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Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone

£16.99


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Michael Bradley joined his school friend’s group in Derry, Northern Ireland in the summer of 1974. They had two guitars and no singer. Four years later the Undertones recorded ‘Teenage Kicks’, John Peel’s favourite record, and became one of the most fondly remembered UK bands of the post punk era.

Sticking to their punk rock principles, they signed terrible deals, made great records and had a wonderful time. They broke up in 1983 when they realised there was no pot of gold at the end of the rock and roll rainbow. His story is a bitter-sweet, heart-warming and occasionally droll tale of unlikely success, petty feuding and playful mischief during five years of growing up in the music industry. Wiser but not much richer, Michael became a bicycle courier in Soho after the Undertones split. “Sixty miles a day, fresh air, no responsibilities,” he writes. “Sometimes I think it was the best job I ever had. It wasn’t, of course.”

258 pages

Price £16.99  $19.99

About the author:

Michael Bradley joined his school friend’s group in Derry, Northern Ireland in the summer of 1974. They had two guitars and no singer. Four years later the Undertones recorded ‘Teenage Kicks’, John Peel’s favourite record, and became one of the most fondly remembered UK bands of the post punk era. Sticking to their punk rock principles, they signed terrible deals, made great records and had a wonderful time. They broke up in 1983 when they realised there was no pot of gold at the end of the rock and roll rainbow. His story is a bitter-sweet, heart-warming and occasionally droll tale of unlikely success, petty feuding and playful mischief during five years of growing up in the music industry. Wiser but not much richer, Michael became a bicycle courier in Soho after the Undertones split. “Sixty miles a day, fresh air, no responsibilities,” he writes. “Sometimes I think it was the best job I ever had. It wasn’t, of course.”

Additional information

Weight 0.649 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.6 × 1.7 cm

Reviews

...breezy and detailed with an anecdotal frankness and self-deprecating humour.
-Q Magaizine
It s not a sorry tale of excess; rather a story about teenage boys trying hard not to grow up.
-Record Collector
...captures brilliantly the camaraderie and raw enthusiasm of a bunch of working class young men from a troubled part of the world whose unique brand of punk music was truly special.
-Louder Than War
A superb telling of the Undertones story. One of the best music bios that I have ever read, (and trust me I've read a fair few). It's up there alongside Bob Dylan's, and that man could really write. Mickey's, as you would expect from such a funny man, is frequently hilarious. Anyway, if you are an Undertones fan you need to buy this book, and if you are not a fan, buy it anyway.
-Amazon 5 stars
Brilliant read. Written with self deprecation and wit by Michael Bradley. Great that the life told behind The Undertones reflects so similar to what I had hopefully imagined they would be like from their gigs, ( sorry....concerts) & their wonderful songs. I came up a Jam fan so kinda chuffed Michael seemed to like them & Weller. If he could spare time to do a Jam biography with the wit shown here would be extremely welcome.
-Amazon 5 stars
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