Book review: Peaches: A Chronicle of the Stranglers 1974-1990 by Robert Endeacott

Peaches: A Chronicle of the Stranglers 1974-1990 by Robert Endeacott

Soundcheck Books www.soundcheckbooks.co.uk [Published 14.07.14]

Author and lifelong Stranglers fan Robert Endeacott certainly knows his stuff as this book covers everything a fan of the band would need to know about the Hugh Cornwell years of the band.

He also uses fellow fans recollections from gigs and meeting band members to build a comprehensive tome on the band. The fan gig reviews are very detailed and include setlists plus recollections of the band members’ on-stage banter, usually from Hugh Cornwell.

The book takes a look at the band’s history in a chronological order and for a casual fan like me I particularly enjoyed the album reviews and a brief comment on what each song was about. The book even covers most TV appearances by the band or where the band’s music was used on TV. The only thing missing is an index for a quick reference point.

Be interesting to see if the author plans a book on the band’s career since 1990 as they have now been recording and playing longer than the years Hugh Cornwell was in the band.

Stranglers fans here is your one stop fan based history of the band’s career to 1990.

Review by Jason Ritchie


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