city baby reviews

We’ve been banging on for weeks about how many of you have told us you couldn’t put City Baby down, or how you read it from start to finish in one sitting. Then we had a brainwave. Why not create somewhere you can all leave your reviews on the book, and anyone thinking about getting their hands on a copy can see what other readers have to say?
So here it is. All comments welcome. Even if you’ve already made them elsewhere.

15 Responses

  1. Steve Jones

    Having known Ross for over 40 years I felt “obliged” to buy and read City Baby. Really glad that I did now as the book is both honest and true reflection of who Ross really is. At times it is dark and powerful but you just know things will turn out well.
    The school days were thought provoking as I was there with Ross which made me reflect on the choices I had made.
    The book is real life. It is well written and well worth a read. My copy has been read by youngsters and by people older than me. They all find a connection.
    What next?? “I bet the Clash wouldn’t know”

    August 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

  2. Giro...Jeronimo

    Great storys!!!…but nothing you would not expect from the best punk band in the world…ever!!!
    Congratulations Ross 😉

    August 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm

  3. Howard

    The Dogs Bollox, couldn’t put it down. One hell of a book…

    August 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  4. Paul from Wakey

    What a cracking read this book was/is. It’s so funny in places that if you didn’t know about Ross & the band you’d think it wasn’t true. I can’t wait to read it again. brilliant. Well done to Ross & all involved for getting it out there 🙂

    August 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  5. adie from halifax

    great read and likewise could’nt put it down, i have known ross for over 20 years or i thought i did!!!!a great insight into the man and the band…..both legends and friends

    August 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  6. Great read, fookin hilarious road stories. Constantly recommending this book and ignite in general to anyone who’ll listen and some who won’t.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm

  7. SAL PIKE

    KNOWN THESE GUYS FROM WAY BACK AND ITS SO NICE TO BE ABLE TO FILL IN THE GAPS I CANT REMEMBER!. A GREAT READ FOR MUSIC FANS AND GBH FANS IN PARTICULAR. FUNNY AND ENTERTAINING IN EQUAL AMOUNTS YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR ROSS TALKING AS YOU READ

    August 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

  8. Ian R

    Excellent book – As mentioned by others, So easy to read and highly entertaining – Having grown up at the same time half a world away -I could only imagine what it was like to be in the same country as my punk heroes -This fills it in nicely.
    Got to finally see them live not long ago -They’re still going strong.
    Cheers Ross

    September 3, 2013 at 6:50 am

  9. Dave Decadent

    The man, the myth, the legend. The bass monster himself. Love it!!

    September 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm

  10. working outside the rat race

    Whether GBH mean much to you or not this will resonate strongly with all who grew up in the late 70s/early 80s, particularly if they did so in the West Midlands. There’s recognition in much of Ross’s story from the deprivation and designation of certain locales, the standard and methodology of the cruel and primitive education system and many great revelations of how a ‘group’ functions within the industry and society generally.

    It’s a book for any music fan who remembers paying almost £2 for a single and being happy to do so, a very human tale of rock ‘n’ roll naivety and excess, told in a very accessible style.

    If I had to find fault there’s probably a few too many ‘got drunk, fell over’ stories but if that was the lifestyle and what’s remembered then I suppose it should be shared. Buried within those stories are great anecdotes and insights – how it’s possible to have a top twenty album and still be practically broke, how little a nascent band earns ‘on the road’ and above all, what punk rock means to those who really lived it.

    I suspect the generally raucous nature of the story makes Ross’s descent into depression quite shocking. I imagine depression within ‘rock bands’ is quite widespread as they can go from non-stop work (& parties) to dramatic inactivity in a rapid space of time. This tale proves how hard that is to deal with.

    Redemption via (punk) rock n’ roll, a tale well told.

    September 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

  11. Jim

    I came across this book and Ignite by accident. Absolutely brilliant. I love GBH music but have never met Ross or the others, but this book shows what a good, decent bloke he is. Great tales of camaraderie, getting pissed and having fun with your mates but also the sadder badder times when the door is shut and you’re on your own. Brilliant

    September 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

  12. COR

    Just finished G. B. H. Ross Lomas “City baby” book. Simply amazing. He talks about G. B. H. not just as a band but also as a family, a masterpiece of the construction of his life. O.K., He’s telling Us usual stories about divisions into the scene, having fun on tour & being a young Punk travelling all around the world dealing with booze, speed, chips, shagging & pizzas. But He’s also show Us the dark side of the “Punk-Rock moon” : that You have to struggle against daily wages, & most important to Me, that He’s no rockstar, no superman, just someone like You & Me , dialing with shit, doing barely mistakes & wrong choices sometimes. I always luv G. B. H. & I always do !

    September 8, 2013 at 10:20 am

  13. Bones

    Read this book in two sittings.
    A well written and heartfelt account, it bought back many memories of the early days in Brum and the Black Country seeing GBH etc at various venues with like-minded souls.
    Sadly GBH’s experience of getting ripped off and still being skint is all too common, but at least Ross seems to have come to terms with who he is.
    Good luck mate!
    Can’t wait to go and see them later this year.

    Buy this book!

    September 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm

  14. Nick

    Never heard of GBH until City baby attacked … came out. Been a fan ever since and have seen them several times over the years. So to read Ross’s story and have a look inside the band was quite amazing.

    October 7, 2013 at 2:52 am

  15. Craig

    Great book, much more than the story GBH….Get this

    October 13, 2013 at 8:41 am