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The explosion in music memoirs offers the opportunity to not only enjoy great stories, but also get some solid analysis of crucial releases and vital moments in music history. This issue of Blitzed takes time to look at several new publications that can cater for a variety of tastes.

This includes Martyn Ware’s new autobiography Electronically Yours. The Human League and Heaven 17 were among some of the most innovative bands of the 1980s, with Ware having played an integral role in each. Getting the inside scoop on this important period of electronic music is an essential read.

Meanwhile, Halo: The Story Behind Depeche Mode’s Classic Album Violator does exactly what it says on the tin. Eventually selling 7.5 million copies following its release in March 1990, Violator gave Depeche Mode the critical acclaim they finally deserved. Authors Kevin May and David McElroy explore this beloved album by speaking to many of the personnel involved.

We also cast an eye on the latter end of the 1980s and into the 1990s with Fingers Crossed, Miki Berenyi’s gripping memoir of life in cult indie pop outfit Lush. At times a tough, harrowing read, this book ultimately delivers an overdue critical analysis of the Britpop era.

Paul Browne / paulbrowne@blitzedmag.com
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