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Death of an Unsigned Band Paperback – August 22, 2011
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Like all bands in their position they long for the offer of a record deal - and await the appearance of an A and R man, with the anticipation of a child awaiting Santa coming down the chimney. They have done their own promotion, demos, records, publicity and management. They have been trying for years and then at a Half Moon, Putney gig (that is a pub with a room out the back that puts on music and comedy, but it doesn't have a dance licences, so no boogeying), a charismatic charmer turns up and makes them the sort of offer that they would be stupid to say no to. The problem is that it comes with strings attached.
This is when things start to happen, go wrong, go right, unravel and come together. Tim Thornton has been in eleven bands, and during his tenure never got to sign a record contract. I was in two myself, both of which were rubbish (especially anarcho-syndicalist, communist group `The Casstrations'). We wanted to change the world, not get signed. These though work constantly to achieve indie band nirvana, and get the all important `advance'.
The style is both narrative and also interviews with the band members are spread through out in a rockumentary style way.
Thornton has done a great job of characterising the players, using real locations, real bands and a quite often blistering narrative. He has obviously put a lot of his own experiences and soul into this work, and it really does benefit from it. It had me laughing on a number of occasions, bit it is also sad, questioning, absurd and very human. He even manages to get in a boutique festival, a support slot with JJ72 (remember them?) and some love interest. I absolutely loved this book and look forward to his next one, but in the mean time I am going to get his earlier work - `The Alternative Hero'.