15 Jan 2014
Moods, Memories and other Manoeuvres 
Moods, Memories and other Manoeuvres

Julia Kneale's book Moods, Memories and other Manoeuvres which contains plenty about the times when she was Andy McCluskey's girlfriend and a member of The Id (one of the forerunners of OMD) as well as the Merseyside music scene at the advent of post-punk in mid to late Seventies, is out on 24 January 2014.

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Title: Moods, Memories and other Manoeuvres
Author: Julia Kneale
Paperback: 147 pages
Published by: Acorn Independent Press
Publication date: 24 January 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1909121546

Available via Amazon.co.uk and other booksellers.

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