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1-2 CUT YOUR HAIR – THE STORY OF JOHNNY MOPED

Damaged Goods Books



paperback book

Released: 25th Aug 2022

£14.99


Johnny Moped – The man, the band, the punk myth, the none-hit-wonder, the absent singer, the comeback (and back, and back again) king.

Five decades of heroic eccentricity, elusive musicality and accidentally saving The Electric Light Orchestra. This story has it all and so much more. Featuring brand new interviews with Dave Berk, Slimy Toad, Xerxes and Johnny himself, plus exclusive insights from Captain Sensible, Marco Pirroni and a litany of old school expert fans and perturbed modern Moped riders, this is the only book you will ever need to read about one of the alltime great misunderstood and frequently mislaid rock ‘n’ roll troopers. Formed in Croydon in May 1974, the band were a proto-punk band, initially calling themselves Johnny Moped and the 5 Arrogant Superstars before reverting to just Johnny Moped by January 1975. They became one of the pioneering punk bands that played at London's legendary Roxy Club. Their track ‘Hard Lovin’ Man’ appeared on the hit various artists album Live at the Roxy WC2 (1977). The band went on to sign with Chiswick Records and released three singles and one album, Cycledelic, before splitting up. A low-key reunion album (The Search For Xerxes) came out in 1991. Sixteen years after its release Cycledelic was listed as one of the best fifty punk albums of all-time by The Guinness Encyclopaedia of Popular Music.

1-2 CUT YOUR HAIR – THE STORY OF JOHNNY MOPED