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The Story of Stiff Records

The Stiff Records Story
The Stiff Records Story

For those wishing to read all about the story of Stiff records, I can recommend the recently published book “The Stiff Records Story” by Richard Balls.

Kirsty with Nigel Dick at Stiff
Kirsty with Nigel Dick at Stiff

There are a couple of pages about Kirsty. Nigel Dick, pictured with Kirsty, contributes quite a bit to the book. Anyone with a passing interest in Stiff, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Jona Lewie, Madness and the mid-late Seventies, early Eighties UK music scene should get the book.

Terry Hurley

Here’s a review in the Irish Times.

She’s Sure Fine Looking, Man …

… she’s something else!

Still from 'Something Else' 1981
Still from ‘Something Else’ 1981

Some fabulous YouTube clips have been uploaded this week, including Kirsty’s first live outing of ‘Mambo de la Luna’ and the legendary ‘Something Else’ 1981 TV clip of ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’, fresh from the joys of the legendary Irish road trip. Brought to you by Ruby Pepper, from the collection of Peter Checksfield.

Kirsty on 'Something Else'
Kirsty on ‘Something Else’ with Lu on guitar

My Kirsty – End of the Fairytale (2014)

Published on 6 November 2014

“The short life and tragic death of Kirsty MacColl – Kirsty MacColl led a dazzling life – tender, creative, heroic and full of love. This book, by her mother Jean MacColl, charts with moving insight Kirsty’s early years, and celebrates her brilliant career at the front rank of the music business in the 1980s and 1990s, with such hits as the Pogues collaboration ‘Fairytale of New York’. It mourns her tragic and untimely death – killed by a speedboat in Mexican waters in December 2000. It also tells, with heartfelt truth, the shocking story of the elaborate cover-up and gross miscarriage of justice that followed and appeals for justice to be done in her name.”

This is a republished version of ‘Sun on the Water’, which was first published in 2008. Highly recommended!