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STEPHEN PENNELL  
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KING CITY 

Birmingham has a longstanding tradition of individualism and experimentation, giving rise to a fragmented but innovative culture. This applies to the city's contemporary music scene just as it does to the rest of its cultural heritage, which explains why the Birmingham sound is hard to define. Whereas other cities are known for a certain sound, this city celebrates is diversity. In this new decade, the plethora of exciting indie bands, sick rappers and emotive singer-songwriters are surrounded by a collective of DJs, producers, promoters, venues, bloggers and vloggers who promote them. There's an agglomeration building, coalescing around the Birmingham Music Awards, whose mission is to amplify this uprising to the world. In this book, Stephen Pennell's reviews and musings shine a light on Birmingham's finest up-and-coming performers playing the city's most iconic venues, taking us on a unique journey around Birmingham's music scene.

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WATERSTONES

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GANGSTERS, GEEZERS & MODS 

Steve, Rebecca and Baggy are the products of tough upbringings in the working class inner-city district of Aston, Birmingham, in the late twentieth century. All three set out on a life of crime as teenagers, and although they are often accomplices, there is a rivalry between Steve and Baggy that stems from a minor incident in their youth. Many comical and chaotic adventures follow as they hustle their way through life, participating in the fierce conflict between Aston Villa and Birmingham City fans and interacting with the culture around them. Things become more serious when a legendary local underworld figure enters their lives and changes things forever. When Steve’s relationship with Rebecca ends abruptly, he meets Kerri during a successful con-trick and a whirlwind romance ensues which leads to the moment that every young man dreads - the meeting with his girlfriend’s father. Meanwhile, Baggy embarks on a relationship that adds even more tension to the rivalry between the two men. Steve goes on to great success with the help of a new partner-in-crime, before a chain of increasingly sinister events leads to the return of a figure from the past and a violent, tense finale. Who will come out on top?

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The best thing to come out of Birmingham since Jack Grealish. Highly recommended for lovers of the second city, the Villa, Paul Weller - and anyone who just likes a really well-written book

Richard Whitehead - Former Books Editor - The Times