/interviews/TerryEdwards.html


"This book is an essential accessory and a brilliant read." Paul Rodgers, customer review, http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R27OZW2K2HCOEI/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


"Terry Edwards' One Step Beyond is a perfect companion piece and a great way to commemorate a brilliant album." Christel Loar, http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/115272-one-step-beyond-by-terry-edwards/


"Terry Edwards' One Step Beyond, about the amazing pop thrills of the first Madness album and the mirthful British ska milieu that spawned it (and it helped jump) is a bracing read, whether you're in skinhead braces or not." http://blog.kexp.org/blog/2009/12/22/scribes-sounding-off-best-music-books-of-2009/


"Terry Edwards’ One Step Beyond is a perfect companion piece and a great way to commemorate a brilliant album." Christel Loar, http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/115272-one-step-beyond-by-terry-edwards/


"Terry Edwards’ One Step Beyond, about the amazing pop thrills of the first Madness album and the mirthful British ska milieu that spawned it (and it helped jump) is a bracing read, whether you’re in skinhead braces or not." http://blog.kexp.org/blog/2009/12/22/scribes-sounding-off-best-music-books-of-2009/

About the Author

Terry Edwards is a multi-instrumentalist who tours worldwide with innumerable bands (including Tindersticks, Gallon Drunk, PJ Harvey, and Robyn Hitchcock) and releases music on his London-based label, Sartorial Records. This is his first book.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve K. Bringe on September 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I manage and own Madness Central, the premier Madness fan reference site and community, and had the chance to interview Terry Edwards recently. He's been intimately involved with Madness since the very earliest days, as label mates on Stiff to playing and arranging songs for their albums. He even shows up live with them on trumpet and sax. The short of it is, there was no one better to write this book than Terry, and having read it over the weekend, his credentials play out as erudite and germane.

The timing couldn't be more perfect. It's Madness' 3oth anniversar, and hence the album's 30th as well. And considering Terry's submission was up against over 400 other applicants for the 33 1/3 series, that we're treated to this excellent thesis on such a pivotal pop culture album speaks to just what an excellent job he did on the book.

Buy it. It's that simple. Whether you're a 2 tone fan or just a music history buff, Terry's book is a must pick up can't put down experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Gajewski on October 22, 2009
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Full stuff of information about Madness, their roots and career up to now. First album used as the point of departure for a story about Nutty Boys, their music, lyrics and gigs. Indispensable title for all those interested in Magnificent 7, ska and Britain of the 70. and 80, for die-hard fans of Madness. Just "One Step Beyond" the knowldege we knew so far. Strongly recommended !!! :-)))
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The album One Step Beyond... has not only a serious party groove but a strong sense of friendship and cameraderie; Edwards' observant and amusing book maintains this warm spirit. Edwards is a musician himself: as a member of Madness contemporaries The Higsons, he's toured with and collaborated with the group. As such he's managed to secure interviews with every member and participant on the original album and peppers their comments throughout.

But he doesn't use his insider cred to skip the hard work of analyzing the songs themselves. As is often the case with this series, the book is broken down to cover one song per chapter, and Edwards covers each in great depth. He also focuses on the band members' contributions to the songwriting process: with no main songwriter at this point, five of the six members are credited on compositions here, and it's fun to track who did what.

The book offers warmth, insight, and humor in covering this enjoyable debut, a light read about the heaviest sound around.
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