GREBO! A Q&A with Rich Deakin, Gaye Bykers on Acid, and Crazyhead
West Midlands 1980s, home to heavy metal. Black Sabbath and Judas Priest are household names, but over the smoking chimneys and factory yards something new and equally ugly forms…
‘Grebo’ was a media constructed music genre that even today sends a shudder down the spines of discerning music fans and critics. A homegrown proto-grunge, grebo was a British phenomenon that drew on an eclectic range of influences, from punk, 60s garage and psychedelia, through to 70s heavy rock and thrash metal.
Gaye Bykers on Acid and Crazyhead hailed from Leicester. They were not the first bands to be labelled grebo but they were the most unashamedly unkempt and came to be considered its greatest exponents. They were “a burst of dirty thunder” and almost no one liked them.
Based on interviews with band members, friends, fans, and roadies, Rich Deakin’s GREBO! is an uncompromising history of an overlooked music scene.
Join us on 2 February for a short reading from the book, plus Q&A panel with Rich Deakin, who’ll be joined by members of Gaye Bykers on Acid and Crazyhead. It’ll be loud and lousy!