This really is the story of Stephen Williams, a working class kid from Dagenham who happened to become the singer in one of the Britain’s most important punk bands. The Story of how Steve first met Penny and the Dial house people has been told many time before, but the reasons of why such a bond grew between them has been lost in the Chinese whispers since the band demise in 1984.
The book is the tale of love affairs, the love of life, of friendship, the love of music and the love of people and like all love affaires they can let you down, which is the story of Steve’s life, and a refreshing read it is too, not glossed over but told in a straight and honest way.
Steve talks through his youth, then through the Crass and post Crass years and the emotional straight jacket the Crass has become to him and how it took time to be comfortable about Crass and its legacy.
I love some of the stories about kipping down in some hideous places in around Europe with no beds or toilets, took me back to my youth :).
Go buy this book, even of your not a Crass fan, a great read.