Liverpool’s dynamic music scene gave the world The Beatles. What city could hope to follow that? But 12 years later, in 1974, lightning nearly struck twice. Deaf School were a band formed in John Lennon’s old art college, rehearsing in the very same rooms. With their chaotic and wildly entertaining brand of rock cabaret, Deaf School were tipped for instant stardom and signed up by Warner Brothers in California. But suddenly, with the world at their feet, Deaf School were swept aside by Britain’s punk rock revolution. “A great band,” said the Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren. “But it’s just as bad being too early as too late.” Though their hopes were dashed the band has never surrendered. And 40 years on, Deaf School’s influence is acknowledged by British bands from Madness to Dexy's Midnight Runners. Their reunion shows, still madly glamorous and eccentric, are tribal gatherings for a fanbase that never forgot them. The band’s first full-length biography is written by British music writer Paul Du Noyer, a follower since Deaf School’s early days in Liverpool. “Deaf School are such a delicious secret,” he says. “It’s almost a shame to reveal it.”
A breath of fresh air… They were one of the main reasons I wanted to be in a band.
Deaf School totally informed the way we formed Madness. Why didn't they make it? It's one of the greatest mysteries in pop.
Deaf School were a unique inspirational touchstone for a whole generation of creative rebellion and musical ambition that revived Liverpool's music scene after the Big Bang of the 1960s.
Gripping, accessible and scrupulously researched, the book offers candid anecdotal material from the band’s surviving members, plus well-placed insiders such as sound man Ken Testi and ex-Warner Bros MD Rob Dickens.