Sick On You (Paperback)

The Disastrous Story of The Hollywood Brats, the Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of

By Andrew Matheson

Blue Rider Press, 9780399185335, 336pp.

Publication Date: August 2, 2016

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Compact Disc (8/2/2016)

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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 the Author

Andrew Matheson was a founding member of the Hollywood Brats, the band that never really was, but that did what it could from 1971 to 1975. He has since been writing and recording music, producing, publishing magazine articles, and drinking pints.

Praise For Sick On You: The Disastrous Story of The Hollywood Brats, the Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of

“An exuberant memoir that doubles as slapstick comedy…. A riotous portrait of a naive rocker with a penchant for foolishness, Sick on You is packed with louche behavior, provocative musicianship, and outrageous social gaffes…. Matheson writes with the jagged verve he once sought from his band…. He has turned his punk rock travails into an enormously likable memoir.”
—Kevin Canfield, The Washington Post

“True, proper Rock ‘n’ Roll. A funny, sad, superbly written saga. This book is great.” 
—Bob Geldof

“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.”
Kirkus Reviews

“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!