Hallelujah! : The Extraordinary Story of Shaun Ryder and Happy Mondays Paperback
The Mondays were the band who had it all. Credited with a range of achievements, from creating Manchester and introducing indie kids to dance music to bringing ecstasy to Britain, they were the rock 'n' roll story that beggared belief.
In Shaun they had an inspired gutter-poet; in his sidekick Bez they had a cultural icon.
Hallelujah is the story of how this hapless group of ruffians, thieves, thugs and dealers, prompted by boredom, drugs and a visit from the taxman, got their act back together after six long years and played a sell-out world tour.
Along the way a man was set on fire, an orgy was staged, someone nearly drowned and every single band member got lost in Europe.
There were guns, writs, jellyfish, fights, copious amounts of class As - and a skull on a stick.
Former Daily Sport jounalist John Warburton, Shaun's friend and confident, went along for the ride.
He includes contributions from others who've witnessed the madness first hand, including Jo Whiley, Chris Moyles, Steve Lamacq and Fatboy Slim.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, 8ill.
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 08/05/2003
- Category: Punk, New Wave & Indie
- ISBN: 9780753507810
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Review by uryjm
I only managed to get half way through this when I gave up. There's no doubt that Ryder is an enigmatic and witty character, but this just doesn't come across in the book. I got the impression that the author still thinks that going on three week benders in Ibiza or scoring heroin in Euston Station is just really mad and "on the edge", when in reality it's just sad. And people who bask in that "Shaun Ryder's my mate, and look how mad he is!” are even sadder.