Sick on You

  • by Andrew Matheson
  • Narrated by Andrew Matheson
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mojo Magazine's book of the year.
The Hollywood Brats are the greatest band you've never heard of. Recording one near-perfect punk album in 1974, they were tragically ahead of their time.
With only a guitar, a tatty copy of Melody Maker and his template for the perfect band, Andrew Matheson set out, in 1971, to make musical history. His band, The Hollywood Brats, were prepunk prophets - uncompromising, ultrathin, wild, untamable and outrageous. But thrown into the crazy world of the 1970s London music scene, the Brats ultimately fell afoul of the crooks and heavies that ran it and an industry that just wasn't ready for them.
Directly inspiring the London SS, the Clash, Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols, The Hollywood Brats imploded too soon to share the glory. Punk's answer to Withnail and I, Sick on You is a startling, funny and brilliantly entertaining period memoir about never quite achieving success, despite flying so close to greatness.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


I must confess I had never heard of The Hollywood Brats and got this audiobook for its title and because I am a big fan of punk rock in the mid/late 70's and like finding out about how punk started.
This book is absolutely brilliant from start to finish, it has you cringing, laughing and most of all glued to the storyline.
Since listening to it I have been on YouTube and listened to some of the music, it's pretty good.
Also I have Some of The Boys early stuff and didn't realise "Sick on you" was a Brats song until near the end of book.
One of my favourite bits was when A couple of The Brats met Malcolm McClaren, Vivien Westwood and the early Sex Pistols along with Mick Jones and Tony James. Andrew Matheson's account of this time and hanging out with the London SS for a brief spell was absolutely hilarious.
The Hollywood Brats missed so many opportunities due to their disregard for anything and everything, they had the punk attitude that's for sure.
Thank you Andrew for sharing this experience, it was absolutely fantastic to listen to.
Read full review

- Mr C.

Sick of It !

Actually , this is quite brilliant.

Nearly lost interest towards the beginning when we had some detail about musical instruments etc - I am not really excited by different types of guitar .

However, this is fabulously written - very poetic in places but rarely overdone. And the delivery,by the front man of the band itself, is exactly what you'd expect of someone who was clearly born to perform.

All in all, an uproarious adventure that I will long remember.
Read full review

- cduck

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-07-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks