A funny, eye-opening collection of reminiscences from one of the UK's leading music journalists.
Introduction Leonard Cohen: London, June 1974 Tony Iommi: Iommi Mansions, Warwickshire, July 1974 Van Morrison: Knebworth, July 1974 Ray Davies: London, September 1974 Roxy Music: Cardiff, September 1974 KC and The Sunshine Band: London, October 1974 Lemmy: London, January 1975 John Martyn: Leeds, February 1975 Dave Brock: Devon, February 1975 Joe Strummer: London, February 1975 Wayne Nutt: Aberdeen, March 1975 Mick Ronson: Newcastle, April 1975 Alex Harvey: Glasgow, September 1975 Gordon Lightfoot: London, October 1975 Be-Bop Deluxe: Shrewsbury, January 1976 Patti Smith: London, May 1976 Phil Lynott's Mum: Manchester, August 1976 Bryan Ferry: London, January 1977 The Byrds: London, April 1977 Angie Bowie: Somerset, April 1977 Lou Reed: London | Stockholm, April 1977 Olivia Newton-John: Lake Tahoe, Nevada, April 1977 The Sex Pistols: London, May 1977 Elvis Costello: London, June 1977 The Sex Pistols: London, June 1977 Stiff Records: London, July 1977 The Mont De Marsan Punk Festival: Southern France, August 1977 David Bowie: London, September 1977 Dr Feelgood: Leicester, September 1977 Nick Lowe: Glasgow, October 1977 Gregg Allman and Cher: London, November 1977 Nick Lowe: Finland, February 1978 Tony Iommi: Glasgow, March 1978 Elvis Costello: Belfast, March 1978 Lou Reed: Philadelphia | New York, May 1978 Kenny Everett: London, July 1978 John Peel: London, August 1978 The Legendary Ariola Juncket: New York |Los Angeles | Portland, August 1978 Al Stewart: Los Angeles, September 1978 The Clash: London, November 1978 XTC: New York, December 1978 The Boomtown Rats: Los Angeles | Atlanta | Dallas, January 1979 The Clash: Cleveland | Washington DC, January 1979 Mike Oldfield: Berlin, April 1979 Lou Reed and David Bowie: London, April 1979 Robert Fripp: Bournemouth, April 1979 The Pretenders: Chester | Blackburn, July 1979 The Searchers: Rhydyfelen, South Wales, November 1979 Jerry Dammers: Hemel Hempstead, December 1979 London Calling: Melody Maker HQ, December 1979 Squeeze: Australia, February 1980 Def Leppard: Glasgow, February 1980 The Police: Bombay, March 1980 The Police: Cairo, March 1980 The Police: Milan, April 1980 Elvis Costello | The Specials | Rockpile: Montreux, July 1980 Monsters of Rock Festival: Castle Donnington, August 1980 Ozzy Osbourne: Texas, March 1982 Morrissey: Reading, February 1984 Johnny Marr: Reading, February 1984 R.E.M.: Athens, GA, June 1985 Van Morrison: London, June 1986 Eddie Grant: Barbados, October 1986 Townes Van Zandt: London, October 1987 Lou Reed: London, February 1989 Neil Young: London, October 1989 R.E.M.: Athens, Georgia, December 1991 Warren Zevon: London, September 1992 Bob Dylan: New York, October 1992 Neil Young: London, October 1992 Pearl Jam: New York, April 1994 The Afterglow
Allan Jones is an award-winning British music journalist and editor. In 1974, he applied for a job on the UK's best-selling music paper as a junior reporter, signing off his application with "Melody Maker needs a bullet up the arse. I'm the gun, pull the trigger". He was editor of Melody Maker from 1984 to 1997 and until 2014 editor of music and film monthly Uncut.
This is a paean to a lost age of wild rock'n'roll and decadent
rock'n'roll journalism -- Louis Wise * Sunday Times - Music Book of
the Year 2017 *
Allan Jones's wildly entertaining account of observing the excesses and eccentricities of rock stars at close quarters throughout the boom years of the 1970s and 80s, and barely hanging on to his health and sanity in the process. -- Richard Wise * The Guardian *
Allan Jones' collection of stories lovingly evoke the hell and hedonism of music journalism at the peak of rock'n'roll's excess -- Dylan Jones * GQ Magazine *
Encounters of the Crazy Kind -- Victoria Segal * The Sunday Times *