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Whippings & Apologies: The Book

Between 1981 and 1986 Whippings & Apologies reviewed and interviewed dozens of bands including the first ever interviews with the Sisters of Mercy and Soft Cell.  They were right there on the front line when it mattered.  

Fanzines were part of the glue/scissors/paper that held post-punk together, and Whippings & Apologies was a handmade cut above.

Rosie Garland, The March Violets

"It was essential reading if you were remotely indie, goth or alternative in Leeds in the 1980s.  I think the first thing I ever had published was a letter in Whippings & Apologies."

Dave Simpson,

Music Critic, The Guardian

All eleven issues of Whippings & Apologies have been reproduced, including the first ever interviews Soft Cell and The Sisters of Mercy ever gave.  We've added in new material from some of the musicians we interviewed back then with their memories of the 80s. 

Anyone with even a passing interest in the alternative music scenes of the 1980s is going to enjoy this book, but if you were in Yorkshire at the time, it's a must!