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    Fictitious pop band memoir?

    Discussion in 'Discussion of Published Works' started by OurJud, Aug 22, 2020.

    I’ve asked this before but it was a while ago and I’ll never settle until I hunt it down. I need help finding a book I once read.

    I read it maybe a decade ago and it’s a fictitious account of a British indie band from the 80s (maybe the 90s). I pictured this band being similar to Joy Division and the like. Anyway it starts in present day with this guy on a beach in Spain, with his wife and kid. He starts telling the reader about a pop band he formed back in the 80s/90s and the whole book then becomes one long flashback to this time.

    It captured the time brilliantly and one scene I remember vividly is him designing a sleeve for the band’s demo cassette, and taking it to the library to run off a few copies on their photocopier.

    I’m afraid that’s all I can remember.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Sounds like a cool book.
     
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    It was. It captured the time perfectly. I’ve been trying to identify it for years now!
     
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    Might help. Off the top of my head....(did I already say this in the other thread?) it sounds like you could be referring to the movie: "The Commitments" or the Canadian tv show, "Catwalk" (Neve Campbell was "Daisy" in this series before she joined the "Party of Five" tv show).
     
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    initially i thought of powder by kevin sampson, but thats not how that starts
     
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    No, it's not that, but thanks.
    Yes, I remember you saying this last time. I've tried a 'What's that book?' reddit sub with no joy. I shall try the one you link to. Thanks.
     
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    The Cocksure Lads?

    It's a 2013 comedy drama - movie - starring Lyndon Ogbourne, Luke Marty Edward Hilier, Adam McNab.

    It's the only thing I've seen that could fit....
     
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    No, but thanks for having a shot. This band were from the 80s.

    I’ve been searching for this book ever since I asked for help the last time - which was a number of years ago now. I don’t think I’m ever going to find it.
     
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    I tried to find it for ya since I think I'd like it.

    Some of these sound similar:

    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/books-with-a-beat-a-top-10-of-novels-that-rock-1.2339295

    However, after some digging I found none of them matched the details you mentioned.

    Starting with Spain and British band and what else... is it the 80s or 90s? That's quite a different music scene wise.
     
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