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Reluctant Heroes : The Story of Elbow - Mick Middles

Reluctant Heroes : The Story of Elbow


Published: 30th September 2009
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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.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Bury and Bryanp. 1
Existential Boyp. 11
Mr. Softp. 17
Newborn Elbowp. 27
Learning To Flyp. 37
Asleep In The Backp. 47
Cast Of Thousandsp. 57
American Dreams and Manchester Scenep. 71
Leaders Of The Free Worldp. 79
The Seldom Seen Kidp. 93
Reluctant Heroesp. 103
Mercury Risingp. 111
Beyond The Britsp. 121
A Free Man In Buryp. 129
Discographyp. 135
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ISBN: 9781847728609
ISBN-10: 184772860X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 139
Published: 30th September 2009
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1