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Midweek Life PDF #180 The first insider’s account of life inside The Fall Steve Hanley’s story unfolds like a novel from when he joined his schoolmates Marc Riley and Craig Scanlon in The Fall he puts us right in the heart of the. A competently written settling of accounts although Steve Hanley seems like too nice a man to bear many grudges and he s largely sympathetic in his renderings of other band members some of whom he is now working with perhaps that explains it There are very few spectacularly exciting anecdotes lots of tours that tend to blur into each other no major surprises and only one laugh out loud moment when an audience member ties MES s laces together the roadie crawls on stage with a pair of scissors to free him and MES takes a kick at him the roadie to get him off the stage tripping himself over in the process and hurling himself into the drum kitNice to see Marc Riley come out of it well My cover designer Jon Langford gets a couple of mentions as does Altrincham the setting of my new book Fowl Play which you really should buy after you ve read Hanley s book Like the Big Midweek it also features proletarian provincial autodidact paranoi ah

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Intense highly charged creative atmosphere within The Fall and their relentless Big Midweek Life Kindle #180 work ethic which has won them a dedicated cult following high art respectability and a uniue place in popular music history.. One of the greatest rock books ever written and am I the only one who thinks this is the punk rock version of Hell s Kitchen Mark E Smith s perpetual browbeating of his bandmates would make Gordon Ramsey broccoli green with envy Of eual mirth are Smith s Captain ueeg style rants about The Smiths They re taking the piss out of me by naming themselves after me Hanley s assessment of Frank Zappa s music sounding like two different jazz bands playing at the same time is hysterical and his dry sarky worshiping of The Clash in their rockstar gear is brilliantSpoiler alert Smith becomes a lot kinder and gentler with the advent of Brix but thenwell You need this book

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Action The Big Epubon stage on the tour bus in the recording studio and up Big Midweek Life Inside The MOBI #224 close and personal with an eccentric cast of band mates These vividly drawn scenes give unprecedented insight into the. This is an amazing book that just builds and builds like a Bildungsroman to its shattering but inevitable conclusion following some terrific adventures on the way At first young and idealistic the band strike out their new territory Then age brings success but with it the character flaws in the protagonists begin to develop slowly and inexorably building to the tragic conclusion main players brought low by their tragic weaknesses And on the way MayhemMark Smith is a villain of which not even the bard could conceive his persona forever poised on the very precipice that separates genius and madness Steve Hanley the willing and loyal accomplice forced by the endless turn of events to at last confront the maelstrom that is his lead singerThis book had me in absolute tears of laughter as I read the carnage of their on tour world before leaving me with a trace of guilt and sadness as I reflected that at times I was laughing at the players not with them The Fall always give you something other than what you expect this superb book is just another example of this from the sufficiently occasionally sober bassist who lived to tell the tale


10 thoughts on “The Big Midweek Life Inside The Fall

  1. says:

    A competently written settling of accounts although Steve Hanley seems like too nice a man to bear many grudges and he's largely sympathetic in his renderings of other band members some of whom he is now working with perhaps that explains it There are very few spectacularly exciting anecdotes lots of tours that tend to blur into eac

  2. says:

    As befits the unsmiling uiet balding guy in all those classic Fall photos and gig vids Steve Hanley is uite the hilarious writer and raconteur Even when he freuently returns to discuss the goings on with his brother Paul at home or his father's pie shop where he also worked during his Fall days things can take a droll turn

  3. says:

    This deserves to be at least as successful as the Morrissey autobiography The author was born the same month went through the same formative gig going experiences in early 70s Manchester Mott The Hoople then moving on from glam in to punk and New Wave But he was never the front man rather he was the dependable bassist ho

  4. says:

    Other than frontman Mark E Smith Steve Hanley spent time in the legendary and still going post punk band The Fall than anyone else His narrative of his time in the band hits a lot of touchstones for any such tale But of course The Fall navigated a different path at a specific time in music history that makes this story int

  5. says:

    This is an amazing book that just builds and builds like a Bildungsroman to its shattering but inevitable conclusion following some terrific adventures on the way At first young and idealistic the band strike out their new territory Then age brings success but with it the character flaws in the protagonists begin to develop slowly and inex

  6. says:

    I have to admit I've not read many musical biographies but this is easily among the best I have read The Fall was full of dysfunctio

  7. says:

    Fantastic read Steve Hanley's tale of life inside the The Fall manages to make Spinal Tap look like normal behaviourAnyone who has ever liked a

  8. says:

    One of the greatest rock books ever written and am I the only one who thinks this is the punk rock version of Hell's Kitchen? Mark E Smith's perpetual browbeating of his bandmates would make Gordon Ramsey broccoli green with envy Of eual mirth are Smith's Captain ueeg style rants about The Smiths They're taking the piss out of me by naming themselves after me Hanley's assessment of Frank Zappa's music sounding like two different

  9. says:

    Humorous and engaging Pick it up if you are into rock and want an insight into what it's like to record and tour especially if you want to see the worst case scenario

  10. says:

    When i used to work in a library i used to look at the biographiesautobiographies and wonder who wanted to read some of the life stories shelved This book might for many people fit that uestion he is the bass player for The Fall or rather was the bass player of the fall Why should you read this well its funny wise heartbreaking and offers a light on Mark E Smith which always is useful It reminds me why i love the fall an