“You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide,” by Simon Wolstencroft

Non-fiction, 2014

Memoir of ex-Fall drummer, and his life in Manchester, almost joining The Stone Roses and The Smiths along the way. A fast-paced book and pretty easy to read, in which Wolstencroft covers but doesn’t drill too much on the ups and downs and so isn’t too self-indulgent or miserable. A good balance and chipper overall. Potential readers who don’t have an interest in the late 1980s and early 1990s alternative music scene may find little to get to grips with, but for those with even a passing interest in the wired and wonderful world of Mark E Smith, Ian Brown and Johnny Marr, this is an entertaining account from the drum throne.

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