Sing When You’re Winning

singwinning (Pluto Press, London and New Hampshire, 1987)

‘This savagely entertaining book…has the feel of catching shifts in style and attitudes as the shifts occur – whether the styles and attitudes are those of the Casuals, who, armed with increasingly sophisticated clothes and weapons, are now, says Redhead, taking not only “ends” but seats in the stands as well (the seats make useful missiles); or whether the attitudes are those of the managers who used to tell their hard men to go in the first 25 seconds for clever wingers, and who now tell them to go for clever blacks. Redhead has a sharp eye for the realities behind the vapid moralisings of TV pundits, sports pages hacks and Thatcher talkalikes’.
Albert Hunt ‘New Society’

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The End-of-the-Century Party

‘the most incisive attempt yet to put acid house into a socio-political context’
‘i-D magazine’

‘Madchester! Britain’s Feel Good Music Movement’
Jennifer Foote ‘Newsweek’


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Football With Attitude

footballattitude (Wordsmith, Manchester, 1991)

‘a book which plots the parallel story of football, fashion and pop music. The book’s main theme is that football is not only a sport, consumer product and political issue but is also a lifestyle’
Sarah Champion ‘The Guardian’

‘Redhead’s book examines what he calls soccer fandom as pop culture. He argues that mellowness not violence now reigns on the terraces. I believe he is right’.
David Meek ‘Manchester Evening News’


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The Passion and the Fashion

passionfashion (Avebury, Aldershot and Brookfield, Vermont, 1993)
edited by Steve Redhead.

‘The changes in international football fan culture and the wider shifts in society that they mirror form the basis for this innovative book, mixing academic research with current happenings on and off the pitch’
‘Pulp Magazine’

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Rave Off

raveoff(Avebury, Aldershot and Brookfield, Vermont, 1993, reprinted in 1995)
edited by Steve Redhead.

‘The book occasioning the British Library’s legitimisation of Rave Culture as a subject heading is Rave Off’
‘British Library Press Information’

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Unpopular Cultures

unpopular (Manchester University Press, Manchester and New York, 1995)

Unpopular Cultures is a surprising book. It is the first attempt to articulate the intersection of law and popular culture…it is vibrant, subversive, erratic – exactly like the culture it maps – and reading it is an experience in itself..having now put the field on the map…we look forward to more in-depth studies from this high priest of legal pop.’
David Howes ‘Canadian Journal of Law and Society’

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Post-Fandom And The Millennial Blues

postfandom(Routledge, London and New York, 1997)

‘The book tells a new, accessible story of the ‘disappearance’ of soccer hooliganism as a social problem into a burgeoning pop culture of accelerated youth styles, literature and post-fandom’.
Routledge publicity

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The Clubcultures Reader

clubcultures(edited by Steve Redhead, with Derek Wynne and Justin O’Connor)

‘An excellent wide-ranging and thought-provoking collection. It genuinely breaks new ground, is much more up to date than anything else in the field, and strikes a very good balance between descriptive and theoretical material. The case studies are fascinating and sophisticated’
John Jervis, University of Kent

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Subculture to Clubcultures

clubsubcult(Blackwell, Oxford and Cambridge, Mass., 1997,
Golden Bough Publishing, Seoul, Korea, 1999)

‘This book is a lucid account which manages to convey a sense of having actually been there’.
British Sociological Association Network

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Repetitive Beat Generation

repetitive(Rebel Inc/Canongate, Edinburgh, 2000)

“a provocative, and funny look at an important turning point in modern literature. Just when you thought DIY was DOA. Don’t miss.” iD

“With intriguing insights…Redhead’s collection is a think tank of opinion on the importance of culture and music in modern, alternative writing.” The Latest

“fantastic…interviews that both entertain and stimulate.” The Crack

“a thought-provoking read…gems” The Face

“an academic work with bolt-on extras, but often offering intriguing fare” Select

“It all fits perfectly.” The Herald

“The authors who most significantly influenced the literature of the 1990s took their inspiration as much from pop music and pop culture as from any literary tradition…their views on the cultures which spawned their work cannot fail to interest.” The Big Issue

“It’s an energising collection with a real sense of its time, of being at the heart of a scene grounded in the real world.” Independent on Sunday

“Redhead’s gentle interviewing technique proves to be a winner: he manages to unearth information more aggressive hacks could not. It is engrossing to read Warner and Welsh’s confessions…and it is amusing to discover that Roddy Doyle is supporting a Belgian opera based on The Commitments.” The Times

“A series of compelling and right on interviews…Your parents won’t like it.” Buzz

“a much needed survey…Inevitably, a survey as ambitious as this is bound to find itself spilling over the edges in these 14 accounts which give the Repetitive Beat Generation its fascination and, indirectly, its best qualification to stand as an accurate group portrait. You feel that the individual writers, even when united by friendship or by the experience of reading tours, are only glancingly interested in any notion of a collective sensibility. With regard to writers in general, that is pretty much business as usual.” Michael Bracewell The Independent

“lively and engaging” Jockey Slut


Canongate Synopsis

Steve Redhead has collected together a series of compelling and illuminating interviews he has conducted with some of the most influential and popular young writers who have emerged in the Nineties.

The common denominator here is that all the writers are inspired as much by music and popular culture as by literature. The interviews reveal the deep influence that music — particularly rave and dance culture, but also the earlier ethos of punk rock — has had on many of these writers.

Redhead probes beneath the surface of this end-of-the-century cultural cross-fertilisation and gives a unique insight into the writers that he has dubbed “the repetitive beat generation”.

Repetitive Beat Generation contains interviews with exciting and influential big-name Nineties authors such as Irvine Welsh, Roddy Doyle, Alan Warner, John King, Jeff Noon, Nicholas Blincoe, Kevin Williamson, Gordon Legge, Emer Martin, Sarah Champion, Elaine Palmer, Toni Davidson, Duncan McLean, and Mike McCormack.

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