Nothing But A Good Time

By Justin Quirk

A cultural history of Glam Metal: where it came from, how it defined America in the 1980s and how it all came crashing down.

Friday, 15 March 2019

The (Very) Final Countdown

Hello!

 

Firstly, sincere apologies for the glam metal radio silence. There's been an extremely long haul of crowdfunding over the last few months, but I'm pleased to announce that we are now on the absolutely final leg of the home straight and inside the last £300 of funding on Nothing But A Good Time. That's 20 people pledging on the Patron Paperback and we're good. So, I'm asking if you could do a final post/tweet/share/hassle-of-any-likely-glam-metal-fans you know to get this over the line so I can crack on with the writing. Word of mouth moves the needle more than anything else.

While this has been ongoing, I've been spending the time on research and archive work for the book - last week saw a particularly fine crop of old Kerrang! back issues arriving, which have been an absolute gold mine for detail. The main insight from immersing myself in these old magazines is both how rich and varied the metal landscape was back then, but also how remote most of it was if you lived outside of big cities. The classified ads in particular have been a real insight into this world - people posting just to find someone else to write to about metal, or swap tapes with, or even just tell them an address for a band's fan club, and presumably waiting weeks for a reply. Really is difficult to imagine compared to how immediately accessible everything is now.

So, hopefully the next update I send out will be to announce that crowdfunding soundcheck has closed and the publishing gig is about to start. In the meantime, the collaborative glam metal playlist is continuing to grow - please add anything you think we've missed in here

Thanks again for supporting the project - it's greatly appreciated. 

\m/

 

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