Paolo Hewitt is a music journalist and author. He has written for Melody Maker, NME, Vogue Germany, Fare Musica and Sunday Times. He is the author of over 20 books and novels on music, fashion and popular culture and has written extensively on bands like Oasis, the Jam, The Small Faces and, in particular, the Beatles.
My first memories of the Beatles date to 1962 and the excitement of listening to that first single Love Me Do but it really started on 6th July 1957 with the meeting of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. In total Paolo Hewitt records 44 years of Beatles history ending with the death of George Harrison on 29th November 2001. The key moments stretch from the music to relationships, films, money, religion, drugs and politics. 50 key moments in 50 illustrated essays giving fresh perspective on one of Pop’s biggest phenomena. Like for Like ReadingThe Beatles: The Authorised Biography, Hunter DaviesRevolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records & the Sixties, Ian MacDonald
David Bowie is often referred to as 'pop's great chameleon'. In fact he was more like a house-of-fun mirror, who always reflected what was in front of him, twisting it, enlarging it, turning the ordinary into something altogether extraordinary. He was quite simply the most influential, enigmatic and exciting recording artist in modern music. Written by music industry authority Paolo Hewitt, with world-leading Bowie expert Kevin Cann as consultant editor, each of Bowie's 29 albums is considered in detail in conjunction with commentaries and quotes from those who worked on the records, including musicians and engineers, as well as using many of Bowie's own perceptive quotes from throughout the years. Opening with an introduction by broadcaster and writer Robert Elms, and updated to include reflections on Bowie's stage show Lazarus and his astonishingly pertinent last album Blackstar following its release in January 2016. It is an essential companion to an incomparable catalogue of music and a fitting celebration of a cultural icon of our times.
Steve Marriott was one of the music world's most extraordinary individuals, A supremely gifted songwriter, singer and ... schemer. A vocalist from the same mould as Rod Stewart, Eric Burdon and Steve Winwood ... but arguably the greatest white soul singer of them all. Marriott never held back from anything, least of all his music, his vocals always possessed an intensity, clarity and maturity that at the time were unmatched by any other singer.His band The Small Faces were the first to be banned from Top of The Pops and were deported from Australia at gunpoint. Steve's next group Humble Pie ruled the stadiums of America but the money earned was diverted by mafia associates and he returned to the UK broke and on the run from the Taxman. In later life he struggled with schizophrenia but always continued playing - blistering gigs in front of small audiences in the pubs and clubs around London. Recently reunited with his old Humble Pie sparring partner Peter Frampton, he was on the verge of a comeback when he was tragically killed in a housefire, aged 44-years-old. A huge influence on a new generation of musicians from Paul Weller to Noel Gallagher, due to his death, Marriott has perhaps not been granted the status in Rock 'n' Roll's pantheon that he deserved. A major reassessment is long overdue. Marriott was simply one of the greatest rock stars of all time."e;An exhaustive account of the East End musical maverick, it spans his beginnings as a child prodigy, his memorable work with arch top Mods the Small Faces, and all the way through to his later work with Humble Pie, his subsequent solo career and untimely death in 1991."e; Gary Crowley"e;A riveting account of the singer's life, crammed with entertaining stories ofrebellion and debauchery and insightful historical background... Compulsivereading."e; The Daily Express"e;One of the best books I've read about the backwaters of rock music."e; The Daily Mail"e;A wonderfully researched, eminently readable appreciation of the creative force behind the Small Faces and Humble Pie, who created some of the finest pop, rock 'n' boogie music of his generation."e; ***** Classic Rock"e;All Too Beautiful traces Marriott's mercurial career from his upbringing in postwar, bomb-damaged London to his cocaine-ravaged demise in a fire at his Essex home in 1991, aged 44. Revealing... sympathetic, long overdue."e; **** Uncut"e;Ultimately, this is a complex story of extraordinary talent, missed chances, exotic highs and frightening lows... This comprehensive biography of Steve Marriott is as close as we're going to get to extracting the truth about Britain's finest white-soul exponent."e; ***** Record Collector"e;Compelling reading."e; **** Mojo
Alan McGee's legendary Creation record label brought us Oasis, Primal Scream, Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Teenage Fanclub and many of the other most exciting and innovative bands of the eighties and nineties. But it also eventually brought McGee to a breakdown so complete that it took him two years to recover. Alan McGee started Creation in 1983 with a loan of ?1,000. McGee considered himself a loser when it came to school, girls and good looks, but he had two things on his side: punk attitude and an uncanny ability to detect musical genius. Within two years, McGee had launched The Jesus and Mary Chain, sold hundreds of thousands of records and created an indie empire that was a byword for headstrong independence. By 1992, McGee was a millionaire, living an unrestrained hedonistic lifestyle. In 1993 he discovered Oasis, and within a year of partying with the band he entered rehab following a near-death experience in Los Angeles. Paolo Hewitt, the bestselling biographer of Oasis, received full co-operation from Alan McGee and all the key Creation personnel for this candid, often funny, sometimes shocking oral history. It captures in vivid colour one of the richest chapters in British rock history. Creation and its roster are going to live forever.
