Adam writes… In our Friday Rock’n’Roll London slot we’re always keen to recommend a good music read (see earlier posts HERE and HERE.)
This week, we’ve something a little different: the excellent comic Hitsville UK.
The action is centered around a small, independent record label with a roster of eccentrics, reprobates and country singing aliens.
As we said, something a little different.
There are two issues so far and having devoured issue one, I turned straight back to page one and started again. By turns bleak and sordid, often surreal (I keep humming snatches of Mighty Boosh tunes when I’ve been reading it), always funny with great pop and rock references shot through the narrative, I’m already completely hooked.
After the first few frames – in which sweaty mogul Gerry Corden and freakshow super-producer Greg Pastis track down new talent and drink themselves insensible, I was reminded of the great quote often attributed (wrongly) to Hunter S Thompson: “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.”
I bought my copy (£3.50) at Orbital Comics on Great Newport Street WC2 (we pass nearby on the rout of the Rock’n’Roll London Walk) but you can also get a copy direct from Great Beast Comics at www.store.greatbeastcomics.com
Hitsville UK’s Facebook page is HERE.
And here’s our own Rock’n’Roll London video…
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THE ROCK’N’ROLL LONDON PUB WALK! EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 7.00PM MEETING AT TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STATION (EXIT 3).
Join the Rock’n'Roll London Walk on Friday at 2pm, meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station (Exit 3) – to book a Private Walk call 020 7642 3978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.