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HEAD ON — From the Pale Fountains to the Red Elastic Band: the bruised life of Scouse genius Michael Head. Melody Maker's Helen Fitzgerald meets the Fountains in 1984 and Sounds' Roy Wilkinson enters the Head brothers' Shack in 1988. Plus Tom Doyle tells Head's torturous story in The Face (1999)...

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