Ruth and Martin's Album Club

By Martin Fitzgerald

The official book of the acclaimed music blog where guests listen to great albums for the first time

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Publication date: September 2017

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Two tickets to a playback and book launch party with music from across the albums featured in the book (London based), plus a signed special edition hardback and ebook edition
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Personalised Edition

Tell us your favourite song of all time and Martin Fitzgerald will review that song using his own actual handwriting on the inside cover of the book. The song will then receive it's own "RAM Rating" and the whole thing will be dedicated to you. Plus two tickets to the launch party, signed first edition of the hardback plus the ebook
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Be A Guest

You get to become a guest on Ruth and Martin's Album Club where they'll make you listen to a great album you've never heard before, plus your name in the front of the book, two tickets to the launch party, signed first edition of the hardback plus the ebook

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Firstly, a HUGE thanks to our friends Neil and John for making that promotional video and allowing their heads to float around in a jukebox like that.

Now on to the serious business.

What on earth is Ruth and Martin Album's Album Club when it's at home?

Let me explain. 

In December 2014, Ruth and I took our dogs for a walk and she came up with an idea.

It was really simple – we would make people listen to a great album they’ve never heard before, at least 3 times, and then ask them to review it. 

That was it.

It was the best idea Ruth ever had and, because she's not stupid, she then decided I was going to do all the work whilst she mostly drank gin and listened to Bruce Springsteen.

So I went home and, about 23 minutes later, we had an online blog which we imaginatively called Ruth and Martin's Album Club. We then started to get some guests, and the requisite social media accounts you need these days, and the whole thing became quite popular. Adam Buxton, Tracey Thorn, Ian Rankin, Martin Carr, Stewart Lee, Bonnie Greer, and Nigel Blackwell from Half Man Half Biscuit were just some of the people that allowed us to force albums on them.

Each edition follows the same format -

1) An introduction to the album written by yours truly.

2) The guest's explanation of why they've never bothered with the album.

3) The guest's review after we made them listen to it 3 times.

The book version of this thing will be a compilation of some of our greatest hits (we haven't decided which ones yet) and a few exclusive new ones that have never appeared anywhere before.

Finally, here's some nice things that we made people say about us -

“I grew bored of music criticism a long time ago because the writer has been taken out of it and most read like glorified artist biogs. Ruth and Martin's Album Club works on a more personal, human level and has become my favourite music website" -  Martin Carr, Pop Star. 

"I love Ruth and Martin's Album Club. Classic albums (and oddities) given a fresh hearing, and Martin's capsule reviews remain the best in the business. The man knows his stuff - heck, he even found an album *I'd* never heard" -  Ian Rankin, Author

“Have you discovered Ruth and Martin’s Album Club yet? It’s just brilliantly written, now want to listen to all the great music" -  Dara O’Briain, Comedian.

"Ruth and Martin's Album Club is like a much better, reverse version of the Britannia Music Club - just one person gets the album against their will, but it's everyone who ends up buying it. Persuasive and essential." -  Liz Buckley, Record Company Big Wig.

"Music geek paradise. Like the chat you have in the pub after the gig, with the shamanistic roadie who has seen it all. But, unlike that guy, these guys care what YOU think, and don't nick all your fags." - Hugo Rifkind, Journalist.

"If it hadn't been for Ruth and Martin's Album Club, I'd never have known quite how much I dislike the music of Joni Mitchell." - Euan McColm, Journalist and previous guest 






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    Martin Fitzgerald

    Martin Fitzgerald has spent about 38% of his life daydreaming about music whilst trying to hold down a job. Ruth Lockwood is his friend. She loves Bruce Springsteen, has never been in a bad mood in her life, and comes up with great ideas on dog walks. They both currently live in Nottingham.

  • Week 51 - Ram by Paul McCartney

    Guest listener - Martin Carr

    Who’s Martin Carr when he’s at home?

    Daydreamer. Writes songs but has still to write a really good one, tick tock tick tock.

    Martin’s Top 3 albums ever?

    Gza - Liquid Swords

    The Aggrovators - Johnny In The Echo Chamber

    The Violent Femmes - The Violent Femmes

    What great album has he never heard before?

    Ram by Paul McCartney

    Released in May 1971

    Before we get to Martin, here’s what Martin of Ruth and Martin’s Album Club thinks of Ram

    It’s September 1969 and McCartney tries to cajole them into one last hurrah.

    He suggests a tour of small clubs, their first live dates since 1966, in the hope they’ll rediscover their confidence and reignite their spark. He even floats the idea of a pseudonym, that they could turn up unannounced and play under the worst name ever - Rikki and The Redstreaks.

    It’s unclear who was down to play the part of Rikki.

    Lennon looks at him like he’s mad.

    “I think you’re daft”, he says, “I’m leaving the group. I want a divorce"

    And that was that - the beginning of the end for The Beatles.

    They’d played over 800 hours in Hamburg, 292 times at the Cavern, and recorded 13 albums in 7 years - the majority of which took place in just one room. One room that saw virtually everything from Please Please Me to Abbey Road - with barely a pause in between.

    But now it was over. Lennon had his own Plastic Ono Band to get on with and McCartney had been spat out of the whirlwind. Remarkably, he was only 27 when it happened - The Beatles done and dusted and he’s not even technically in his late twenties yet.

    It’s worth noting that for all the documentation and analysis of this part of McCartney’s life, that his perspective is entirely different - completely unique. He was the other side of the lens, living the life that was being captured and all the bits in between that weren’t. By all accounts his memory of these years is sketchy, his knowledge lacking compared to the fans that have pored over the record since - his own recollection different to the snapshots or lost in the living.

