The Best Seat in the House: A Cock Sparrer Story

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The personal story of one of the most influential Oi! bands in music history as told by its drummer, from the beginnings of British punk to a surprising resurgence decades later.

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Cock Sparrer are widely considered to be one of the most influential street-punk bands in history, and helped pave the way for the late-1970s punk scene and the significant Oi! subgenre. Here is the band’s story from the perspective of drummer and driving force, Steve Bruce—from their beginnings in London’s East End through the mid-1970s punk boom and Malcolm McLaren’s attempts to mold them, until the current period that sees them as surprised as anybody to find themselves touring the world, releasing new material, and enjoying the respect and love of the punk and Oi! community. After battling through the 1970s and 1980s, the 1990s' punk revival saw this band of childhood friends rediscovered by fans old and new, and they now enjoy huge success headlining festival bills and performing shows to large ecstatic crowds all over the western world.

Packed with photographs, memorabilia, tales and anecdotes, this book is a must for any fan.

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Author Steve Bruce
Publisher Cherry Red Books
Page Count 300pp
Publication Size 7.5 x 10.25
Publication Notes softcover, b/w
Publication Date April 2011
ISBN 978-1901447866

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