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The Fall

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Having known Fall leader Mark E. Smith since 1977, Manchester-based music writer Mick Middles is ideally placed to pen this authorised biography of this most inscrutable of bands. Written with the full co-operation of Smith, the text details some 26 years on the fringe of the Manchester punk scene, three dozen albums, endless touring, two successfully staged plays and nume ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Omnibus Press
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Jan 02, 2010 Mike added it
Recommends it for: my enemies
Recommended to Mike by: no one, sadly
terrible book that I bought by accident (I wanted the recently published mark e smith memoirs and wa in a rush).

this middles character uses a fall bio as an excuse to pour his considerable bitterness into print. I learned more about middles than I did about smith or the fall. and this is not good as middles comes across as a complete bore with numerous blunt axes to grind; from various bands, cities and musical movements, and even rival (ie. successful) journalists.

and mick, for the record, pre
Nov 15, 2008 Lee rated it really liked it
This is totally peripatetic-uh, interview-heavy, awesome intermittent reading-uh (of a spectacularly joyous sort-uh), that is-uh, if you're currently totally obsessed-uh by The Fall-uh, otherwise I wouldn't bother-uh, or better yet-uh, I'd listen me to some Mark E. Smith & Friends-uh then read this sucker on the loo-uh etc.
Jul 01, 2008 Cole rated it it was ok
The least of the Mark E. Smith memoirs...
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Jun 18, 2007 Mark Desrosiers rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
Mick Middles is a pretty decent (and self-deprecating) writer, but you can tell he was bossed around by Mark E. Smith throughout this flawed but very entertaining work. The best part is the extensive interview with MES's mother (he has a mother!) toward the beginning. Also the quote where John Lydon pretty much admits he nicked PiL's schtick from the Fall from the beginning. Lots of inspired passages and memories here and there, and I do love the non-chronological randomness.

The worst parts are
Dec 14, 2008 Ejl rated it really liked it
Probably only compelling to fans of The Fall's music, but it works well as a non-traditional biography/autobiography. I read this on the eve on interviewing Mark E. Smith myself, and I suspect it helped me not make a complete ass of myself.
Jan 22, 2008 Chadwick rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: drooling sycophantic fall fans
Shelves: music, biography
You know, Mick Middles has access to MES's life in a way that few journalists have had. Unfortunately, Middles is a drooling sycophant, and brings no real insight into the man or his music.
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