For a brief period in the 1990s, Mark Badgeman booked some of the biggest and best names in indie and rock to play the back room of a flat-roofed Kidderminster biker bar that had actual cows looking at you when you went to the toilet.
Hilarious, heart-warming and packed with photos, merchandise and memories from the fans and bands that played there, this full-colour, 200 page book tells the tale of The Market Tavern, Kidderminster's very-own CBGB's, in all its grisly glory.
From the terrifying crush at Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine to the embarrassing hush of just 123 people watching Radiohead, it's all here: motorbikes on the dance floor, a human sausage roll, the man who tried to steal Frank Sidebottom's head...
The book features bands big and small: Slowdive, Sebadoh, Radiohead, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Chumbawamba, Cardiacs, The Selecter, Fretblanket, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Wedding Present, Extreme Noise Terror, Autechre, The God Machine, Midway Still, Senseless Things, Carter USM, The Primitives, Adorable and hundreds more.
This is the ultimate (and let's be honest, only) history of this sort of iconic, totally chaotic and definitely unhygienic West Midlands music venue as told by the people that were there.
Now available until Dec 31st 2020.
***PLEASE NOTE. BOOKS WILL BEGIN DESPATCH IN NOVEMBER***
Includes unlimited streaming of Cattle And Hum via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Market Tavern Book Kidderminster, UK
Mark Badgeman managed to carve out a career in the music industry, starting with promoting bands at the Market Tavern. There'll never be another place like that again so he's written a book about it!
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