Therapy? The Authorised Biography

Published to coincide with the band’s 30th anniversary.

‘Simon patiently listened to us talk and talk, then talk some more, then he brilliantly wrote our 30-year history into a book…’


So Much For The 30 Year Plan is the first-ever book to detail the life of Therapy?, one of rock’s boldest and most idiosyncratic acts. Written with the full co-operation of the band’s current members—frontman Andy Cairns, bassist Michael McKeegan, and drummer Neil Cooper— this official biography explores the dizzying highs and crushing lows they have experienced while navigating a three-decade-long career.

Featuring extensive interviews with the band and key figures from throughout their history, So Much For The 30 Year Plan offers insights into the band’s origins in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, the backlash they received from the underground scene after signing to a major label, the birth of their million-selling 1994 album Troublegum, the full story behind their split with original drummer Fyfe Ewing, and much more.

‘Before we recorded Infernal Love, I didn’t know if I was coming or going. I developed quite a healthy drug habit and was drinking a bottle of Absolut vodka every day. I thought that if I gave up drinking, I’d spend the next two weeks lying in bed and feeling sick. I decided to keep going and see if inspiration would hit …’ Andy Cairns

Published to coincide with the band’s 30th anniversary — which they will be celebrating with an extensive tour of the UK and Europe in early 2021 — this is essential reading for all Therapy? fans … and anyone with an interest in the alternative music of the era.

Born in 1976 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Simon Young has been a music journalist for over twenty years. His fanzine, Hit A Guy With Glasses, enjoyed a one-issue run before he secured a job at Kerrang! in 1999. His writing has also appeared in Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, and Planet Rock. So Much For The 30 Year Plan is his first book.

‘So Much For The 30 Year Plan’ by Simon Young Published by Jawbone Press, September 22 2020 • 296pp softcover with 24pp photo insert. RRP £14.95 UK / $22.95 US / $29.95 CAN • ISBN 978-1-911036-63-0.

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