IT AIN’T PETERS & LEE
By Richard Rouska
The story of the LEEDS pop, rock, alt, post punk, indie, goth et al music scene 1977 to 1987 and all points on the periphery. Find herein a multiverse of bands (Jeez they made a film about one label and several bands in Northern Ireland – imagine what a blockbuster this would make… numerous labels and hundreds of bands!), scenes within scenes within dreams within a scene. It’s an encyclopaedic month by month by year by blow by blow account of every event in the lives of every backstreet card carrying Leeds socio-muso-political activist who ever dared to strike a chord in anger.
The Sisters Of Mercy, Gang Of Four, Mekons, Soft Cell, March Violets, Delta 5, Age Of Chance, Utah Saints, The Three Johns, The Wedding Present and perhaps The Cassandra Complex you will have heard of....but The Jazz Hipsters, Jeremy 'League Of Gentlemen's Flowers For Agatha, The Sinister Cleaners, Third Circle, The Buttercookies and so so so many more? Well, the great and the small are here! It's an unwholesome cacophony of snapshots randomly lifted from the echoes of the past (infernal personal experience, selected interviews and exhaustive research) like the lottery of the lives of the relived within – all the big guns and the small fry vie for an equal share of the space and glory – 223 pages of A4 with text (260,000+ words) and pictures (many exclusive ones by Steve Drury) crammed in. Legend has it that Steve once managed Party Day but we can’t be sure.
All has been done for the pure undiluted torture and hell of it…perhaps some unrequited love but sure as not for the money! Richard Rouska has done this before – he is a serial offender – and what he does pulls few punches (he has been known to beat himself up on numerous occasions). Prisoners of fortune are allowed to run free for he will be taking none!
If you were in a band in Leeds 1977-87 and not in this book you were not a band in Leeds during this period – sorry but you weren’t (although I’m sure that last statement will come back to haunt me lol).
Its not meant to be definitive – an impossibility but it has taken THREE YEARS, NINE MONTHS, THREE WEEKS, SIX DAYS and a shed load of hours in the making…to provide insights galore and perspective for sure from on the scene to post scene and upon years of reflection.
It’s the story of a scene that was a law unto itself.
In the early eighties someone said that Leeds had more bands per head of population than New Orleans...and that's a lot… about 300 and then some. Jez 'Utah Saints' Willis said it was John Peel (only cos he'd heard me say so) ... but it was me...spinning the myth that Leeds was a 'happening' scene' ...which it was. However, it was no exaggeration to say that during 1977-87 or parts thereof Leeds had one of the most proactive scenes in the UK? I'd say that was pretty accurate (but I would) and I'd add that the quality n'number of bands creating a cacophony of chaos nowhere in the UK has seen the like of then or...since...even in Leeds!
Read here and only here the insights, rare interviews, anecdotes, tales of the unexpected and a "where are they now" perspective. Cultural history perspectives were never this much fun or indeed so solacious.
The Black Book - by Captain Swing (AKA Richard Rouska)
(The Life And Crimes Of Richard Rouska)
Flipping the lid on the Alternative Yorkshire music and socio-political scene. A true story laced with more than a helping of artistic licence featuring NMA, The Cult, Sisters, Echo And The Bunnymen, Red Guitars, Redskins, 3-Johns, Mekons, 80's Mod Scene, the birth of Punk and Glam Rock, 80's fanzine culture, Rouska Records and so much more.
Described by Louderthanwar as: “essential reading” and “quite brilliant”. Limited to 250 copies. Very few copies left. There will be NO reprint! Only £15 each plus postage. Buy it NOW!
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Carrion By Richard Rouska
The second instalment in the Rouska saga. After the failure of Rouska Records Richard channels his energies into PANIC, a free Yorkshire magazine which at its height is a corporate success story. Realising his mistake Richard transforms it into the weirdest, solatious, anti-corporate, anti-everything alternative music n'listings mag there has ever been. This is that story, 66 issues, 1993-2000.
Thrown in for good measure Richard's continued dalliance with building a recording empire; time spent as one half of the dysfunctional Selwyn And Dick comedy duo; servant of Blair's New Labour beast and Head of Marketing at the world famous City Varieties Music Hall. Anecdotes too rich to miss. Rare pictures and insights to boot!
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Going Underground By Richard Rouska
GOT THE PRE-ELECTION BLUES?
SURELY THERE’S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY! HASN’T THERE?
Richard Rouska woke up early one morning, just as the sun was rising and decided enough was enough. Mr. Rouska hadn’t the legs, notoriety or the bank balance to follow in Russell Brand’s footsteps... but was determined to have his say anyway.
Going Underground is a skinny dip into the pools of possibilities. It is also a brutal attack on Kapitalism, Konsumerism and the Elite Kunts who shepherd our lives.
This election, this book, our life is not about where to stick the X. It isn’t about none of the above or even the right to include none of the above on the ballot. This is much more important than that. Going Underground is devoid of party political bullshit and cuts right to the heart of the true value of our lives.
Livened up with anecdotes of consumerist madness; laced with vicious laugh out loud humour and an empathy with our collective plight that will draw you to his cause.
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