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Rock Stars Stole my Life!: A Big Bad Love Affair with Music (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Ellen

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Full of engaging asides and deft, sometimes unsparing pen-portraits, this autobiographical souffle ends with three passages of unexpectedly disturbing power, in which Ellen glimpses the fate of a form of entertainment that has lost the sense of purpose and proportion it possessed during the years when his own tastes were being formed...It is a tribute to Ellen's resilience that not even this sensory assault can erode the powers of humour and observation that make his book so enjoyable. The Guardian There's a misty-eyed reverence for the past in Ellen's entertaining memoir of five decades surrounded by music. The Observer Thumbs Aloft! For men of several generations, the most eagerly anticipated memoir of the year is Mark Ellen's Rock Stars Stole My Life! and it doesn't disappoint. Subtitled 'A Big Bad Love Affair With Music', Ellen's book describes in beautifully crafted gambols his time working for the music press, from the NME in the Seventies right through to The Word in the noughties, via Smash Hits, Q, Mojo, Select and all places in between. Ellen has been at the coalface of rock hackdom for 40 years, yet unlike many of his contemporaries, he has always viewed his relationship with the music industry - and the preposterous entertainers it throws up - as a ridiculous pleasure rather than a burden. Ellen is not only one of the nicest men in the industry, he's also one of its funniest writers, and this books picks away at the hand that has fed him for all these years with such humour, and such delicacy, that it becomes impossible to put down. Here is a man who presented Live Aid, who presided over the most popular music magazine in the world, and who unwittingly became one of the last people to interview Michael Jackson in print. And it is never less than hilarious. This book will make you laugh, make you cry with joy, and send you scuttling over to what is left of your record collection to look for an Elvis Costello album you probably have not played since it was released. -- Dylan Jones GQ So Ellen's book is a riotous, wildly enthusiastic look back over a constantly changing industry and the larger-than-life characters who have dominated it. As the image of today's stars becomes ever more tightly controlled, Ellen's experiences make him one of the few who can pull back the curtain to expose the smoke and mirrors of this most glamorous, exciting and tawdry of industries. Express Hilariously indiscreet The Times The must read book Red Hang on to the shirt-tails of this book and it leads you right the way through --breathlessly. It's terrific! -- Danny Baker Riotous, entrancing and wildly enthusiastic. Exposes the smoke and mirrors of this most glamorous and tawdry of industries. Sunday Express Hectic, quietly perceptive and in a writing style best described as Acid Wodehouse. New Statesman The unteachable in pursuit of the unquotable. Knowingly ridiculous and very funny. Independent on Sunday Immensely readable. A series of golden ages witnessed first-hand. The Observer A cultural history of music fandom in a period of fascinating flux. MOJO Mark Ellen: the man with the best job ever! Elle A fantastic read -- Simon Mayo BBC Radio 2 Ellen not only has a tremendous eye for the glorious absurdity of the music industry, but a treasure chest of funny and occasionally touching anecdotes ... he balances a fan's enthusiasm with sparkling reverence ... Rock Stars Stole My Life! Is an upbeat and immensely readable account of a joyous addiction. Mail on Sunday The collection of people who cross Ellen's path - Blair, old housemate Anton Corbijn, Ellen's girlfriend Anji Hunter, Neil Tennant (who worked on Smash Hits), John Peel, Geldof - is enough to keep you turning the page. Having such a funny, charming guide doesn't hurt either. The Independent (a) wry, funny book The Sun Mark Ellen had us laughing all the way through. Stylist Your book is a joy. -- Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2 Arts Show The book is f***ing BRILLIANT! Just arrived NYC and wanked myself laughing. Literally tears. Irritated looks all around. What a great writer you are. It's a classic. You absolutely got the whole shite early 70s thing down precisely as it was. Names, smells, sounds, looks, the food, drink, girls, boys! Mega! Well done. -- Bob Geldof Made me laugh out loud. -- Adam Boulton New Statesman Rock Stars Stole My Life reminds us that [pop music] can also be joyously ridiculous...Ellen relates a blessed life...with playful wit and indefatigable good humour. Guardian This year's most breezily entertaining pop memoir... Ellen sails through pop history with an infectious joie de vivre that sends laughter tumbling from every page. Daily Mail entertaining... describes his past encounters with comic candour. The Times


