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Tuesday 18 June 2024

Steve Diggle: Sole Survivor, Singer & Songwriter Of Buzzcocks Is Set To Release Memoir Detailing Band's Rise, Fall, & Rise Again

In recent years Buzzcocks have regularly trod the hallowed boards of Concorde 2, Brighton. With that in mind, it's worth noting that Autonomy – Portrait of a Buzzcock, by Steve Diggle, is set to hit the book shelves in August

Since 2019 Diggle has led Buzzcocks as their sole singer and songwriter, releasing their tenth album Sonics In The Soul in 2022 and accepting Buzzcocks' induction into the Camden Walk of Fame on behalf of all members past and present in 2023.

For the first time since the death of Pete Shelley in 2018, Diggle opens up here about their shared legacy and complex friendship through the band's rise, fall, and rise again. 

From their origins supporting the Sex Pistols in 1976, to the making of their seminal Spiral Scratch EP

From their ascent to Top of the Pops as the 'punk Beatles' with classic singles including Ever Fallen In Love, Everybody's Happy Nowadays, 
Promises and Harmony In My Head (the latter two respectively co-written/written and sung by Diggle), to the excess of success, break-up, reformation and life beyond bereavement. 

More than a first-hand account of one of the best loved and most influential punk groups of all time who inspired everyone from The Smiths to Nirvana, the book is also a rousing portrait of working-class dreams and escape. 

Diggle offers an emotionally vivid description of his upbringing in the Sixties Manchester of the Moors Murderers and George Best, his wayward teens as a scooter mod and a near-fatal car accident that killed his best friend and changed his own path in life.

Diggle reflects: 

"Before I'm Steve Diggle from Buzzcocks, I'm Steve Diggle from Manchester. I grew up in its streets, each like a sculptor's chisel carving me into the person I am, the streets that taught me to see the poetry of life." 

As its knowingly Joycean subtitle alludes, Autonomy traces the making of the artist from young man to punk legend. 

Diggle sums it up: 

"I'm not trying to recreate the past, I'm trying to create the future."

Autonomy – Portrait of a Buzzcock, by Steve Diggle, is published on 22nd August 2024. CLICK HERE to pre-order.

by: Mike Cobley


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