Saturday March 28, 2020

A new tone of music memoir

Music; Teenage Kicks – My Life as an Undertone; By Mickey Bradley; Omnibus, £13.50

3rd April, 2016
The Undertones in 1981, from left: Billy Doherty; Damian O’Neill; John O’Neill; Feargal Sharkey and Michael Bradley Picture: Getty

If you’re looking for a warts-and-all, in-depth, diligent diary-driven overview of the band’s glorious late-1970s/early 1980s heyday – and Bradley’s time in it – then you are strongly advised to move on.

If, on the other hand, you hanker for a personalised account which evokes a time and place that is now virtually non-existent, then Teenage Kicks hits the spot.

“In Derry, we never bought sandwiches,” recalls...

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