‘House Of Fun: The Story Of Madness’ received a brilliant 4 star lead review in the latest issue of MOJO. The biography, published this November by Omnibus Press, is already considered the definitive book on the band. MOJO says: “This is the first in-depth biography of the band. Now, finally, the band behind it have got the book they deserve”.
For too long these colourful characters from Madness have somehow been misunderstood. ‘House Of Fun’ sets out to reappraise an outfit who’ve never been accorded the respect they deserve in this definitive 500 page bumper biography, which also features three unique sections packed with pictures of the band.
From the bands roots in north London, through their emergence as part of 2-Tone and onto the late 80s fall of Madness and subsequent rise via the Madstock festivals, ‘House of Fun’ celebrates a very British musical phenomenon.
Like most bands Madness had their trials and tribulations including band disputes, accusations of racism and an eventual split. But by then they had become a unique part of British pop history. John Reed tells their colourful story with a perceptive industry eye and the help of insights from many insiders and colleagues of the band.
Madness were true originals who mixed ska and reggae rhythms with social comment and music hall humour to become a British group like no other.
About the author: John Reed wrote for Record Collector magazine before working in the record industry. He is also the author of the best-selling Paul Weller biography, My Ever Changing Moods.
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