Prefab Sprout: The Early Years is a book written from the inside world of Prefab Sprout, drawing from the frank, open, surprising, humorous and enlightening memoirs of those working with, supporting and befriending Paddy McAloon since he first picked up a guitar as a lad, starting out his love affair with words, melodies and art.
Although this book cannot be claimed to be an official biography of Paddy McAloon and Prefab Sprout, Paddy and his manager Keith Armstrong graciously opened all the doors for the author’s research that he ever could have hoped for.
The book draws upon a vast array of research materials compiled over a three year period: 64 interviews, 46 hours of audio memoirs, over 150,000 words of written memoirs and testimonials, exclusive studio photography, back stage and on the road photographs, access to hours of rare unpublished demos and songs, and over 12 hours of exclusive, unpublished interviews with Paddy McAloon himself, courtesy of some of Europe’s finest journalists, including the legendary Mat Snow.
Lengthy, honest and insightful interviews with the key players in McAloon’s career… including Kitchenware Records Directors Keith Armstrong and Paul Ludford, the legendary CBS/Sony A&R guru Muff Winwood, Thomas Dolby (the fifth Sprout), Calum Malcolm, friend and Prefab Sprout archivist David Brewis, and Neil Conti… have all made for the most in-depth research on Paddy McAloon and Prefab Sprout to date.
Prefab Sprout: The Early Years breaks down the story of Paddy McAloon’s Prefab Sprout from early on in the band’s conception in autumn 1977, through to their first official album release, Swoon.
Title: Prefab Sprout: The Early Years
Author: John Birch
Publisher: Paper Portal Publishing
Date: 26 August 2017
No. Pages: 230
Size: 155mm x 210mm x 20mm
Images: 40 colour; 24 mono
Fully referenced bibliography and index included
Selling price: £17.50 plus P&P
Prefab Sprout: The Early Years also includes an expansive look at Kitchenware Records and the North East Music Scene between 1977 and 1985.
The book offers a look under the bonnet of Prefab Sprout as Paddy McAloon’s band travels from garage forecourt to pub gigs and onward to BBC Radio One with a little label called Kitchenware.
This book is the first of three, each tracing distinct chapters in Paddy McAloon’s songwriting career.