Genre pioneers’ tale laid bare in book

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Punk pioneers Suicide profiled in new book by Aylesbury music legend Kris Needs

As well as being an essential part of the early days of Friars, Kris, who hails from Aylesbury, carved out a career for himself as a music writer.

This led to him going on tour with the Clash, making a good friend of Motorhead’s Lemmy and getting into a whole host of other rock and roll scenarios.

Kris still writes for the likes of Q, Mojo and Vive Le Rock, and has had a number of books published including his own autobiography Needs Must.

His latest work, an authorised biography of NYC punk pioneers Suicide has just been released.

He said: “I was working on the Bucks Advertiser when punk was first stirring, rolled into work after many long nights with the Clash, Pistols, Ramones etc.

He added: “It’s called Dream Baby Dream: Suicide, A New York Story and is about the New York electronic duo who were the first punk band as far as I’m concerned.”

To write the book Kris teamed up with Suicide member Martin Rev (pictured right), who the book focuses on. Both Suicide, and Kris’ band The Vice Creems had dealings with The Clash.