- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Virgin Pub (January 31, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753507404
- ISBN-13: 978-0753507407
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,645,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Sleep Till Canvey Island : The Great Pub Rock Revolution Paperback – January 31, 2003
It began with an outrageous press trip to New York to launch unknown rock band Brinsley Schwarz, which went disastrously wrong, and it went on to launch the careers of Ian Dury, Elvis Costello and Joe Strummer. The pub rock scene of the early 1970s was one of the most eventful and important in British music history. Guided by maverick operators such as Jake Riviera and Dave Robinson, who later founded the legendary label Stiff Records, this beery, bluesy scene gave rise to such electrifying acts as Kilburn and the High Roads, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Graham Parker and the Rumour, Dr Feelgood and Elvis Costello and the Attractions - and led directly and organically to the cultural explosion that was punk. Featuring a wealth of anecdotes from Costello, Dury, Nick Lowe and all of the defiantly anti-showbiz scene's major names, this book offers an account of a crucial seven-year period in British rock history.
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The second edition of No Sleep Till Canvey Island - The Great Pub Rock Revolution (Updated 2003) is published by Virgin Books.
Featuring a wealth of anecdotes from Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe and all of the defiantly anti-showbiz scene's major names, No Sleep Till Canvey Island is the definitive account of a crucial seven-year period in British rock history.
"Illuminating... what sustains the book is Will Birch's extraordinary attention to detail, crucial observations only available to someone who was there at the time" Mojo
"An exhilarating anecdotal history" Q
"The Pepys of pub rock... Estimable..." Independent on Sunday, 2005