Description London, 1988, and the winds of change are blowing through the city, kicking up a storm. A gal pregnant and a DJ running for cover. The birth of the e generation and a race riot erupting. The Sheriff is trying to talk to Prince and Sammy the Foot is dancing up a treat. Everything was Tuesday until she quit without an explanation whilst a young Italian is looking to score and a mother is fighting off the fascists. Someone just dropped one and said 'it's as if we were in heaven' whilst outside the club a seven-month-old baby is crying hard. Heaven's Promise stands, still underrated, in the intersection of great modern London novels, between Absolute Beginners and Trainspotting - a tradition of youthful struggle and creative ambition embodied in a City of Dreams, a vision as potent in the rave culture of the late eighties as it was in the fifties - and as it is today. Praise for Heaven's Promise 'A soulful ride through the London of those heady days, a love letter to the city as much as a scene... indispensible, the Absolute Beginners of Acid House.' Irvine Welsh 'Heaven's Promise's evocation of late 80's London, its music, its club scene, its racial tensions and cultural signposts place Hewitt firmly in the rich lineage of great "e;London Novel"e; writers. This is the view from the inside... the authentic voice. Dig it.' Dr. Robert
Description Between 1994 and 1996, music writer Paolo Hewitt spent the greater part of his life on the road with Oasis, in the U.K., Europe and America. He came back with tales that would cement the legend of the brawling, effing, hedonistic, charismatic, confessional and extraordinarily talented Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam, and their group. Hewitt is a rare and perceptive fly-on-the-wall during the band's hectic rise to the height of their powers, as their first two albums are released to the kind of excitement scarcely seen in British rock music since the sixties. Hewitt takes the Gallaghers' story right back to their parents' roots in Ireland, and the descriptions of Noel and Liam's childhoods in working-class Manchester reveal the seeds of their determination to make Oasis the force it became. Getting High is an illuminating, funny, sometimes shocking reminder of how big a band can get, and how quickly the insanity sets in. Oasis have today sold in excess of 70 million records worldwide. Hewitt's intimate account of this explosive and beloved band, in their prime, is a rock classic and a riveting narrative. Praise for Getting High: 'Paolo is the only person to speak about what it was like on the road with us because he's been there. He's been there, he's seen it, he's done it.' Noel Gallagher 'Top read.' Melody Maker 'Unlimited access to all areas of the Oasis bandwagon is the ace up this biography's sleeve.' Q '10/10 - sometimes you get what you pay for.' Esquire 'By adopting a fly-on-the-wall approach and writing Oasis's story as though it were a novel rather than a straight biography, he succeeds in entertaining, informing and occasionally putting you inside the head of the Gallagher brothers.' Hot Press 'In Getting High we get closer to the real Oasis, not the tabloid fancies, the music press stereotypes of Noel the genius, Liam the wanker and three other blokes who don't count. Hewitt paints an engrossing and uplifting portrait of one of the most important bands of the decade.' The Word and Issue 'Getting High is refreshingly well written' Total Guitar 'Compelling drama' Manchester Evening News 'If you only buy one book about Oasis, then make sure it's this one.' FHM 'This well-researched tome chronicles many a pivotal moment in Oasis's history and is filled with plenty of ribald anecdotes.' NME 'Head and shoulders above every other Oasis book. I hated finishing it so much I read it again.' Irvine Welsh
We orphans are the most important kids in the world.' Stepping into the past, Paolo Hewitt embarks upon an inspiring journey to track down a group of friends he grew up with at Burbank Children's Home. We meet Des, the boy who reinvented himself; Norman, the runaway child who crossed a continent; David, the boy who couldn't be heard; and Terry, the child who sat in a school field for four days. Paolo brings to life the struggles and triumphs of adults navigating life after care, and discovers many things: about himself, about care, but most of all about the indomitable force of the human spirit - even in the face of overwhelming odds. But We All Shine On is a worthy companion to Paolo Hewitt's classic memoir The Looked After Kid: My Life in a Children's Home.
Placed in care at a very early age, Paolo Hewitt went to live with a foster family where he endured extreme abuse and humiliation. Following years of abuse he was sent to Burbank children's home at the age of ten where he met a gang of children. Like him, they were outsiders struggling to find their place in the world. Paolo paints a vivid picture of his coming of age in the children's home; of bruising fights, failed love, brushes with the law and enduring friendships, and describes how his salvation eventually comes through his passion for music and literature. Gripping and perceptive, The Looked After Kid is a testament to the resilience of children who 'go to sleep at night believing the world to be a dark and terrible place', but wonderfully emerge from the darkness to shine their lights on all.
Bowie: Album by Album examines every one of Bowie's studio albums in fine detail, placing each within the context of the time in which it was recorded and charting all the albums' subsequent influence and legacy. As well as commentary from the musicians, engineers and producers who worked on the recordings - such as Brian Eno and Tony Visconti - Bowie's own quotes provide a fascinating insight into his restlessly creative mind.