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Fried & Justified by Mick Houghton
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Even the musically minded amongst you may not have heard of Mick Houghton, but you've certainly heard of the bands he worked with - The Ramones, Talking Heads, Undertones, Echo & The Bunnymen, Teardrops/Cope, JAMC, House of Love, Wedding Present, ...more
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2023 by The Justified Ancients of M...
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One month ago, The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu published 2023, followed by perhaps the most elaborate book launch ever. In the ensuing chaos, it was almost easy to overlook the book itself (except for p299, which is now forever mine).

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Live At the Brixton Academy by Simon Parkes
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The Brixton Academy is a place of legend. From one of my forays to a sweaty London gig as a teenager (to see Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine in 1991) to finding myself living 5 minutes down the road 10 years later I've spent more sweaty nights ...more
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London Overground by Iain Sinclair
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Iain Sinclair returns to a familiar theme, and a well-trodden path to anyone who has read London Orbital (a journey around the M25). This time he follows the route of the "ginger line" - the relatively new London Overground route, hypothesising about ...more
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Peter Cook by Harry Thompson
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Tragically Peter Cook never got round to writing his autobiography, like so much in his life that seemed unfulfilled. And yet it was a life lived to the full, by tragic genius comic figure who became his own comic persona, not really "known" by many. ...more
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Nairn's London by Ian Nairn
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Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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After a series of books about power, politics, economics and their collective failure I decided to reach for something different: a book I last read nearly 30 years ago, set thousands of years in the future about power, politics, economics and their ...more
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The Big Short by Michael   Lewis
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Another insightful, yet ultimately depressing book about the financial crisis.

Written by an insider it gives the whole sorry picture, from the whizz-kids who realised that you could collateralise mortgage debt into bonds, the rating agencies who
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Who Runs Britain? by Robert Peston
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Robert Peston's analysis of the fall-out from the 2008 crash at first makes an interesting read, with first hand accounts from the boardrooms and offices behind the crisis. But, like the author, it then goes on a bit too long, recycling the same ...more
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