Can't Stand Up For Falling Down: Rock'n'Roll War Stories

Can't Stand Up For Falling Down: Rock'n'Roll War Stories

Allan Jones launched Uncut magazine in 1997 and for 15 years wrote a popular monthly column called Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, based on his experiences as a music journalist in the 70s and 80s, a gilded time for the music press.

By turns hilarious, cautionary, poignant and powerful, the Stop Me...stories collected here include encounters with some of rock's most iconic stars, including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Smiths, R.E.M. and Pearl Jam. From backstage brawls and drug blow-outs, to riots, superstar punch-ups, hotel room confessionals and tour bus lunacy, these are stories from the madness of a music scene now long gone.


Allan Jones is an award-winning British music journalist and editor. In 1974, he applied for a job on the UK's best-selling music paper as a junior reporter, signing off his application with "Melody Maker needs a bullet up the arse. I'm the gun, pull the trigger†?. He was editor of Melody Maker from 1984 to 1997 and until 2014 editor of music and film monthly Uncut.

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  • Nigeyb

    The subtitle - Rock'n'Roll War Stories - is very apt. This is a succession of despatches from rock n roll's frontline written by Allan Jones. I've read a lot of music memoirs and this is right up ther...

  • Offbalance

    So let's say you end up down the pub with a delightful, if random chap. He's FULL of stories (and for the sake of this story, let's say he keeps buying rounds). He has amazing tales to tell about peop...

  • Andy

    collection of stories of Melody Maker journalist during the late 70's and a little in early 80'ssome interesting perspectives and almost interviews with famous musicians Bowie, Joe Strummer, Lou Reed,...

  • BMK

    Lots of great stories and interesting vignettes with various musos. Makes me nostalgic for when I used to buy music magazines......

  • Joe O'Donnell

    Normally I would be wary of books where aging rock hacks reheat their old rock ‘n’ roll war stories. They have a tendency to topple into self-congratulatory “music was better in my day” or “...

  • Lisa Bentley

    There haven’t been many careers that I have wanted: musical theatre performer, rock star, author. Those have mainly been the prevailing ones over my 36 years. In all honesty though all I have ever r...

  • Mr Mark Francome

    Excellent collection of anecdotes and top-notch "I was there" stories. Although Jones charges through a seemingly random cross-section of pop and rock legends, certain individuals crop up repeatedly a...

  • Per-Olof

    I used to enjoy Allan's articles and reviews 40 years ago so I bought this book. It has over 70 articles based on meetings with different artists during a 20 year period between 1974-1994. There's som...

  • Stevo B

    Basically this is just for those who were teenagers in the 70s and early 80s. Full of anecdotes about Bowie, Hawkwind, Ozzy, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed and Neil Young. Recommended by a friend who said it...

  • Jon Chaisson

    Sadly not as enjoyable as I'd expected. It's overlong and repetitive, to the point where the "we were all drunk/high/faced at the time" humor and the "cranky antisocial musician is also brilliant" ego...