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In Pecking Order (Book Review)
Released: 2014, Independent
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
IN PECKING ORDER is Chris Pike’s second book on the band Budgie. I was turned onto Chris’ book by fellow writer Martin Popoff. Chris’ first book on the band covered the period of time surrounding the UK group’s first three albums. This one continue’s on from there right up to the end of the decade.
It has taken me an extraordinary amount of time to read and review both Budgie books but that is no fault of the Author or his writings. Both books are very informative and dive deep into detail that most books would skim past. The wealth of information contained in Chris’ books is for the true fan of the band. For an individual such as myself it is a bit overwhelming at times. I personally am just discovering the Budgie catalog and these writings have helped me in gaining a new respect for the band. Like many we only knew of Budgie through their association with Metallica in the late 80’s and that was it. After checking out a “Best Of” I began to dive deeper and then through a discussion with Martin I was directed to Chris. Similar to Popoff’s books, these by Pike are very descriptive to near text book detail yet maintain the readers interest. The interviews with band members and their recollections of events and those that were there at the time that shed an outside light on the inner workings is fascination for us music fans. All intertwined with photos on glossy pages.
Pike is currently working on a third volume to chronicle the 80’s onward. Hopefully it will see the light in time for Xmas or early in the new year. Looking forward to more of Chris’ in-depth writings on this highly underrated band.
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