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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bobcat Books (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846097797
  • ASIN: B003V1WF2G
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,120,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After 10 years as a journalist, including working for Melody Maker and Disc, Brian Southall joined A&M Records between 1973 and 2003 and worked for EMI Records as a consultant to Warner Music International, HMV Group and the British Phonographic Industry. He has written books including the History of Abbey Road Studios, The A-Z of Record Labels and the Story of the Brit Awards.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martin Percival on September 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
Brian Southall is an EMI insider. A PR Exec during the Pistols 91 day reign at EMI from October 1976 to January 1977, there can be few people better placed to write such a warts and all, methodically researched and insightful account into the politics and machinations that caused the Pistols to be signed in the first place to then being unceremoniously dumped off the label barely 3 months later.

Recent years have seen a slew of books being produced on punk and especially the Sex Pistols. With only a few notable exceptions most are poorly researched and written with few new facts or insights - generally they just recycle the same old quotes and supposed facts. Southall has clearly gone back to the source material, much of it previously unpublished, and most importantly used his connections from his time at EMI to write a brief but fascinating guide to the bands time at EMI. He also does a good job of putting the whole episode into perspective.

The music industry in the mid 70s was a very different animal from today with EMI records forming a significant but by no means dominant part of a long established, traditional global conglomerate with fingers in many pies ranging from Arms to Hotels to Medical Devices. They even owned 50% of Thames television - the London based station that broadcast live the infamous "Today" show with Bill Grundy and the band. It's these background facts that help the reader to understand why the label did what it did after coming under enormous pressure from senior executives in the post Bill Grundy tv show media fueled circus that wrecked the Anarchy tour and effectively short circuited the chances of the band having a long recording career with EMI.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chris bee on November 15, 2010
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I got what I expected with this book, but not much more. All the tales of outrage at this group's antics. A bit of music industry behind the scenes stuff. But it didn't really go anywhere if that makes any sense. In fact it got a little monotonous. The author was a pr at EMI at the time. I'm wondering if he really was privvy to a lot of what was going on or maybe just didn't remember it well enough to write it in a book. I didn't finish it with my head full of thought provoking anecdotes. It was a bit one dimensional.

But if you are interested in the subject - the Pistols and behind the scene of the music business then it's worth the read.
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