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  • 10/2021
  • 978-1-8381567-1-8 1838156712
  • 454 pages
  • $12.99
Dave Thomson
Author
WOO! Strange Happenings at the Windmill and Other Tangential Rants
Dave Thomson, Author
WOO! (Strange Happenings at the Windmill and Other Tangential Rants)' is a first-person journey into the mosh pits of various London venues and beyond, boomeranging through space, time, gigs, and major life events as Dave Thomson documents a raging culture war against musical mediocrity, political alienation, social cleansing and the brutality of neoliberal economics. He joins the dots and makes the connections, shining a light on how this has fuelled a creative explosion. A gonzo style close orbit around a disparate collective of misfits, who transform into some of the most era defining acts on the live circuit today, including Warmduscher, Goat Girl, Black Midi, Meatraffle and Fat White Family. We see the bands, meet the characters and experience the mayhem in all its pain and glory.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: A gonzo romp through the London outsider music scene, this book blends personal narrative with an exploration of a lesser-known artistic subculture. 

Prose: The book is a sprawling ramble through a music community, written with a frenetic energy to match its subject matter.

Originality: This book is unique, depicting through a personal lens a niche artistic community not widely known outside its own enclave.

Character Development/Execution: The book is long, and readers not already familiar with the bands, venues, and lifestyle depicted may have trouble keeping up. Those that do will discover a rewarding experience with interesting, well-defined characters, and charming narration.

Date Submitted: December 27, 2021

Reviews
Frank Pizzoli (Independent Book Review)

"Only a vibrant cultural scene like the one covered by Thomson can produce such a memorable scene. The book succeeds because Thomson has found a way to tell stories from his recent past with a keen eye on the immediate future. He may not offer answers to our vexing philosophical questions, but he certainly knows how to present the questions in the context of his stories. He wisely leaves the deliberations, and any conclusions reached, to each reader. As we head into a winter of flflu and COVID machinations, Woo! is an excellent curl-up with at night book. You’ll travel shoulder to shoulder with Thomson as he goes to places we’d all enjoy visiting, and as we refifigure our new normal."

Ingred Jenson (Totally Wired Magazine)

"Written with a cutting perceptiveness akin to Hunter S. Thompson, and with Anthony Bourdain’s ability to nose out juicy metaphors and similes, WOO! is a satisfying read. Likethat venerable punk bible, Please KillMe, or Henry Rollins’ hallowed tome, Get in the Van, WOO! is equal parts how-to DIY guide and spiritual helpmeet for the souls of the moshers, the music-addled and the amp-deafened. WOO! is a free-wheeling  gonzo history of the last ten-plus years of south London’s fertile music scene."

Paul Maps (Joyzine)

"Favourite book of 2021: Most of my reading this year was of books released before 2021, though I’d definitely give a shout out to Dave Thomson’s Woo! for an honest and passionately written account of music fandom, which takes its inspiration from nights spent at our favourite South London music venue The Windmill."

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 10/2021
  • 978-1-8381567-1-8 1838156712
  • 454 pages
  • $12.99

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