Following the critically acclaimed two-volume 'Tapestry Of Delights', which has become the definitive encyclopaedic guide to UK rock and pop of the 1963-1976 era, this stunning publication applies exactly the same format used for Tapestry and focusses on the revolution the music business underwent in the UK over the next 10 years and analyses the bands and artists from several exciting new genres that changes the face of music forever.
'A Sharp Shock To The System' is a numbered, limited edition publication of 1,000 copies containing 1,682 entries across 1,440 profusely illustrated pages plus 12 pages of full colour illustrations. Each entry contains detailed artists discographies and line-up details for the 1976-1986 era, biographies and, in most cases, comment and critique of their music, details of compilation appearances and an up to date rarity scale for all featured artists' album, EP and 45 releases between 1976 and 1986. Where artists continued beyond 1986, biographies continue until the present or until the artist ceased performing and/or recording.
There is nothing similar in print covering this era that has the scope and depth of this publication.
Publication: Oct 2019
This thick beauty is essential if you're interested in music released between 1976-1986. Vernon Joynson's A-Z compendium of punk, new wave, post-punk, mod revival, neo psychedelia, goth rock and electronic music documents every release from ABC to Zoviet France and seasons the brew with insightful and essential analysis. I've already spent hours with my whiskers in it and plan to spend many more. The book gives The Fall the same attention as The Clash and a lack of snobbery and discrimination is refreshing, allowing Spandau Ballet to rub shoulders with Spear Of Destiny. There is also a rarity value ranging from 'scarce' £18-£35 records, like The Human League's The Dignity Of Labour Parts 1-4 (1979) to 'only a handful' of £1,500+ discs like The Smiths' Hand In Glove/Handsome Devil in misprinted negative sleeve (1983).
With a full-colour section as well as images of legions of sleeves this book is like the Rare Record Price Guide - a Bible and a treasure trove. It's the best £75 you will spend all year, trust me.
If you're not already sold by the title and score, this encylopaedic book of subculture brings you the A-Z of decent music alongside photos of artwork, old gig posters and shots of the era's stars in all their bedraggled glory. This title is the second part of a series focused on UK pop and rock, following 2014's 'The Two-volume Tapestry Of Delights'. It goes further than the genres in its title, verging into inductrial, synth-pop, indie-pop and other musical forms from the '80s. The book includes hundreds of entries with extremely detailed artist discographies about albums, EPs and '45s. It goes into band splits, reformations and everything in between. Sharp Shock also includes black and white pictures throughout as well as 12 pages of colour photos. The book comes numbered and limited to 1000. It stands alone, there is nothing else like this out there. Just get it. If the internet ever goes down, this will remain as the musical bible. 10/10
A POTPOURRI OF MELODIES AND MAYHEM:
Latin American And Canadian Rock, Pop, Beat, R&B, Folk, Garage, Psych And Prog 1963-1976
by Vernon Joynson
This is our latest title in the series that has already brought us Fuzz, Acid and Flowers (US psych, prog and hippie-rock 1963-1976) (2010), The Two-Volume Tapestry of Delights (UK rock, pop, beat, R&B, folk, psych and prog 1963-1976) (2014) and A Melange Of Musical Pipedreams And Pandemonium (Australian, New Zealand, African, Turkish And Middle Eastern Rock, Pop, Folk, Psych And Prog 1963-1976).
Following exactly the same format as for The Two-Volume Tapestry of Delights and A Melange Of Musical Pipedreams And Pandemonium, Vernon covers Latin American and Canadian rock, pop, beat, R&B, folk, garage, psych and prog between 1963 and 1976 in this latest volume.
There are hundreds of entries (large and small) in this volume. Each entry provides artists discographies (album, EP and 45). The discographies are extremely detailed and, for most entries, artists’ overseas releases are included, as well as comprehensive reissue information, details of retrospective compilations and appearances on various artists’ compilations, where applicable. Most entries contain bibliographical details and descriptions and critiques of the music in as much detail as possible. A rarity scale is also provided for albums and EP releases.
The book’s scope is even wider than the title suggests with some other genres, such as jazz and rock-soul, partly covered too. Where artists have been active since 1976, most entries include more information on their careers.
The album, EP, 45 and song titles by French Canadian and Latin American artists have been translated into English wherever possible to make them more accessible to English-speaking readers.
There are black and white illustrations throughout the book and also 12-pages of colour illustrations.
The book will be a numbered, limited edition publication – the precise quantity is still to be determined.
This is a longer book than A Melange Of Musical Pipedreams And Pandemonium, and contains 896 as opposed to 768 pages, which means we have reluctantly had to reflect this in the price.
THE AUDIOPHILE MAN:- "This book will offer hours of fun and exploratory enjoyment but, who am I kidding here, that should be years of fun and enjoyment! Great value, heaving with precious rarity information, A Potpouri ... is a complete winner!"
For the full Audiophile Man review see: https://theaudiophileman.com/a-potpouri-of-melodies-book-review/
'Delight? It's f**king heavy man!...
Whilst the book covers both psych and prog in much detail, it also sets out to cover all UK-based pop and rock artists (other than soul or reggae artists) who released vinyl between 1963 and 1976 and who are likely to be of interest to record collectors. This meas that as well as psych and prog acts, artists releasing mainstream rock & pop, beat, R&B, folk, folk-rock, jazz-rock and glam-rock are all covered too. The scope of the book is much wider than 'Fuzz, Acid and Flowers' that focuses on the US. This is because the UK is a much smaller country and had far less acts in this era than the US so it's possible to include more genres. There is just a relatively short list at the end of the book of artists who recorded between 1963 and 1976 who are not included. These are mostly artists' whose heyday was in the early sixties but who continued to record after 1963.
So the book aims to document almost all UK artists who recorded between 1963 and 1976 that are likely to be of interest to record collectors. It starts with the emergence of beat and ends at the emergence of punk. The early punk acts are not included as they wee covered in our 2001 publication 'Up Yours!'
What The Press Have Said About Previous Books:
Mojo: 'Mind-blowing in terms of detail and scope... it faultlessly documents the era of fuzz guitar and cheesy Farfisa organ'
Record Collector: 'Like... just... totally mindblowing, dude...'
Shindig: 'A literal monster of a book... the last word on US '60s and '70s garage and psychedlia'
60sgaragebands.com: 'should be on the bookshelf of anybody remotely interested in the groups and artists that painted the '60s musical landscape.'
PSYCH TRAIL MIX #6: 'Honestly, I’d consider this the Bible for fans of 60’s Garage/Psychedelia!'
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