Rough Trade


Rough Trade Books


Do It For Your Mum by Roy Wilkinson 04/08/11 in Books

One band, one dad, one world war – a story of British Sea Power, rock dreams and family farce

Publication date: 19 September 2011

Rough Trade Records are pleased to announce the launch of Rough Trade Books. The first publication from this new imprint will be ‘Do It For Your Mum’ by Roy Wilkinson – a non-fiction tale of family and rock music set against the life and times of the group British Sea Power.

Rough Trade Records have released all five of British Sea Power’s albums – from their acclaimed debut ‘The Decline Of British Sea Power’ to their latest, ‘Valhalla Dancehall’. ‘Do It For Your Mum’ looks at the people and events behind these albums, but the book is a remarkable family memoir rather than rock biography. The band are fronted by two brothers and managed by a third, the book’s author. They are also the all-consuming passion of the BSP brethren’s father, Ronald Wilkinson – World War Two veteran and self-instructed expert on alternative rock from The Smiths to the Butthole Surfers. The book sets an idyllic rural youth and the eternal imponderables of family life beside the brute mechanics of the music industry. In this cautionary tale of human fallibility and musical misadventure, there is bathos, there is pathos, there is Kate Moss. Behold as Laurie Lee’s ‘Cider With Rosie’ is introduced to AC/DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’. Against the odds the two parties get on rather well.

The website has run an early review of the book here.

PRE-ORDERS: the book will soon be available for pre-ordering at

Roy Wilkinson has written for print titles including The Guardian, The Independent, MOJO, Q and The Word.

Praise for British Sea Power:

“The best band in Britain… a national treasure”The Sunday Times

“Glorious… a unique band”The Guardian

“The greatest British rock group you’ve never heard”The Independent On Sunday