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I'm Not with the Band A Writer's Life Lost in Music by Sylvia Patterson
  

I'm Not with the Band A Writer's Life Lost in Music

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Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2016.

From the 80s to the present day, I'm Not with the Band is a funny, barmy, utterly gripping chronicle of the last thirty years in music and beyond. It is also the story of one woman's wayward search for love, peace and a wonderful life. And whether, or not, she found them.

Costa judges' comment: “A breathless, giddy music biography with real swagger and heart.”

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Synopsis

I'm Not with the Band A Writer's Life Lost in Music by Sylvia Patterson

This is a three-decade survivor's tale ...a scenic search for elusive human happiness through music, magazines, silly jokes, stupid shoes, useless blokes, hopeless homes, booze, drugs, love, loss, A&E, death, disillusion and hope - while trying to make Prince laugh, startle Beyonce, cheer Eminem up, annoy Madonna, drink with Shaun Ryder and finish off Westlife forever (with varying degrees of success). In 1986, Sylvia Patterson boarded a train to London armed with a tea-chest full of vinyl records, a peroxide quiff and a dream: to write about music, for ever. She got her wish. Escaping a troubled home, Sylvia embarks on a lifelong quest to discover The Meaning of It All. The problem is she's mostly hanging out with flaky pop stars, rock 'n' roll heroes and unreliable hip-hop legends. As she encounters music's biggest names, she is confronted by glamour and tragedy; wisdom and lunacy; drink, drugs and disaster. And Bros. Here is Madonna in her Earth Mother phase, flinging her hands up in horror at one of Sylv's Very Stupid Questions. Prince compliments her shoes while Eminem threatens to kill her. She shares fruit with Johnny Cash, make-up with Amy Winehouse and several pints with the Manics' lost soul-man Richey Edwards. She finds the Beckhams fragrant in LA, a Gallagher madferrit in her living room and Shaun Ryder and Bez as you'd expect, in Jamaica.

Reviews

'[A] mercilessly funny memoir...the riotous superstar profiles are only one of several threads in this gripping and multi-layered book' -- Mark Ellen Mail on Sunday

'This very funny, glowingly humane memoir ... I'm Not With The Band is, ultimately, a thing of joy' Sunday Times

'It's absolutely hilarious - there were times I could barely breathe because I was laughing so hard' -- Barbara Ellen Observer

'Sylvia Patterson is one of the best music writers of all time, an inspiration and a genius' David Quantick

'I can't praise this book highly enough; so funny, brave, sad and wise. I totally adored it' Jenny Colgan

About the Author

Sylvia Patterson is one of pop journalism's best-known voices. She joined Smash Hits as Staff Writer aged 20 during its mid-late 80s heyday when it sold a million copies a fortnight. Life thereafter as an acclaimed freelancer has seen her sprinkle irreverence throughout NME, The Face, Guardian Guide, The Observer, Sunday Times, Interview, The Word, Q and Glamour. She's also the only writer to have penned sleeve-notes to the greatest hits of both Take That and Oasis. Because that's how she rolls (with it).

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Book Info

Publication date

16th June 2016

Author

Sylvia Patterson

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
448 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Rock & Pop music
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ISBN

9780751558685

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