Arguably the biggest British rock band in the world, and yet only RC contributor Mr Myers has thought to write it all down. A definitive work, then, and Ben’s certainly the right man for the job, having followed the band right through their career from the first promos. He’s interviewed them countless times and watched their live show expand from extremely competent beginnings to rock god level (Muse sold out the new Wembley Stadium two nights running earlier this year). Unofficial and unauthorised it may be, but there’s nothing lacking in the research.
Already a fascinating story – playing to their mates in Teignmouth one day; hanging with Rick Rubin and George Drakoulias the next – it’s the minute details that elevate this book above average: Chris’s mum’s delight when he rehearsed with Status Quo; the description on local website, www.knowhere.co.uk, of Teignmouth’s best music venue as “somebody’s car stereo, in the car park”; the band’s fall-out with the Mayor and fall-off of a cliff (Matt on magic mushrooms), and Pete Steele from Type O Negative stating in Kerrang!, “When I listen to his voice I feel like someone is tickling my penis with a feather.” Far more entertaining than lists of gigs and guitar chords.