As featured on RTÉ’s Radio 1 culture show ‘Arena’ on 9 August 2017

“A book that takes you back to a time when managers mortgaged their houses because music really mattered. I couldn’t put this book down.”

Ken Sweeney, journalist and creator of the documentaryIn Search of the Blue Nile

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Book Details

Title: Prefab Sprout: The Early Years

Author: John Birch

ISBN: 978-1-9997967-0-9

Publisher: Paper Portal Publishing

Date: 26 August 2017

Language: English


Format: Hardback

No. Pages: 230

Size: 155mm x 210mm x 20mm

Weight: 475g

Images: 40 colour; 24 mono

Fully referenced bibliography and index included


Selling price: £17.50 plus P&P

Prefab Sprout: The Early Years also includes an expansive look at Kitchenware Records and the North East Music Scene between 1977 and 1985.

The book offers a look under the bonnet of Prefab Sprout as Paddy McAloon’s band travels from garage forecourt to pub gigs and onward to BBC Radio One with a little label called Kitchenware.

This book is the first of three, each tracing distinct chapters in Paddy McAloon’s songwriting career.