Chaos, controversy, experimentation, finding one’s self in an endless sea of copycat cookie-cutter molds. The late 70’s ushered in a new era in the world of music. A period in music history that, to this day, thrives upon the rebellion against authority. Refusing to bow down to corporate mandates of how it’s supposed to be done.
And somewhere off the beaten path roamed a 16 year old who was about to take the world and put it exactly where he wanted it to be. Right in the middle of the greatest musical revolution this one 16 year old with a penchant for release decided that Leeds, one of the most influential little spots on the planet, was about to be turned upside down.
The rest is history. All bound up and neatly packaged between the covers of his latest release, “The Black Book (The Life & Crimes of Richard Rouska) by Captain Swing“.
Through the magic of the written word, Rouska takes an entire generational slice of life and reveals what it was like from day one. The day the music world spun 360 degrees off its axis. The day the Rouska Ethic would be born.
With a limited pressing of 250 hand-numbered editions, jam-packed with details, stories, and rarely seen (and some never-seen) photos, the birth of punk-rock, glam, and modernist revival are chronicled by one person who took the bull by the horns during the 80’s upheaval, making his own mark in the history of DIY non-conformist ethics.
Not available in any shops, you’ll have to take a spin by the 1977cc website for all the details, a few tidbits of history, and the golden-ticket order form. It took all of a minute to place my own order and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. It looks to be a great read as I live through what I missed out on the first time around.
Grab your own limited copy, HERE.