Elbow won the 2009 Brit Award for Best British Group and two Ivor Novello awards in 2009 for their songs Grounds for Divorce and One Day Like This.
When Elbow won the Mercury Prize in 2008 for their fourth studio album - The Seldom Seen Kid - the accolade followed an organic 17-year long career marked by four classic albums and a cult following that cast them in the role of Manchester's best kept music secret.
Elbow started out at a time when great songs and evocative lyrics were not generally recognised. Their music transcended genre, age and image, eventually finding its own distinctive global audience as Guy Garvey evolved into one of the most brilliant and intriguing lyricists of recent times.
This book charts Elbows long journey from humble roots through modest success to international recognition. It features interviews with the band and those close to them to form the most complete band history to date.
About the Author
Mick Middles has written about rock music for Sounds and the Manchester Evening News and is the author of several biographies including the critically acclaimed Torn Apart : The Life of Ian Curtis, also published by Omnibus Press as well as books on The Smiths, Oasis, The Stone Roses, Simply Red, Lisa Stansfield and the history of Factory Records.
|Bury and Bryan||p. 1|
|Existential Boy||p. 11|
|Mr. Soft||p. 17|
|Newborn Elbow||p. 27|
|Learning To Fly||p. 37|
|Asleep In The Back||p. 47|
|Cast Of Thousands||p. 57|
|American Dreams and Manchester Scene||p. 71|
|Leaders Of The Free World||p. 79|
|The Seldom Seen Kid||p. 93|
|Reluctant Heroes||p. 103|
|Mercury Rising||p. 111|
|Beyond The Brits||p. 121|
|A Free Man In Bury||p. 129|
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Number Of Pages: 139
Published: 30th September 2009
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1