End of the month sees the new Happy Monday’s bio released; Excess All Areas by Simon Spence, did it feel like enough time had passed to finally put your, and the bands side of the Mondays out there?
Paul – Well over the years I’ve been asked a few times to contribute to books on the band, but I never wanted to do it, I just didn’t think it was the right time, you know. But this one did, the author Simon was in the right place at the right time. And he assured us it wasn’t going to be another crazy drug story, a load of nonsense like the others have been. So I spent 3 hours a day for 5 days doing the interviews down the phone with him, he got a lot of information out of it which hopefully might set a lot of things straight regarding the bands history. A lot of the other books that have been published were just built on lies and accusations really, there isn’t a Mondays book out there which is correct, not until Simon came along.
First look at the book for Paul Ryder. He supplied many unseen pictures for it alongside the countless hours he spent being interviewed. The dedication page signed by Paul, Mark, Bez and Gary. Both pictures courtesy of Phil Grunshaw.