DARRYL W. BULLOCK – Queer Blues: The Hidden Figures of Early Blues Music

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/products/queer-blues-the-hidden-figures-of-early-blues-music-published-6th-july-2023?_pos=1&_sid=c7511005c&_ss=r The immensely talented author Darryl W. Bullock composed one of the best books of 2021 in the shape of Velvet Mafia, and its follow-up titled Pride, Pop and Politics (2022) was yet another thought-provoking and illuminating study of the LGBQT community in relation to British music history, culture, and society…

DARYL EASLEA – Whatever Happened to Slade? When the Whole World Went Crazee

RELEASE YEAR: 2023BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/products/whatever-happened-to-slade-when-the-whole-world-went-crazee Whatever Happened to Slade? by Daryl Easlea is undoubtedly one of the most enthusiastic, warm-hearted, and passionate books on any band out there that I have come across for quite some time. This one basically reads like a love letter to not only one of the greatest yet most underrated…

MARTIN POWER – White Knuckles: The Life and Music of Gary Moore

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/products/white-knuckles-the-life-of-gary-moore-published-on-8th-september-2021?_pos=1&_sid=672ce29c4&_ss=r Being the huge fan and admirer of Martin Power’s epic book on Jimmy Page titled No Quarter that I am, I was naturally rather psyched and excited when a copy of White Knuckles landed on my doorstep. The role and significance of the immortal and sadly missed Gary Moore cannot…

NICK BANKS – So It Started There: From Punk to Pulp

RELEASE YEAR: 2023BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/collections/frontpage/products/and-it-started-there-from-punk-to-pulp-published-28-september-2023 The renowned purveyors of quirky pop and art rock known as Pulp surely need no introduction and to many of us, their Different Class LP from 1995 provided a lovely soundtrack to our youth and teenage years. Drummer Nick Banks recently published this warm-hearted, humorous, and engaging autobiography of his…

SIMON SPENCE – What Have We Got? The Turbulent Story of Oi!

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/products/what-have-we-got-the-turbulent-story-of-oi What Have We Got? by author Simon Spence is a most illuminating, thought-provoking, and perfectly balanced overview of the origins and evolution of the Oi! music genre and the whole scene revolving around that both in the UK and abroad. In some ways highly controversial and infamous yet also underappreciated…

WAYNE HUSSEY – Heady Daze: The Mission Years 1985-1990

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/collections/frontpage/products/heady-daze-the-mission-years-1985-1990-published-on-25th-august-2022 This scribe was madly in love with the inimitable Wayne Hussey’s previous autobiography (or rather the first part of what is presumably a trilogy), namely the brilliant and ridiculously entertaining Salad Daze from 2019. His latest literary output, Heady Daze, picks up where its predecessor ended, and as its title…

STEVE TURNER WITH ADEM TEPEDELEN – Mud Ride: A Messy Trip Through the Grunge Explosion by Steve Turner, Guitarist and Founding Member of Mudhoney

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/collections/frontpage/products/mud-ride-a-messy-trip-through-the-grunge-explosion-signed-edition-published-on-8th-june-2023 Renowned Mudhoney guitarist Steve Turner recently published this fantastically entertaining, engaging, and sincere autobiography of his, and this humorous page-turner (see what I did there?) does an absolutely splendid job at chronicling the birth and evolution of grunge and how the Seattle scene came into being and eventually exploded into…

SIMON GODDARD – BOWIE ODYSSEY 73

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/collections/coming-soon/products/bowie-odyssey-73-published-on-25th-may-2023 The three previous entries in the Bowie Odyssey series impressed me greatly with 71 and 72 in particular leaving their mark on me due to them being flawlessly written excursions into a rich and evocative literary universe unlike anything else out there. In other words, those two masterpieces were an…

HARVEY LISBERG – I’m Into Something Good: My Life Managing 10cc, Herman’s Hermits & Many More

RELEASE YEAR: 2023BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/products/into-something-good-my-life-with-herman-s-hermits-10cc-and-jimmy-white-published-on-30th-march-2023 Wildly entertaining, enthusiastically told, and brimming with joy and energy, this utterly rewarding read by former Herman’s Hermits and 10cc manager Harvey Lisberg is a real adventure from beginning to end. Chronicling his days growing up in Salford in Greater Manchester and becoming smitten with music (in particular The Beatles)…

