Arctic Monkeys: What People Say They Are... They're Not

Arctic Monkeys: What People Say They Are... They're Not

by Ben Osborne


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Coming ten years after the group's first appearance, Whatever People Say They Are... That's What They're Not is the first comprehensive biography of Arctic Monkeys, the greatest British group of the internet age.

It’s the story of a talented group of hip-hop loving school friends from Sheffield who entered the music scene just in time to become the first band to be propelled to stardom by online community groups. They qualified as the fastest-selling British group ever, with all four of their albums going straight to Number One.

Ben Osborne’s biography charts the band’s early years in the suburbs and their fast-track success as Arctic Monkeys. He identifies the sometimes overlooked people who helped shape the band’s music and career – a career which hit a high point with a performance to an audience of over 27 million at the 2012 Olympics.

Ben Osborne is a writer, DJ, musician and founder of the Noise of Art art collective. He has presented an electronic music show on Xfm, was one of the original presenters on NME Radio and has written for The Guardian and The Times amongst others titles. He is the author of The A-Z of Club Culture, a critically acclaimed book about electronic music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780386690
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 673,560
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Veteran writer, musician, club and radio DJ and music journalist, Ben Osborne was one of the original radio presenters for London's XFM.  He has written extensively for The Guardian, Music Week, DJ Magazine and contributed to The Times, independent on Sunday and many other publications.

Table of Contents

Prelude: Potion Approaching 9

1 The View From The Afternoon 11

2 Little Monkeys From The Suburbs 17

3 Here's Three Chords - Now Form A Band 23

4 Forged In Sheffield 29

5 What's In A Name? 35

6 Under New Management 42

7 The 2Fly Recordings 48

8 Beneath The Boardwalk 51

9 Walking With Wildlife 58

10 Bang Bang Bingo 62

11 Five Minutes With Arctic Monkeys 68

12 The Domino Effect 76

13 Astoria 81

14 I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor 89

15 Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not 97

16 Monkeys For Sale 106

17 Riding The New Musical Express 111

18 A Certain Romance 115

19 Tales Of San Francisco 119

20 South By South West 123

21 Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? 127

22 Despair In The Departure Lounge 133

23 Reading Reloaded 139

24 Favourite Worst Nightmare 144

25 Love Is A Laserquest 149

26 On The Road 153

27 Baby I'm Yours: When Alexa Met Alex 160

28 Splendour In The Grass 163

29 Mercury Revising 166

30 Teddy Picker And The Death Ramps 170

31 Brits And Brats 173

32 LIVE At The Apollo! 179

33 Crying Lightning 185

34 My Propeller In The Albert Hall 191

35 Suck It And See 195

36 Got Their Mojo Workin' 208

37 The Hellcat Spangled In The London Riots 214

38 Back In The USA 219

39 Lost New Year 222

40 Black Treacle 228

41 Olympic Monkeys 236

42 The Secret Door 239

43 When The Sun Goes Down 242

Discography 247

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