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Using personal interviews from their hometown of Blackwood and reminiscences of their friends and neighbours rock journalist Mick Middles' biography of The Manic Street Preachers explores their Welsh roots and their progress from local performers to international heroes. With commercial success assured the Manics have sometimes been charged with deserting their punk roots. Middles shows how their background and early anger were worked into their music the result of which was a series of great albums. As he says: 'Few people can touch them and although they have crossed over to the mainstream with their first two albums they are still screaming loudly from their Welsh heart.' Central to the rise of the Manic Street Preachers has been the mysterious disappearance of founder member Richey Edwards whose apparent suicide cast a giant shadow over the band. Middles examines the circumstances of Edwards' fate and the legacy he passed on. This biography fixes the elusive personalities that make up the Manics offering a complete portrait of the most admired band ever to have emerged from Wales. Fully illustrated.

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