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So It Started There: From Punk to Pulp by Nick Banks

So It Started There: From Punk to Pulp by Nick Banks

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Featuring an introduction by Richard Hawley.

'A unique, clear-eyed take on the Britpop boom’ The Telegraph

So It Started There chronicles the life and career of drummer Nick Banks, and how he came to be in one of the UK’s most iconic and beloved bands: Pulp. 

Beginning with his childhood in Rotherham, Nick recounts his personal and musical journey through the genres, first as a punk, then as a goth; how it all started when he was first inspired to pick up the sticks by Sex Pistols drummer, Paul Cook.

Flash forward to the eighties, Nick has been playing in a handful of Sheffield groups and spies an ad from his favourite band, Pulp, in a local club. He pays Jarvis and the gang a visit and the rest is history.

From there, Nick describes his growth as a professional drummer and musician, the trials and tribulations of chasing success in the music industry, touring triumphs and horrors, the band’s journey from relative obscurity to becoming a global sensation, and the process of writing and recording their most famous albums.

Written with warmth, humour and inimitable northern charm, Nick tells all. And with it, tells the story of a band that defined a generation.

'Warm and witty... There's tons of detail for fans to thrill over, some cracking anecdotes, woven together to give a reassuring sense of a man who took it all in his stride and loved almost every minute of it' Record Collector

'Told in a wonderful, personable style exuding northern charm and wide eyed wonder... an entertaining insight into a truly unique band' 4**** Classic Pop

'Until Cocker writes his own Pulp history, this is the definitive version' MOJO

‘Nick Banks is the time-keeper of Pulp, and within these covers are the early times, the good times, the not-so-good times and the WTF times. Do You Remember the First Time? Nick does. Great stuff.’ Jarvis Cocker


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