In 1982, aged twenty-three, Simon Parkes paid Ap1 for a virtually derelict building in Brixton. Over the next fifteen years he turned it into Britain's most iconic music venue. And now he's telling his story: full of fond - and wild - reminiscences of the famous musicians who played at the venue, including Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Lou Reed, The Ramones, New Order, the Beastie Boys and The Smiths. This is about one man's burning desire for success against the odds, his passion for live music and the excitement of those wilderness years, a far cry from the corporate world that controls the scene today. From rock-star debauchery and mixing it up with Brixton gangsters to putting on the first legal raves in the UK and countless backroom business deals, this is the story of how to succeed in business with no experience and fulfil your teenage fantasies.Our inspirational stage manager Mike Henley was about to make a dramatic flight into rock mythology. ... moving equipment around with the load bars, and all the while throwing around ideas about how to move things forward with the venue.
|Title||:||Live At the Brixton Academy|
|Author||:||JS Rafaeli, Simon Parkes|
|Publisher||:||Serpent's Tail - 2014-01-23|