Before We Was We: The Making of Madness by Madness
'Naughty boys in nasty schools, headmasters breaking all the rules'. That's where this brilliant group autobiography by Camden's Nutty Boys begins. 1970. London - complete with bomb craters, empty buildings, public baths and schools where flying board rubbers were a regular threat. It is probably the best coming of age band book we've ever read - and we've read a few.
Taking in cool clobber, petty misdemeanours, riding freight trains to France, sneaking in to see Roxy and Dury, learning to play, forming a band... this reads exactly as you would have hoped. Everyone chips in, stories collide and much fun is had along the way.
Madness. 40 years of brilliant music. 40 years of friendship. This is where it all began.