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Meet Steven Stelfox.
London 1997: New Labour is sweeping into power and Britpop is at its zenith. A&R man Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the music industry, fuelled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine, searching for the next hit record amid a relentless orgy of self-gratification.
But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, Stelfox must take the notion of cut throat business practices to murderous new levels in a desperate attempt to salvage his career.
With the record industry in turmoil, this thoroughly twisted roman clef from a former A&R insider couldn't seem timelier. Set in 1997, this debut novel follows the loathsome and morally bankrupt 27-year-old Steven Stelfox as he curses, drinks and snorts his way through a cutthroat career. Crass and bitter, Steven despises everything that originally inspired him, and as the bills pile up from his various illicit habits and ventures, he tries in vain to find the "next big thing" so he can secure another bundle of money. Satirizing Big Music, the novel brims with self-evident truths as Steven explains, he usually only hits one in every 10 acts, but even that allows him to do better than most. As Steven's arrogance precariously struggles against a healthy dose of paranoia, he faces his ultimate nightmare: he might actually have to sober up, do some work and break out a decent record by a decent act. This is not for the easily offended, but readers with at least a slightly deranged bent will have a ball.
P@@@ your pants funny great read
Kill your friends
Great book easy to read. Reminds me of Irvine Welsh.
Dark & brilliant.
Odd, weird, gripping, dark, occasionally downright black, bizarre...a superb journey of a book. Read just after Scandalous by Martel Maxwell and was completely different - the 1st 'chick lit' and this 'lads lit' though both dark in their own ways. The two best books I've read this year. The satirical take on the music industry by Niven (I believe has experience in it like Maxwell in journalism) take is superb.