Mark Bedford

Before We Was We
  • Before We Was We

  • The first official book by Madness.

    In Before We Was We Madness tell us how they became them. A story of seven originals, whose collective graft, energy and talent took them from the sweaty depths of the Hope and Anchor's basement to the Top of the Pops studio.

    In their own words they each look back on shared adventures. Playing music together, riding freight trains, spraying graffiti and stealing records. Walking in one another's footsteps by day and rising up through the city's exploding pub music scene by night. Before We Was We is irreverent, funny and full of character. Just like them.

Mike Barson (Author) The year was 1979. A band from the streets of Camden Town was emerging, gloriously, in the basements and back rooms of North London’s music pubs. With their combined style, attitude, grit and wit they defined the musical landscape of the time by fusing reggae, punk and pop on their classic debut album One Step Beyond. Madness would become British icons, national treasures who, 40 years later, would still be delighting audiences across the globe. Now, following their countless hit singles, sold-out tours and the occasional Buckingham Palace rooftop gig, this, the band’s first official book, finds Madness looking forward to looking back: Before We Was We. Mark Bedford (Author) The year was 1979. A band from the streets of Camden Town was emerging, gloriously, in the basements and back rooms of North London’s music pubs. With their combined style, attitude, grit and wit they defined the musical landscape of the time by fusing reggae, punk and pop on their classic debut album One Step Beyond. Madness would become British icons, national treasures who, 40 years later, would still be delighting audiences across the globe. Now, following their countless hit singles, sold-out tours and the occasional Buckingham Palace rooftop gig, this, the band’s first official book, finds Madness looking forward to looking back: Before We Was We. Chris Foreman (Author) The year was 1979. A band from the streets of Camden Town was emerging, gloriously, in the basements and back rooms of North London’s music pubs. With their combined style, attitude, grit and wit they defined the musical landscape of the time by fusing reggae, punk and pop on their classic debut album One Step Beyond. Madness would become British icons, national treasures who, 40 years later, would still be delighting audiences across the globe. Now, following their countless hit singles, sold-out tours and the occasional Buckingham Palace rooftop gig, this, the band’s first official book, finds Madness looking forward to looking back: Before We Was We. Graham McPherson (Author) The year was 1979. A band from the streets of Camden Town was emerging, gloriously, in the basements and back rooms of North London’s music pubs. With their combined style, attitude, grit and wit they defined the musical landscape of the time by fusing reggae, punk and pop on their classic debut album One Step Beyond. Madness would become British icons, national treasures who, 40 years later, would still be delighting audiences across the globe. Now, following their countless hit singles, sold-out tours and the occasional Buckingham Palace rooftop gig, this, the band’s first official book, finds Madness looking forward to looking back: Before We Was We. Cathal Smyth (Author) The year was 1979. A band from the streets of Camden Town was emerging, gloriously, in the basements and back rooms of North London’s music pubs. With their combined style, attitude, grit and wit they defined the musical landscape of the time by fusing reggae, punk and pop on their classic debut album One Step Beyond. Madness would become British icons, national treasures who, 40 years later, would still be delighting audiences across the globe. Now, following their countless hit singles, sold-out tours and the occasional Buckingham Palace rooftop gig, this, the band’s first official book, finds Madness looking forward to looking back: Before We Was We. Lee Thompson (Author) The year was 1979. A band from the streets of Camden Town was emerging, gloriously, in the basements and back rooms of North London’s music pubs. With their combined style, attitude, grit and wit they defined the musical landscape of the time by fusing reggae, punk and pop on their classic debut album One Step Beyond. Madness would become British icons, national treasures who, 40 years later, would still be delighting audiences across the globe. Now, following their countless hit singles, sold-out tours and the occasional Buckingham Palace rooftop gig, this, the band’s first official book, finds Madness looking forward to looking back: Before We Was We. Dan Woodgate (Author) The year was 1979. A band from the streets of Camden Town was emerging, gloriously, in the basements and back rooms of North London’s music pubs. With their combined style, attitude, grit and wit they defined the musical landscape of the time by fusing reggae, punk and pop on their classic debut album One Step Beyond. Madness would become British icons, national treasures who, 40 years later, would still be delighting audiences across the globe. Now, following their countless hit singles, sold-out tours and the occasional Buckingham Palace rooftop gig, this, the band’s first official book, finds Madness looking forward to looking back: Before We Was We.