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I'm Not with the Band By Sylvia Patterson

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The frank, funny and fearless memoir of Sylvia Patterson - one of Britain's best-loved and most influential music writers. Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2016.

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

SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD 2016

'Celebratory and elegiac' Guardian

'A roller-coaster memoir' Sunday Times

'Funny, anecdote-packed, nostalgic but also very touching' The Pool

'Patterson fillets out the pretentious bones of pop, leaving its glistening meat' Observer

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.

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.

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.

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A roller-coaster memoir, which also works as a paean to a lost era, when pop (and pop journalism) was flush with cash and kudos * Sunday Times (Music Book of the Year) *
Great journalism, and also written with a clear, unsentimental eye * The Times *
Patterson hilariously recounts life on Britain's Brightest Pop Magazine (TM). Funny, anecdote-packed, nostalgic but also very touching * The Pool *
Celebratory and elegiac, I'm Not with the Band documents the last three and half decades in pop and gives an honest account of an exhilarating and grueling life. Top read. * Guardian *

About Sylvia Patterson


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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GOR008660347
I'm Not with the Band: A Writer's Life Lost in Music by Sylvia Patterson
Sylvia Patterson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Little, Brown Book Group
2017-07-06
448
0751558702
9780751558708
Short-listed for Costa Book Awards: Biography category 2016 (UK) Short-listed for NME Book of the Year Award 2017 (UK) Long-listed for Penderyn Music Book Prize 2017 (UK)
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