ReviewsThe more that Liverpool was written off, whether for being too stuck in Fab Four nostalgia or too bolshie to accommodate the new economic order, the more its young musicians responded with songs of emotional generosity and visionary breadth. I am pleased that Skillen has documented what they did, in such eloquent detail.
From the Preface by Paul Du Noyer, author of Conversations with McCartney and Liverpool: Wondrous Place
Years of painstaking research have produced an informative labour of love from Dr Skillen (I’m sure I still had hair when he interviewed me for the book!)...excellent stuff. As well as the usual suspects, nice that some of the less trumpeted artists/characters are included; Testi, Davies, Mellina, Lotus Eaters, Black, even a band called Yachts get a look in, making it a fully rounded picture of what was happening in the city, musically.
Henry Priestman, The Christians
A very interesting and worthwhile book.
The Penniless Press
Fascinating study of the Liverpool music scene of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Author Paul Skillen knows the scene inside out—he published the short-lived Merseyside zine, which lasted for a whole 26 issues during the height of Scouse Pop, and he’s got great material to work with, having interviewed nearly everyone who was everyone in Liverpool music.