I have a book on The Only Ones coming out on April 1st (Press Release follows)
Their guitarist John Perry wrote the definitive analysis of Exiles On Main Street
You can pre-order the book now from Rough Trade (signed copies), Amazon UK or The Book Depository - Amazon also have a Kindle version
And next month Record Collector magazine will run an extract from the book as a four page article on the writing and recording of the immortal Another Girl, Another Planet
More here [onlyrockandroll.london
New Book: “It’s The Truth – Making The Only Ones” by Simon Wright
The Only Ones were the most important band to emerge in 1977, artistically if not commercially. Their eponymous first LP presents a wonderful sense of possibilities and excitement, of a band standing on the verge of something fantastic. And the presence of Another Girl, Another Planet – ‘arguably the best rock single ever recorded’ according to Allmusic.com – illustrates how not being a hit can extend the shelf life of a song.
Working from new interviews with the band members, Simon Wright documents the formation and early days of this enigmatic group and explains why they never achieved the massive success they deserved. Illustrated with previously unseen photographs, it’s an account of how four musicians from very different backgrounds made an exhilarating LP which grafted punk attitude onto rock ‘n’ roll rootstock. Odds-on that your favourite musician has this LP in their collection: read this book to find out why.
Simon Wright on 07957 144073 or email@example.com
Format: Paperback, 139 pages, 45 illustrations
Publication Date: April 1st 2023
Publisher: Shakspeare Editorial
Quotes from the band about It’s The Truth
'The long summer of 1976 and the drearier winter of 1977 went past in a flash as we rehearsed the songs and organised the band. Within seven days of meeting Alan Mair we were in the studio, putting down tracks that still sound good today. Simon's book is a tour d'horizon of a fascinating time in London and the Only Ones place in it.' John Perry
‘A fascinating look at how The Only Ones got together and in-depth account of recording our first album. Exciting times!’ Alan Mair
‘The best (only?) account of how we formed The Only Ones and recorded our debut LP. Highly recommended.’ Peter Perrett
Biography of Simon Wright
Simon Wright has been a secret punk rocker since 1975 when he was knocked sideways by an early Sex Pistols gig. By day a successful consultant working with sustainable food and drink (and chocolate), by night he is a prolific blogger and vinyl fiend. His previous two books were academic textbooks on the manufacturing and marketing of organic and Fairtrade food and drink. He lives in Wandsworth, where he is part of an urban cider collective.