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The Gospel According To Colin Vearncombe

When I started Alternatives To Valium the idea was that the artists could supply their own material without the interference of a journalist. It quickly became apparent that - as much as they might complain about interviews - musicians weren’t great at interpreting themselves. One of those who tried was the late Colin Vearncombe of Black, who supplied this manifesto. I borrowed part of it for the epigram in my book, Alternatives To Valium: How Punk Rock Saved A Shy Boy’s Little Life: “Write your own bloody Bibles!” 

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