The original, long out of print, edition of this book first appeared in 2000. It has now been revised, updated and expanded for this comprehensive new publication, which features contributions from three of the four original members (Lol Crème chose not to participate), plus subsequent band members, managers, producers and collaborators – in fact just about everyone who has had any involvement with the band has their say. I had quite a liking for 10cc back in their seventies heyday, particularly the albums from Sheet Music to Deceptive Bends, and I wasn’t the only one – incredible as it may seem now, luminaries such as Charles Shaar Murray and Nick Kent sing the band praises in articles from the time. I’ve been playing the albums for the first time in many a long year in conjunction with reading this book, and there’s certainly some great songs there that have really lasted well, even if they were sometimes too clever for their own good. Okay, some pieces were a bit throwaway and haven’t aged that well, but there’s plenty of top quality material that still holds up today, much of which I’d quite forgotten about – in fact I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed 10cc’s music full stop. Hearing them again brings back many fond memories, even if these days they are largely forgotten and regarded as something of a guilty pleasure! The music was maybe never quite as good after the departure of Godley and Crème, but then not many groups come through the exit of two key members unscathed. Post-Deceptive Bends, for me at least, it was a case of diminishing returns, and my interest in subsequent releases gradually waned until I lost touch with them completely. This is certainly an interesting, exhaustively researched and well written book though, and one that I really enjoyed reading. The author never fails to keep the story moving along, no mean feat for over five hundred pages., and this must surely be the definitive final word on this innovative, inventive and, lets not forget, hugely successful band.
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Kevin Godley’s interactive autobiography Spacecake, or Eric Stewart’s The Things I Do For Love.
One thing you’ve learned
There will be a free launch event at Stockport Museum on 22 February (2pm), featuring a talk by the author, followed by a Q and A session and a book signing.