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MICK MERCER BOOKS
POWER OF THE UNDERGROUND Volume 1 By mick mercer
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A collection of my music reviews (652 in all, from 418 artists) taken from the years 2002-2005, highlighting many of the great bands we have in underground genres such as Goth, Post-Punk and... More > Industrial, with many overlapping sub-genres.< Less
SHOOT THE JOKER By mick mercer
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SHOOT THE JOKER were one of my favourite boisterous bands of the early 90’s, almost like an indie version of The Mission the way their songs rose in a passionate frenzy. Shifting line-ups maybe... More > prevented them getting anywhere but they were always brilliant live, and full of great character(s). This book contains 268 photos of them from five gigs at the Bull & Gate - 20.3.89, 16.3.90, 13.4.90, 8.6.90 and November 1990. There are also 17 photos of the Floyd/Debs duo (Blind) at the Dome, September 1991. ALL photos are black and white.< Less
CAT OLYMPICS 2012 By mick mercer
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Five cats against the world, effortlessly uniting a dreary planet. In 2012 we expected great things of Lucy, Mack, Mabel, Fred and Suchard but nobody could have been prepared for just how great. This... More > is their visual story, in 682 black and white photos, profiles, captions and full results.< Less
GOTHIC INTERVIEWS Volume 1 By Mick Mercer
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A book of Goth-related interviews I did as a journalist, pre-Internet. Large interviews: Abbo of UK Decay, Alien Sex Fiend, All About Eve, Ausgang, Bauhaus, Bod, Christian Death (Valor), Creaming... More > Jesus, Dali’s Car, The Danse Society, The Dancing Did, Finish The Story, Junior Manson Slags, KaS Product, Look Back In Anger, March Violets, Mothburner, New Model Army, Pink & Black, Say You (post-Skeletals), Sex Gang Children, Sunshot, The Cult, Toyah, Ultravox! (John Foxx), Under 2 Flags, The Virgin Prunes. Smaller: Anno Lucis, Chat Show, Discord Datkord, The Fifteenth (post-Look Back In Anger), Hysteria, Julianne Regan, Real Macabre, Rubicon, The Society (post-The Danse Society), Theatre of Hate, Venus Fly Trap, Venus In Furs, Zooey. Articles on: Adam And The Ants, The Dancing Did/Shend at Snowshill Manor, Kabuki (pre-Ausgang), ‘Give Me Passion’, contributions for ‘Masterbag’ and Ausgang’s fanzine ‘Stab The Sun.’ 232 pages, 88,000 words and 167 photos, the majority previously unpublished.< Less
GOTHIC INTERVIEWS Volume 2 By Mick Mercer
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Second book (of 3) of Goth-related interviews I did as a journalist pre-Internet. Large interviews with: Aemotii Crii, Alien Sex Fiend, Bod, Christian Death (Valor), The Cravats, Creaming Jesus, The... More > Dancing Did, The Danse Society, Gitane Demone, Gloria Mundi, Julianne Regan, Junior Manson Slags, March Violets, Midnight Configuration, Music For Pleasure, Ritual, Sex Gang Children, Spear Of Destiny, Tones On Tail, The Very Things, Xmal Deutschland. Smaller interviews with: All About Eve, Ausgang, BFG, Diamanda Galas, Dust Devils, Fear Of Darkness, Fields Of The Nephilim, God And The Crazy Lesbians, God’s Girlfriend, Ides Of March, Josi Without Colours. Articles on: The Dancing Did, Tim Did’s own story, further Stab The Sun contributions, a UK Decay tour diary written by Abbo, a mid 90’s State Of Goth article originally printed in Zillo in 4 parts, featuring contributions from about a dozen people in bands. 228 pages, 87,000 words and 150 photos, the majority previously unpublished.< Less
GOTHIC INTERVIEWS Volume 3 By Mick Mercer
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Final volume of my Goth-related interviews I did when a music journalist, pre-Internet. Large interviews: Alien Sex Fiend, All About Eve, Andi Sex Gang, Ausgang, Bauhaus, Blood & Roses, Creaming... More > Jesus, Dancing Did, Dawn After Dark, Death Cult, Jazz Butcher, Junior Manson Slags, Martian Dance, New Model Army, Panic Button, Peter Murphy, Pocket Rockets, Rosetta Stone, Sex Gang Children, Spear Of Destiny, Specimen, Theatre Of Hate, Toyah, UK Decay, Zero Le Crèche. Smaller: The Bolshoi, Bomb Party, Cassandra Complex, The Danse Society, Four Came Home, Julianne Regan, Kommunity FK, Militia, Siiiii, Teahouse Camp, The Witches Of Nemesis, Venus Fly Trap, XC-NN. Articles: Adam Ant (Punk Lives ‘Xmas Carol’), ‘Grebo’ movement, Modern Magic, mid-90’s Overview Of UK Goth, Positive Punk documentary, more Stab The Sun (the Ausgang fanzine). 224 pages, 78,000 words and 165 photos, the majority of them previously unpublished.< Less
SHED SEVEN By mick mercer
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Always my favourite of the 'Britpop' era guitar bands, Shed Seven were a striking, melodic proposition at a time when most bands would slide into Dadrock mundanity. Here we find photos from 1993-1995... More > at smaller venues, catching them in their prime. These 239 black and white photos come from the Rock Garden 30.6.93, Bull & Gate 17.7.93, Marquee 20.7.93 and Bull & Gate 21.6.95.< Less
SHARKBOY By mick mercer
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A fine indie band who almost made it past that frustrating midway phase. The 76 colour photos within this slim tome come from two gigs, Powerhaus on 8.12.93 and a gig supporting Suede at the Albert... More > Hall, 21.5.95.< Less
SADODADA By mick mercer
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Yes, further sonic mayhem from Jonny Melton, a real dalek, 'Jez' from Girls At Our Best and the wild Donahue Brothers. I'm afraid I haven't been able to track down any info on the Donahues, but the... More > dalek once belonged to Buttz from The Babysitters, and James "Jez" Alan was also in The Tall Boys, booked gigs at the Marquee and now teaches at Leeds College Of Music under the name of Jez Pritchatt, so who knows what he's really called? Jonny you all know from Specimen, Diskord Datkord, Playpen and Atomizer, but here's another of his odd adventures. 102 black and white photos in all, some glorious, some not so.< Less
SALAD By mick mercer
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Always entertaining live and interesting on record SALAD were a strange band. Any group with a singer who also dabbles on keyboards usually get nowhere but they came very close. The 186 black and... More > white photos in the book all come from gigs at the Bull & Gate, including their earlier band MERRY BABES, on 29.10.91, followed by three Salad gigs on 30.7.93, 12.11.93 and 25.2.94.< Less