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  • Published: 15 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780753553930
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $35.00

About the authors

Mike Barson


Mark Bedford


Chris Foreman


Graham McPherson


Cathal Smyth


Lee Thompson


Dan Woodgate


Praise for Before We Was We

A rollicking oral history of Madness’s early years ... a goldmine of quirky anecdotes

Q Magazine

[One of] the best books to buy music fans for Christmas

The Telegraph

Brilliantly assembled by journalist Tom Doyle as an oral history featuring the voices of all the members … tells you more about how a band becomes a band than any number of anecdotes about life in the studio

Financial Times

As much as anything, the book is a social history of growing up on the edges of criminality

Financial Times

An amazing book … one of the best books about a band I have ever read. I've been raving about it to everyone I meet

Michael Hann, music journalist

Hilarious ... heartwarming... recounted in a distinctive, charming style which makes it impossible not to champion the group

Classic Pop Magazine

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