Madness' One Step Beyond...

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Bloomsbury Academic, Aug 13, 2009 - Music - 180 pages
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Madness came to prominence in the UK in the wake of the Punk/New Wave explosion and must be seen in the context of Britain in the late 70s, musically, socially and politically. Their first single was released by Two-Tone, an independent label run by fellow ska enthusiasts. One Step Beyond isn't the best album in the world - it's not even the best album by Madness. It is, however, a great record and an exceptional debut album - fully formed despite half the band still being in their teens - and it remains as exhilarating, inspiring and as much fun as when people first heard it nearly 30 years ago. Through extensive interviews with the band, as well as producers Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley, Terry Edwards tells the inside story of how Madness rose to be the most successful singles band of the 1980s in the UK charts.

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Contents

Cast of Players
1
Prologue
3
The Nutty Train
5
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Terry Edwards is a multi-instrumentalist who tours worldwide with innumerable bands (including Tindersticks, Gallon Drunk, PJ Harvey, and Robyn Hitchcock) and releases music on his London-based label, Sartorial Records. This is his first book.

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