New 2019 edition containing new material. Features an additional unabridged interview with Jim and William Reid.
Musically, culturally and in terms of sheer attitude, The Jesus and Mary Chain stand alone. Their seminal debut album
Psychocandy changed the course of popular music with its iconic blend of psychotic white noise, darkly surreal lyrics and
pop sensibility, and the band continue to enchant and confound.
This fierce, frank and often funny tale begins in the faceless new town of East Kilbride, near Glasgow, at the dawn of the
1980s with two chronically shy brothers, Jim and William Reid, listening to music in their shared bedroom. What follows
charts the formation of The Jesus and Mary Chain, their incendiary live performances, their relationship with Alan
McGee’s Creation Records and those famous fraternal tensions that prepared McGee for the onslaught of the
Gallaghers, with plenty of feedback, fighting and, most importantly, perfectly crafted pop along the way. It is time this
vastly influential group and sometime ‘public enemy’ had their say.
304 pages, paperback.