I Heard The Strokes Before You
Notes from the unremembered 00s Indie scene.
Bumping into Amy Winehouse, The Cribs, The Libertines, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, The Horrors and Erol Alkan in the centre of the 00s Indie Scene. Dorian was there, down back alleyways in East London with famous rock stars' daughters, getting taxis across town with The Klaxons, taking drugs at Camden Barfly, flying back to Cologne to look for a pair of winkle pickers in a dressing room and waiting until Tuesday to read about what he’d been up to in the NME. After flying back from LA and collapsing in a hotel room, Dorian joined the 27 Club for a few minutes, before coming back to the real world. With a bouquet of flowers sent by Duran Duran. Here he trawls his diaries to bring you the unvarnished stories from the heart of the Indie scene. A cross between The Dirt by Motley Crue and The Kenneth Williams Diaries.
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"A giddy, chaotic and moving book about a great group in a terrible time - a must for anyone who ever cried into their eyeliner listening to Dusty Springfield at 4am after a night out at Trash." ~ Owen Hatherley, author of "The Ministry Of Nostalgia" (Verso, 2016)
'If you’re part of that secret tribe of freaks who have a favourite Smith’s b-side and a favourite Pulp a-side you can’t miss this book. As razor-sharp as one of Jarvis Cocker’s nineties suits and as bitchy as a Luke Haines memoir this is a witty, brilliant, gonzo story of stylophones, debauchery and trebles for £2.50 at Trash on Monday nights, from the poison pen of noughties rock royalty. You can almost taste the ulcers.' ~ Guy Mankowski, author of "Albion's Secret History: Snapshots Of England's Pop Rebels And Outsiders" (Zer0, 2021)
"Dorian Cox is among the last of the Great British Eccentrics, a curious and rare treasure from a music scene he recalls with vivid scorn and celebration. This is a story, a tale of daring, defiance and determination to not fit in." ~ Paul Sng, Director, "Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliche"
"From toilet circuit to red carpet, Dorian charts the rapid rise and sudden demise of The Long Blondes with breathless, breakneck pose and a relish for the absurd. Join the finest songwriter of the 21st century for one very wild ride." ~ Jamie Manners, author of "The Seven Noses Of Soho" (Micheal O'Mara, 2015)