    I once read an interview with him where he was asked about meeting Muhammad Ali and the famous photo where Ali appears to knock out The Beatles. McCartney couldn’t even remember it and the interviewer had to show him the photo as evidence that it happened.

    As I said, a whirlwind life up to this point - so much so that he kind of forgot the time he had a bit of a laugh with Muhammad Ali.

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    5th March 2018 Glasgow Event!

    Hi Everyone 

    Hope you're all well 

    Just a very quick note to say we're doing an event in Glasgow on March 22nd as part of something called The Aye Write Festival. 

    I'll be joined by former guest Chris Deerin who once described Roger Daltrey as a "loss to bricklaying".

    Tickets are available here 

    Hope to see you there





    7th November 2017 Christmas Presents

    Hiya Everyone

    Hope you're all keeping well. 

    Now then, how often do get to buy someone a book for Christmas with YOUR name in it?

    Also, wouldn't it be good if, other than your name, there was some way of me personalising the book and writing a special message in it to whoever is receiving it for Christmas.

    Imagine their little (or big) faces on Christmas Day! 

    For details of how to…

    7th September 2017 Thank You and one last favour

    Hi Everyone

    You should all have recieved a copy of our book by now - some of you may have even read it. 

    So firstly, a huge thanks to all 934 of you that pledged to make it happen. You're welcome to come round anytime and have a cup of tea on me, just not all at once - I don't have that much room, or milk. 

    Organise it amongst yourselves, elect a leader or something, someone's who's good…

    1st May 2017 Book Preview

    Hi Everyone,

    You might remember pledging to support a book about people listening to albums for the first time. It would have been some time after the Normans invaded us, but when we were still a part of Europe and America hadn't elected a man who talks like Jimmy Two Times from Goodfellas.

    Anyway that book, the one you pledged for ages ago, is due to be released this September. 

    I know,…

    25th August 2016 End of Summer Blog post

    Hi Everyone,

    Hope you've had a good summer and won lots of medals.

    Just a quick note from us to let you know we've just done a podcast with the comedian Michael Legge. We discussed how the album club was formed, what album inspired it,and what, if anything, we were trying to achieve with the whole enterprise.

    If that isn't enough for you (it is) we also talked about Marillion for a bit.

    6th July 2016 A long overdue update

    So, you're probably all wondering where that book is that you pledged for some months ago.

    Well, now that our weekly editions are over, I can announce that books should (hopefully) be with you around October 2017.

    I can also announce that each chapter will be illustrated and, from what I've seen so far, I can safely say these will be the best thing in the book.

    I can further announce there…

    23rd February 2016 The Shed

    Apparently, it isn't a real shed.

    I know, I'm gutted too because I thought I was getting some free garden equipment out of this.

    No, instead it's virtual. You're supposed to imagine me writing in the shed and occasionally updating you on this book project - something I will attempt to do in the upcoming weeks and months.

    Still wish it was an actual shed to be honest.




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  • Neil Cadman
    Neil Cadman asked:

    Hi. Quick question, with the launch party reward it mentions a special paperback edition rather than the hardback. Most other rewards mention a hardback edition. Paperback is correct? How much are you trying to raise? I will definitely pledge but look forward to hearing from you. Thanks Neil (Cadman)

    Unbound replied:

    Hi Neil, Sorry for the confusion. Everyone who pledges for a copy of the printed book will get the same edition. At the moment we are looking into a really cool flexi-cover which is sort of halfway between a hardback and a paperback but more on that in the shed, I suspect, as we get closer to production. Thanks, Scott @ Unbound

    Anna Griffin
    Anna Griffin asked:

    Hey, what a great idea! How much do you need to raise to get the book published? x

    Martin Fitzgerald
    Martin Fitzgerald replied:

    Hi Anna, Hope you're well We just need to get it to 100% funded Thanks Ruth and Martin xx

    Enda O Gara
    Enda O Gara asked:

    So pleased, you've passed 100 per cent mark, really looking forward to the finished book. Have you ever reviewed anything by The Beastie Boys?

    Martin Fitzgerald
    Martin Fitzgerald replied:

    We haven't yet, no. We've offered them to a few people but so far no one has bitten

    Sean Harrison
    Sean Harrison asked:

    Hi, Any idea of a publication date yet? Before or not before Christmas is precise enough. Cheers, Sean

    Martin Fitzgerald
    Martin Fitzgerald replied:

    Hi Sean It won't be before Christmas i'm afraid. As soon as i know anything more concrete i'll post a likely date. Many thanks Martin

    Sean Harrison
    Sean Harrison asked:

    Hi, I hope I'm not repeating myself but this didn't seem to work yesterday. Is there a publication date yet please? Before Christmas or not is all I really want to know. Cheers, Sean

    Martin Fitzgerald
    Martin Fitzgerald replied:

    Hi Sean, It won't be before Christmas i'm afraid. As soon as i know anything more concrete i'll post a likely date. Many thanks Martin

    Nic Bullen
    Nic Bullen asked:

    What shall I do about a change of address? I'll be moving in August but not sure where to.

    Unbound replied:

    Hi Nic, Thanks for getting in touch. We send a message before dispatching the books, asking supporters to confirm or change their address, so if you don't have a new address yet you can wait until then to change this. If you want to change the address before then, please see this help article: Best wishes, Unbound Support