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The Story of the Manic Street Preachers : Nailed to History - Martin Power

The Story of the Manic Street Preachers : Nailed to History

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2010
ISBN: 9781849381758
Number Of Pages: 328

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In the last two decades, The Manic Street Preachers have established themselves as one of the UK's most enduring, intelligent and credible rock groups, with nine Top Ten albums, 16 Top Ten singles, three Number Ones and a brace of Brit Awards.

But that quest for greatness has seen the band follow a difficult, sometimes torturous path, with one of their number - the gifted yet deeply troubled Richey Edwards - abandoning that quest altogether for destinations still unknown.

Nailed to History traces the slow yet inexorable climb of the South Wales band from their late 80s origins as glam punk inspired, though critically derided 'Generation Terrorists' to their current position as respected art rock intellectuals - a fact underlined by 2009's award winning, "A Journal For Plague Lovers".

It also examines the life and complex personality of Richey Edwards, whose highly politicised, morally disquieting wordplay defined much of the Manics' early appeal - his personal demons writ large across 1994's 'dark masterwork', "The Holy Bible". Edwards' evermore extreme behaviour culminated in his sad, strange disappearance on February 1, 1995 and forced the colleagues he left behind to re-examine their very purpose before making a triumphal return with 1997's million selling "Everything Must Go". "

Nailed to History features new interviews with those closest to the band, a full discography and rare and unseen pictures of the band.

About the Author

Author Martin Power has previously written books on Aerosmith, Shane McGowan and David Sylvian. He lives in London.

When We Were Happyp. 1
The Bands Of Boredomp. 11
Convergencesp. 19
Education Is Never A Wastep. 31
Escape Velocityp. 49
Advancing Into Battlep. 65
Signs And Wondersp. 75
The Fabulous Disasterp. 81
Everything That Glittersp. 95
Temporary Caesarsp. 107
A Spell Of Riotp. 127
Ever Decreasing Circlesp. 141
Intermissionp. 159
A Beckoning Silencep. 165
In Absentiap. 183
Chosenp. 189
As You Sow, So Shall You Reapp. 205
Joy In Repetitionp. 219
A Sort Of Homecomingp. 233
Know Your Limitsp. 241
Slipping Into Fictionp. 255
What Immortal Hand Or Eye?p. 269
Return Of The Beautiful Boyp. 287
Nailed To Historyp. 303
Acknowledgementsp. 307
Discographyp. 309
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ISBN: 9781849381758
ISBN-10: 1849381755
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1