When the punk explosion shook the North East of England in the late 1970s it brought a number of hell-raising characters to the public’s attention. Prominent among these was Decca Wade, original drummer with The Angelic Upstarts, and notorious for his antics on and off stage. This is Decca’s official ‘warts and all’ biography, drawing on dozens of interviews with Decca and those who know him best to chart his upbringing, early career and years of fame and fortune in London, followed by the inevitable slide into drug and alcohol hell (or heaven) and subsequent recovery. Expect tears of laughter and sadness, uncontrollable highs and crushing lows, and a truly captivating thrill ride through the passion and pitfalls of a rock and roll life.
Ronan Fitzsimons was born in 1964 and grew up in the North East of England. He studied at the universities of Sheffield, Nottingham Trent and Manchester, and has had jobs as a translator, football coach, oven-scrubber and cockle salesman. He now works in higher education. His publications include a variety of language-learning books and the official biographies of Decca Wade and of The Toy Dolls.