Sick On You (Paperback)
The Disastrous Story of The Hollywood Brats, the Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of
Blue Rider Press, 9780399185335, 336pp.
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
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Compact Disc (8/2/2016)
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.
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Praise For Sick On You: The Disastrous Story of The Hollywood Brats, the Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of…
—Kevin Canfield, The Washington Post
“True, proper Rock ‘n’ Roll. A funny, sad, superbly written saga. This book is great.”
“A rueful, funny memoir of a doomed life in rock 'n' roll…. Matheson writes with an easy, loping gait…a vivid account of a bygone musical era.”
“Andrew Matheson’s concise, hilarious memoir tells the pleasure and pain of being an unheralded pioneer.”
—Jon Savage, author of England’s Dreaming
“The greatest rock ’n’ roll story you’ve never heard.”
—John Niven, author of Kill Your Friends
“The Hollywood Brats are a folk legend; they were doing what they were doing before anybody. This is one of the great rock ’n’ roll hard-luck stories, by turns shocking and hilarious.”
—Bob Stanley, author of Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!