1 Oct 2014
Happy Mondays - Excess All Areas 
Happy Mondays - Excess All Areas - A Biography by Simon Spence

Biographer Simon Spence (The Stone Roses: War and Peace) tells the story of how Happy Mondays came to provide the soundtrack to Britain's last great youth movement - Madchester. Based on extensive interviews with the band and key associates and including 30 unseen photographs, many from the band's own private collection, he reveals the truth behind the mythic stories that ensured their outlaw reputation, and unravels the chaos that led to the group's ultimate implosion and the tragic collapse of Factory Records.

Excess all areas - a biography is out via Aurum Press on 30 October 2014 in hardback and e-book formats. It's available to pre-order now at Amazon.co.uk.

Check out the new website excessallareas.org.uk which features even more exclusive content.

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