Sick On You by Andrew Matheson
The Disastrous Story of The Hollywood Brats, the Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of

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Read alongside Ray Davies’ X-Ray (1995) and Jon Savage’s England’s Dreaming (1992) for a vivid account of a bygone musical era.
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MOJO magazine’s 2015 Book of the Year, the outrageous true story of the Hollywood Brats—the greatest punk band you've never heard of—brilliantly told by founding member Andrew Matheson

With only a guitar, a tatty copy of the Melody Maker, and his template for the perfect band, Andrew Matheson set out, in 1971, to make music history. His band, the Hollywood Brats, were pre-punk prophets—uncompromising, ultrathin, wild, and untamable. Thrown into the crazy world of the 1970s London music scene, the Brats recorded one genius-but-ignored album and ultimately fell foul of the crooks who ran a music industry that just wasn't quite ready for the punk revolution. Directly inspiring Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols, and the Clash, the Hollywood Brats imploded too soon to share in the glory. Sick On You is a startling, funny, and incredibly entertaining period memoir about never quite achieving success despite flying so close to greatness.
 

About Andrew Matheson

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Andrew Matheson was for five years director of the International Bee Research Association, the world's leading information service for bee science and beekeeping, based in the UK. Since September 2008 he has been New Zealand's Ambassador to the Philippines, after a post as deputy head of mission in Beijing. Murray Reid is currently apicultural services manager for Asurequality, a New Zealand government-owned company providing food safety and biosecurity services to the food and primary production sectors.
 
Published August 2, 2016 by Blue Rider Press. 334 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 18 2016

Read alongside Ray Davies’ X-Ray (1995) and Jon Savage’s England’s Dreaming (1992) for a vivid account of a bygone musical era.

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on Jun 19 2017

The raw, well-paced tale is delivered with great humor. Spending a few hours in Matheson’s company is akin to catching up with a shambolic friend from ones university days—readers will be enthralled, in stitches, and horrified.

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