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Mick Fish, "Industrial Evolution Through the Eighties with Cabaret Voltaire"

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Mick Fish, confused that people might want a third edition of 'The Art of the Sixth Sense' wrote this instead. (All the text from the second edition is included in the appendices). It's an interesting, funny and depressing read that follows Mick following the Cabs from the early pre-successful days to the self-destructing, what-are-we-doing-here days of 'Groovy, Laidback and Nasty'. The whole book is about boom and bust: The Cabs' ascendency into the wealthy realm of EMI followed by weak records with no hits; the abusive power of the Unions causing their own demise at Mick's council depot; the boom and bust cycle of capitalism; the explosion and void of the music scene in Sheffield; the rise and fall of Industrial music; and finally Mick (and it seems almost everyone else's) further reliance on booze and drugs with the inevitable crash that that causes. On the lighter side, we get lots of inside information on the Cabs and other bands from Sheffield, all told in Mick's engaging, conversational tone. He doesn't brag and is honest with his opinions about others and himself. If you have any interest in any Sheffield band of the period or Industial music then this book is a must-read. The only down-side to the book is that it reports the truth - at the end of the eighties the Cabs split in all but name, and Mick left his previous life behind: the good times had been over for a while, the bad times had a few more years left in them. Today, Britain still hasn't recovered and the Cabs have failed to reform.

 


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