DAFYDD REES – The Beatles 1963: A Year in the Life

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/collections/frontpage/products/beatles-1963-published-on-13th-october-2022 1963 was undoubtedly one of the most eventful and action-packed years in Beatles history and saw the group evolve into a global and widespread phenomenon that cemented their legend. This beautiful hardback sees author Dafydd Rees explore that hallowed year in great detail and essentially provides the reader with an…

RJ SMITH – Chuck Berry: An American Life

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/collections/frontpage/products/chuck-berry-an-american-life-published-on-8th-november-2022 Much has been written about rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry over the years, but few books feel as comprehensive and in-depth as this evocative 415-page gem by RJ Smith does. Beautifully written and capable of transporting the reader back in time to bygone eras, this is quite the page-turner.…

RICHARD EVANS – Listening to the Music the Machines Make: Inventing Electronic Pop 1978-1983

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/products/listening-to-the-music-the-machines-make-the-electronic-pop-revolution-1978-1983-published-on-27th-october-2022?_pos=1&_sid=d27e49c6e&_ss=r This excellent examination of the birth and rise of electronic pop music in Britain by author Richard Evans combines a fresh approach to the success and longevity of the genre with a thorough analysis of its cultural impact and why it resonated with the post-punk generation back in the late…

Kid Congo Powers – Some New Kind of Kick: A Memoir

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/ Renowned musician and songwriter Kid Congo Powers, whose musical resume is rather impressive and includes stints with the Cramps, The Gun Club, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, published this deeply evocative and engrossing memoir of his via the brilliant Omnibus Press a few months ago. If you did…

RICK BUCKLER & ZOË HOWE – The Jam 1982

RELEASE YEAR: 2022   BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-jam-1982-published-on-17th-november-2022 What a marvelous piece of work this visually stunning book on that tumultuous yet highly productive year in The Jam’s life that was 1982 is. That was the fateful year when front man Paul Weller decided to lay The Jam to rest following an intensely creative spell from 1977…

MARK PAYTRESS – Glam! When Superstars Rocked the World, 1970-74

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/products/glam-when-superstars-ruled-the-world-1970-74-published-on-7th-july-2022 What a lovely and evocative delight this colorful and captivating piece on the birth and creative peaks of glam rock is. Filled to the brim with pictures of bands, concert posters, album adverts, fan club newsletters, badges, and single and album covers, author Mark Paytress has composed a most impressive…

KARL BARTOS – The Sound of the Machine: My Life in Kraftwerk and Beyond

Omnibus Press, 2022 RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-sound-of-the-machine-published-on-14th-july-2022 Renowned artist Karl Bartos, who is undoubtedly best known for his pioneering work with the German avantgarde outfit Kraftwerk, published this mammoth 634-page autobiography of his a few months ago, and it turned out to be an informative read and a bit of an eye-opener in many…

MARTIN CELMINS – Peter Green: Founder of Fleetwood Mac (Revised and Updated Version)

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/products/peter-green-the-authorised-biography-published-on-31st-march-2022 This updated and revised classic on the wildly gifted and enigmatic founder of Fleetwood Mac, more specifically blues legend Peter Green, is an illuminating study of a musical icon and an extraordinarily complex human being that perpetually seemed to shun fame and fortune. Written by Martin Celmins who was a…

DAVID LEAF – God Only Knows: The Story of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys & the California Myth

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/collections/frontpage/products/god-only-knows-the-story-of-brian-wilson-the-beach-boys-and-the-california-myth This legendary and outright essential book on Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, which originally saw the light of day back in 1978, was extensively updated by author David Leaf quite recently and then published by the ever-reliable purveyors of quality literature, namely Omnibus Press. What we have here is…

SIMON GODDARD – Bowie Odyssey 72

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/ Following the publication of last year’s “Bowie Odyssey 71”, yours truly had been eagerly awaiting its follow-up, and what a treat it now is to be able to tell you that we are dealing with a sparkling new literary gem here. Simon Goddard’s story is an engrossing account of Bowie’s…

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