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Brixton Academy was always going to be a special show for us, it's where we all grew up seeing our favourite bands, our favourite shows – and to be headlining. Tracklist: 1. "From Out Of Nowhere" 2. "Falling To Pieces" 3. "The Real Thing" 4. "Underwater Love" 5. "As. Live At the Brixton Academy: A riotous life in the music business Paperback – 23 Jan In , aged twenty-three, Simon Parkes paid £1 for a virtually derelict building in Brixton. Over the next fifteen years he turned it into Britain's most iconic music venue.


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A l Am a little lost for words when it comes to describing this book. A lesson in cultural changes between now and then for those that are too young to have lived through and experienced those changes.

Parkes bought this venue as Brixton was displaying bleeding live at the brixton academy from the 80's riots. Of course, the most logical place to build a rock venue from scratch.

Live At the Brixton Academy: A riotous life in the music business

No-one else would have done it. No-one else could have succeeded.

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On one level, it is a story of a nut job successfully doing something that shouldn't have been possible, with zero experience in the industry at the outset. On a deeper level, it is story of someone who was born to do something.

It reminds me of a poster I had in my late teens, a simple pencil sketch of birds in flight, with the caption "they can, because they think they can".

Is any of the above the reason live at the brixton academy I bought this book? No, it is the reason you should read this book.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

I bought it as a music lover, not really knowing what to expect. I read it now because I'm going to live at the brixton academy gig at The Academy in little under 2 weeks to see my childhood idol I'd say teen idol, but I was only 10yrs old when I fell under a spell, which is still working.

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I'm so glad I did. Having a greater appreciation of how Brixton Academy came into being will add an extra frisson to the event, if that's possible. Thank you, Simon Parkes. Being a south-Londoner and having actually attended many gigs at the Academy I was surprised that I knew none of the background to one of London's best venues.

LIVE AT THE BRIXTON ACADEMY PDF DOWNLOAD

The book is extremely easy to read and even at just over four hundred pages didn't take me more than a few reading sessions live at the brixton academy complete.

Simon does come across as a very likeable person who was a genuine music fan wishing to create something special, and given the situat Simon Parkes book on the rise of the Brixton Academy live at the brixton academy fascinating. Simon does come across as a very likeable person who was a genuine music fan wishing to create something special, and given the situations he encountered while creating the venue - especially during the mids - he would have to have loved his work in order to keep him going.

What was interesting was how Simon saw Brixton as a place. I am too young to remember the riots of the 80s but certainly know what even now nearly 3 decades later Brixton's reputation still exists so I can well believe that at the time he opened the venue this was something genuinely shocking and live at the brixton academy.

Faith No More: Live at the Brixton Academy

The main thing that I came away from the book with was that actually its a huge disappointment that venues don't operate in the same ways any more, with extortionate ticket prices and removing live at the brixton academy gig 'experience' - which Simon alludes to at the end of the book.

Despite live at the brixton academy the positives of the book I couldn't shake the feeling that there was maybe a slight creative licence taken when describing some of the shadier or dangerous parts of Brixton business, but it never took away from the impact of the story.

To me it did appear that Simon reflects a lot more kindly on the 80's period of the Academy and well over half the book is dedicated to it.

There is nothing wrong with this as it is obvious that part of the excitement was the journey to the top - however, it did make the book feel slightly lopsided as Simon appeared to sprint through the 90s.

But there is clearly more to Parkes than family money and an old-school tie.

Live at Brixton Academy

His mother took the morning-sickness drug thalidomide when she was pregnant with him and he was born without half his left arm. Even still — or perhaps as a result — an early nickname was "Scrapper" live at the brixton academy he was constantly getting into fights.

During the time he owned the Academy, Parkes was stabbed, tear-gassed, held at gunpoint and received death threats from the fascist group Combat At one point, he had to check in every night with the police and wear an alarm round his neck.

It live at the brixton academy a little bit hairy from about to when I had a few run-ins with local guys.



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