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    With the ongoing success of What's on Your Turntable leads us to this thread.
    So let's start:

    Colin Turnbull 'The Forest People ' a re-read of book that entranced me then as it does now.
    This will be followed by his biography ' In the Arms of Africa '
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    Julian Cope's debut novel "One Three One". I love his two volume autobiography - "Head On" and "Repossessed" - but this book thus far sees the Arch-Drude trying way too hard IMHO, and reading it feels like I'm wading through treacle. I do want to see how it ends up though.

    After that - on to Viv Albertine's autobiography - "Girls Girls Girls Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys"
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    Viv's book is great, albeit painfully honest and grim in parts, its a powerful story wonderfully told and a female perspective on the punk/post punk era which perhaps hasn't been covered so much before.

    I'm not a Beatles obsessive but Part 1 of Mark Lewisohns Beatles trilogy "Turn On" is extraordinary and such a good read I never wanted it to end. Hugely illuminating, it's not a Beatle nerd book, it's a brilliantly researched account of how the post-war generation were turned on to rock and roll, life in Liverpool in the late 50s/early 60s and the extraordinary good/bad luck and coincidences that were involved in the emergence of Beatles band.
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    I am reading. "What are you Reading" on the Pinkflag site.
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    re-reading ask the dust by john fante.
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    Dipping into my collection of vintage MAD magazines. High art.
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    Update - have finished "One Three One".

    Note to those who have never read Julian Cope - "Head On" and "Repossessed" are pristine examples of music autobiographies. "The Modern Antiquarian" is THE authoritative tome on standing stones. "Krautrocksampler" (if you can still find it) is a great introduction to those seeking out the genre.

    But - "One Three One" has lowered the average. Too many "wacky" analogies and over the top character names - trying to run at a hundred miles an hour all the way instead of pacing itself - shoehorning his main interests of music and pre-history via a glib attempt at time travel - and a wet fart of an ending. Trying to pick a cohesive narrative thread through the detritus surrounding it became an impossible task. Just wasted my time on it regrettably.
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    Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD By Martin Aston.
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    I'm 2/3rds of the way through Julian Cope's "Head On".
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    @themuseumcat: me too. Quite enjoying it I have to say. Must be doing something right as it's inspired me to dig out a bunch of dusty Cocteaus, Modern English, AR Kane and Pieter Nooten records again. Some great stuff there.
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    Storyteller : The Life Of Roald Dahl.

    A fascinating biography by Donald Sturrock. What an intriguing life he led.
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    Reading Viv Albertine's book. Just laughing to myself about Groovy Graham: 'the bulge'. Excellent.
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    Also just finished Viv's book, belatedly on to the Mozza biog, then it'll be 'Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer' & 'Bowie & Hutch'
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    Had the 4AD book in my hands the other day... didn't buy it. Should I assume it's worth it?

    Reading "I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp" (Richard Hell's book) and just finished "Bedsit Disco Queen" (Tracey Thorn) which I enjoyed even more than I expected I would.
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    @negative8ball: absolutely you should buy it. There's lots of Wire-related stuff in there as Ivo was an enormous fan and there are interviews with Colin and Graham. Apart from all that, it's a terrific tale. Just about to get to the last chapter myself and it's structured almost like a thriller, with a sense of impending doom as the story gets to the late 90s. Heartbreaking the way 4ad ran spectacularly into the buffers in the mid 90s when Ivo had his breakdown and everyone lost sight of what had made the label special.
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    The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall by Steve Hanley and Olivia Piekarski. Real eye opener, an easy read and very funny.
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    The lastest edition of Vive Le Rock including a feature on Wire plus the Dead Kennedys and a small extract about the Stonehenge free Festival taken from a forthcoming book by Ian Abrahams called Festivalised, about the free festivals that ran in the UK through the 1970's and 1980's, which I'd be interested in reading when it comes out
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    David Stubbs - Future Days: Krautrock and the beginning of modern Germany
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    Halfway through "The Dark Side Of Camelot" by Seymour Hersh. Great read and fascinating insight into the dark side of JFK and the Kennedy dynasty.

    Also perusing "Banjo's & Badgers: From the hedge to the ledge" by Richie Kavanagh. The life story of a country bard.
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    J G Ballard - The Drowned World