Signed Hand-made Hardback Book plus 7" Vinyl 'The La's Scrapbook 1984-87' + Ltd Ed 7" Heavyweight Vinyl EP 'Open Your Heart'

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Signed Hand-made Hardback Book plus 7" Vinyl 'The La's Scrapbook 1984-87' + Ltd Ed 7" Heavyweight Vinyl EP 'Open Your Heart'

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Signed and Numbered 1-80. 'The La's Scrapbook 1984-87' Hardback Book / M Badger, P Hemmings, D Hewitson.

The Hardback books are made to the highest quality with every book being made by hand by an experienced bookbinder. We have just 50 available to buy with another 30 going to family and friends.

‘A unique story of the bands first three years, before signing a record deal, told through some never before seen possessions incl handwritten lyrics, Lee Mavers and Mikes artworks, photographs, posters and more.’

The La’s 7” Heavyweight Vinyl EP. A; ‘Open Your Heart’ B; ‘I.O.U.’ / ‘Feelin’’

Open Your Heart was written in the Summer of 1986 it started as a poem
( included in the Scrap book) in my diary I suppose it's self explaining really- It was a time of Thatcher and ' greed was good' had taken over the country (at the expense of places like Liverpool) it was a direct reatcion to that. It was recorded in Sept 1986 at the Attic Studio in Cornwallis St. To start with I played it to Lee and he developed the simple stabbing riff on the verse. There's references to mortality/acceptance !
NOTE: When I was hanging out with Lee in 1999 with the hope of getting things going again he told me that Timeless Melody came off the back of Open Your Heart. If you listen to the way the chorus shifts in its the same and he changed the words to 'open your mind' towards the end. [Mike Badger]
(First released on Breakloose Viper 002 CD/Vinyl)!

IOU - recorded circa May 1987 in the legendary Stables. Many La's classic songs were written here i.e Timeless Melody, There She Goes , Way Out, Feelin', Over ( which was recorded in the Stables and released as a B side ) etc. Very creative time and before the band signed the record deal. Most days it would be Lee, John and Paul rehearsing and working on songs. !

Feelin' - recorded 8/11/87 at the Croydon Underground on the first major tour. Very rare recording. Some of the tour was done without drums as Timmo had left the band which included this date. Both recordings previously unreleased. [Paul Hemmings]

14th September 2017 and an Exhibition of rare and unseen photos of The La’s first tour opens at The Florrie Liverpool. A period described as a magical time and a crucial part of The La’s story. Amongst the photographs are a selection of ephemera including gig posters, tickets and handwritten lyrics being displayed for the first time. It’s these artefacts that catch my eye, having a loft full myself, of similar music and football related items. 

I mention to Paul and Mike over the coming days about how such periods of our youth need to be documented, particularly in a book if possible, and especially about a band of such legendary cult status as The La’s. 

Mike had an archive of stuff from the very early days of forming the band in ’84, from press clippings and diary entries to a receipt from the first studio demos during which Breakloose, Doledrum, Open Your Heart, Son of a Gun and Callin’ All, were all recorded. Paul had a major part in curating the 2017 Exhibition and therefore had access to much of that memorabilia, including Lee Mavers hand written lyrics of songs, as well as having his own diaries from his time with the band. That was all i needed to hear. The book would cover the beginnings of the band up to their first single release at the end of 1987. 

[Dave Hewitson]

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