'The book is f***ing BRILLIANT! Just arrived NYC and wanked myself laughing. Literally tears. Irritated looks all around. What a great writer you are. It's a classic. You absolutely got the whole shite early 70s thing down precisely as it was. Names, smells, sounds, looks, the food, drink, girls, boys! Mega! Well done.' - Bob Geldof

In a sodden tent at a '70s festival, the teenage Mark Ellen had a dream. He dreamt that music was a rich meadow of possibility, a liberating leap to a sparkling future, an industry of human happiness - and he wanted to be part of it. Thus began his 50-year love affair with rock and roll. From his time at the NME, Radio One, The Old Grey Whistle Test and Live aid, he has been at the molten core of pop's evolution, and watched its key figures from a unique perspective. This funny and touching personal memoir maps out his eventful journey in rock and roll.

It tells stories and settles scores. It charts the peaks and disappointments. It flags up surprising heroes and barbecues the dull and self-deluded. It puts a chaotic world to rights and pours petrol on the embers of a glorious industry now in spiraling decline.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 6752 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 353 Seiten
  • Verlag: Coronet (8. Mai 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #335.790 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rock Stars Stole my Life! 13. Mai 2014
Von S Riaz - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is an engaging and fascinating memoir by Mark Ellen – music journalist, critic, radio and television presenter – whose life has been completely wrapped up in his love of music. He begins with his sisters love of The Beatles, and his early musical interest in bands such as The Kinks and Bob Dylan in the Sixties. His childhood love of music was misunderstood by his parents, who disapproved of Top of the Pops and these new long haired bands taking over the airwaves. However, as so often happens, parental disapproval only made music even more attractive to Ellen. His first gig was Nick Lowe at the Roundhouse and he moved on to musical influences such as Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen and Frank Zappa. Early bands at school and university made him realise that his career did not lie in actually being a musician (with band names such as, “Rectal Prolapse,” you suspect success was not going to be easy). However, watching the music press of the Seventies (many almost as famous as the bands they were writing about) swanning into the backstage areas at music festivals and concerts, gave him the idea of possibly trying to work for a music magazine.

What follows is really a career in music. Mark Ellen has worked for music magazines as diverse as NME to Smash Hits, through Q and Mojo. His section on working at the NME is especially interesting, with office politics and factions developing amongst the journalists, which gave him his first disenchantment of what working in the music business would be, considering his rather youthful and naive views at the time. He worked for Radio One, standing in for a delightfully insecure John Peel, before finally getting his own show (one of the highlights of the book for me was a rather nervous encounter with Iggy Pop, who turned up for an interview covered in woad and in no fit state to answer any questions – especially live on air); moving on to television with “The Old Grey Whistle Test” – later updated to the rather more modern, “Whistle Test” when “The Tube” threatened viewing figures. He was at Live Aid, many different award shows and has seen the best and worst of the music business.

Although meeting some of his heroes led to disappointment (another highlight was a hilarious, for all the wrong reasons, interview with Roy Harper and Jimmy Page), this is not, in any way, an unkind or vicious attack on those the author is writing about. Yes, he may muse on how certain superstars have terrible behaviour, but he also understands how difficult living with such huge fame can be. Mostly, his writing is very self deprecating, laughing at himself over anyone else and will not offend anyone mentioned within its pages. Often it is the music business itself, rather than the personalities, that comes under scrutiny. However, for anyone who grew up in the time Mark Ellen is writing about, or who loves music, this is an entertaining and enjoyable read. The author has managed to laugh both himself, and at the business he has spent his life working in, yet also convey his immense fondness and affection for the music which has provided the soundtrack of our lives – including his own. If you enjoy books by authors such as Stuart Maconie, then you will probably like this.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A great read. I used to subscribe to both Mojo ... 22. April 2015
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Just finished it the other night. A great read. I used to subscribe to both Mojo and Word magazines, I used to watch OGWT back in the day and I listen to BBC 6Music regularly these days, so I'm familiar with Mark Ellen's work, but anyone with even a passing interest in music, the world of music publishing or the machinations of the music industry will thoroughly enjoy this. Highly recommended.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen but his tumbleweed approach to music (he drops saying he likes whatever he likes if somebody he considers more 'hip' doesn't lik 18. Oktober 2014
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Articulate enough, but his tumbleweed approach to music (he drops saying he likes whatever he likes if somebody he considers more 'hip' doesn't like it) brands him as a career-long sycophant.
He seems to have zero appreciation of the role of 'black' artists in the work of the white artists he (temporarily) follows ...
An opportunity missed!
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