STAX, MIKE/ANDY NEIL & JOHN BAKER - DON'T BRING ME DOWN...UNDER

STAX, MIKE/ANDY NEIL & JOHN BAKER - DON'T BRING ME DOWN...UNDER

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Label: UGLY THINGS

Release date: 25/04/2006

Barcode: 9780977816606

Catalog no.: PT0000001

Item ID: 264891

DON'T BRING ME DOWN...UNDER: The Pretty Things in New Zealand, 1965. 120 pages / perfect bound / full-color glossy cover + 8 pages of color photos. In 1965, while other British groups set their sights on America, the Pretty Things invaded New Zealand, a culturally sheltered colonial outpost 12,000 miles from their home. A disparate bunch of art student malcontents, brought together in one unholy collision of no holds barred 60s rhythm n blues and self-expression, the Pretty Things were the most extreme band of their day. Fueled by a baiting, sensationalist tabloid press, their loud, anarchic music and outrageous antics on and off stage - particularly those of drummer Viv Prince - ignited a national scandal and a public outcry that would spread from the newspaper headlines to the Houses of Parliament. Today, so-called bad boy rock star behaviour has gone beyond pass to being almost expected. But in the Swinging Sixties, in not-so-Swinging New Zealand, for a bunch of longhaired musicians who looked as though theyd beamed down as emissaries from Mars, garnering inflammatory column inches in a remote Colonial outpost for being nothing but themselves was absolutely the real deal. No parachutes. No safety nets.
No bodyguards. No lawyers. No PR people providing 24-hour spin control. "It really was about five young guys on the road," remembers singer Phil May, "with the rest of the country, apart from the kids, completely against you. It was like being a platoon behind enemy lines."



Or as guitarist Dick Taylor puts it: "The whole trip for me was like waking up in a Dali painting with no exit to reality."



More than ten years in the making, DONT BRING ME DOWN.UNDER documents the Pretty Things surreal, outlandish and frequently hilarious exploits in New Zealand through interviews with most of the major participants, press clippings and more than 180 rare photographs, including 8 pages in full-colour. DONT BRING ME DOWN. UNDER is a must read, not just for Pretty Things fans, but for anyone fascinated by an era when rock n roll was not only outrageously FUN but also a force of subversion and ultimately liberation for an entire generation of young people around the world.

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