By ADRIAN TAHOURDIN
Here’s an unlikely publication. I say unlikely because the book is published in conjunction with BBC Radio 6 Music, the station that four years ago was earmarked for closure on account of its modest listening figures (690,000, which doesn’t seem too bad to me). There was a public outcry – false economies etc – and the station was saved.
BBC Radio 6 Music’s Alternative Jukebox (304pp. £20), put together by the station’s presenters and editors, has the air of a celebration of this last-minute stay of execution. Dipping into this handsomely illustrated volume, subtitled “500 extraordinary tracks that tell the story of alternative music”, feels a bit like a trip down memory lane, to the 70s and early 80s (and just another manifestation, perhaps, of my inexorable regression to a second adolescence).