ISBN: 978-1-904794-36-3
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Format: Paperback
Size: 238mm x 156mm
Extent: 224pp
Illustrations: 50 b/w and colour images
Music: Biography

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The Biography

Helen Chase

Magazine was formed by Howard Devoto when he left the Buzzcocks just as the seminal EP Spiral Scratch was being released. Already tired of the thrash and unrelenting nature of punk rock, Devoto wanted to combine the elements of avant-garde and pop. This he did with Magazine’s ‘Shot by Both Sides’, ‘the best rock & roll record of 1978, punk or otherwise’ (Rolling Stone) followed by their first album Real Life. Three more equally acclaimed albums followed before Magazine disbanded.

With Unique access to the band and interviews with the great and the good of the 1980’s and iconic musicians of today, Helen Chase presents a riveting insight into the world of punk and beyond. Placing the band in the context of the Manchester music scene she explains why the band has such a solid fan-base and why Magazine have decided to re-form for live gigs some 30 years since they first took to the stage.

The Author

Helen Chase is an author and teacher. Born in Bradford she now happily lives near Newcastle upon Tyne with her daughter. A key element of Helen’s writing is based on her in-depth and personal interviews with band members, managers, record company execs, producers, designers and fans. Magazine’s ‘Shot by Both Sides’ was the first single she ever bought – she remains a devoted fan.

“There were few more respected groups than Magazine... provocative image-mongering, a sophisticated sense of what the future might look like, a thrilling metallic power... formidable. After songs like these, there really wasn’t anything left to prove.”
Adam Sweeting, The Guardian

“Howard Devoto - the man who introduced a new literacy not just into punk but into rock as a whole. Remarkable lyrics, traditional, but poisonous to the usual pop-line clichés.”
Paul Morley, NME

“Magazine’s influence is all over today’s music.”
Paul Draper, Mansun

“Her prose is refreshingly unfussy for music writing, and she wisely steps back to allow those who were there to tell their own stories.”
Daniel Gray, The Skinny

“I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the minutiae of perhaps the only band to mix big funky baselines with navel-gazing misery and get away with it.”
Howard Male, theartsdesk

“Chase has a done a fine job here in not only securing interviews with the members, but also in setting out their story in a clear and concise manner.”
The Crack