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The real story of The Hollywood Brats and how punk should have begun

**MOJO MAGAZINE'S BOOK OF THE YEAR**
The Hollywood Brats are the greatest band you’ve never heard of.

Recording one near-perfect punk album in 1974, they were tragically
ahead of their time.
With only a guitar, a tatty copy of the Melody Maker and his template for the perfect band, Andrew Matheson set out, in 1971, to make musical history. His band, The Hollywood Brats, were pre-punk prophets – uncompromising, ultra-thin, wild, untameable and outrageous. But thrown into the crazy world of the 1970s London music scene, the Brats ultimately fell foul of the crooks and heavies that ran it and an industry that just wasn’t ready for them.

Directly inspiring the London SS, the Clash, Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols, The Hollywood Brats imploded too soon to share the glory. Punk’s answer to Withnail and I, Sick On You is a startling, funny and brilliantly entertaining period memoir about never quite achieving success, despite flying so close to greatness.

Reviews

True, proper rock 'n' roll. A funny, sad, superbly written saga. This book is great.

Bob Geldof

The greatest rock 'n' roll story you've never heard: the Hollywood Brats hit the early 70s like a spaceship landing in Victorian London. Matheson's book is as lurid and compelling as the band themselves.

John Niven, author of Kill Your Friends

The Hollywood Brats are a folk legend; they were doing what they were doing before anybody. This is one of the great rock 'n' roll hard luck stories, by turns shocking and hilarious, and Andrew Matheson has a terrific eye for comic detail.

Bob Stanley author of Yeah Yeah Yeah: the Story of Modern Pop

Flagrant, addled, highly competitive, the Hollywood Brats predicted Punk in the moribund early seventies. Andrew Matheson’s concise, hilarious memoir tells the pleasure and pain of being an unheralded pioneer.

Jon Savage, author of Englandâ??s Dreaming

The best rock 'n' roll memoir you will read all year.

Dylan Jones

Riotously hilarious story… Might just be the most entertaining music memoir ever written

Independent Arts & Books

History is told by the victors, but Andrew Matheson's tale of rock 'n' roll failure is much more compelling than any tired celebrity narrative. Lurid, stupid, crazed and quixotic, the primal adolescent silliness and arrogance of great pop music runs through every page.

Stuart Maconie

The funniest music book I’ve ever read – by some measure.

Shindig! Magazine

Rock ’n’ roll at its disastrous best…brilliant. Someone needs to make a film of this immediately.

Classic Rock

The Hollywood Brats are the greatest band I’ve ever seen

Keith Moon

Britain’s great lost punk band

Q-Magazine

So colourful, so comical, so damn bitchy... hilarious

Tony Fletcher, iJamming

Matheson writes with the jagged verve he once sought from his band.

Kevin Canfield, Washington Post

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780091960445

    August 18, 2016

    Ebury Press

    352 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780091960438

    July 15, 2015

    Ebury Press

    352 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • EBook

    9781473503717

    July 2, 2015

    Ebury Digital

    352 pages

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