Leeds writer Robert Endeacott’s new book will be music to the ears of fans of one of punk rock’s most enduring bands.
Entitled Peaches, the book charts the story of The Stranglers from way back in 1974 through to the departure of their original singer and guitarist Hugh Cornwell in 1990.
Written in a ‘diary’ format, it aims to offer an accessible read to Stranglers diehards as well as newcomers to legendary tracks such as No More Heroes and Golden Brown.
And its writer today declared himself delighted with the response to his literary love letter to a band he has seen around 50 times since the early 1980s.
Robert, 49, from Beeston, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s had a really good reaction, I’m pleased to say.
“People have definitely been buying it, as it’s made it into Amazon’s top 200 sellers.
“There’s a lot of controversy, a lot of bad language and a lot of violence in there, which makes it a cracking story.
“Most of all, though, it’s a celebration of a fantastic band who deserve more praise than they normally get.”
Robert spent four years writing and researching Peaches, speaking along the way to current Stranglers guitarist Baz Warne as well as associates of people like Cornwell and the group’s drummer Jet Black.
The book also features contributions and anecdotes from fans and a host of rare or previously-unseen photographs of gigs at famous venues such as London’s Roundhouse.
“I’ve already had people telling me I should write a follow-up about the years since 1990,” said Robert.
“I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to do, though – this one’s only just come out!”
Peaches is Robert’s first foray into the world of music writing, with previous books such as After Extra Time (Dirty Leeds Uncut) having woven fictional tales around the factual ups and downs of his beloved Leeds United.
*Peaches is published by Soundcheck Books, priced £14.99 paperback.
For more details, visit the www.soundcheckbooks.co.uk website.
Robert’s book is also available from Waterstone’s stores nationwide.