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Fried & Justified

Fried & Justified

ISBN
9780571336838
Published
04/02/2021
9780571336838
Format
Paperback
Price
£10.99
Paperback
320

About the Book

AN UNCUT BOOK OF THE YEAR

'A wild rock ‘n’ roll fairground ride of the damned.'
OBSERVER

'Excellent.'
NEW STATESMAN

'Entertaining . . . recalls twenty heady years at the centre of the British music business.'
FINANCIAL TIMES

A candid frontline account of an illustrious gonzo career as an independent music publicist
during the post-punk heyday of the 80s and 90s, featuring an introduction by Bill Drummond and a new foreword by Julian Cope.

Mick Houghton worked with some of the greatest, most influential and downright dysfunctional cult groups of the post-punk era and beyond – Ramones, Talking Heads, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Undertones, Felt and Sonic Youth among them.

But the three acts Mick is most closely identified with are Echo & the Bunnymen, Julian Cope, and the KLF. As confidant and co-conspirator, he navigated the minefield of rivalries and contrasting fortunes which make Fried & Justified such a candid, amusing and insightful picture of an exciting and inspirational period for music.

AN UNCUT BOOK OF THE YEAR'A wild rock ‘n’ roll fairground ride of the damned.' OBSERVER'Excellent.'NEW STATESMAN'Entertaining . . . recalls twenty heady years at the centre of the British music business.'FINANCIAL TIMESA candid frontline account of an illustrious gonzo career as an independent music publicistduring the post-punk heyday of the 80s and 90s, featuring an introduction by Bill Drummond and a new foreword by Julian Cope. Mick Houghton worked with some of the greatest, most influential and downright dysfunctional cult groups of the post-punk era and beyond – Ramones, Talking Heads, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Undertones, Felt and Sonic Youth among them.But the three acts Mick is most closely identified with are Echo & the Bunnymen, Julian Cope, and the KLF. As confidant and co-conspirator, he navigated the minefield of rivalries and contrasting fortunes which make Fried & Justified such a candid, amusing and insightful picture of an exciting and inspirational period for music.
  • Mick Houghton

    Mick Houghton began writing about music during the seventies, for such publications as Circus, Zigzag, Let It Rock, Sounds and Time Out before stumbling into a job as a PR at Warner Bros in 1979. Within a year he had set up the independent Brassneck Publicity, where he's looked after an extraordinary array of people ever since. Over the years he's been closely associated with Echo and the Bunnymen, Julian Cope, The Undertones, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, The KLF, Spiritualized, Bert Jansch and Richard Thompson. He began writing again in 2001, first for Mojo and later for Uncut. As one of the Grammy-nominated compilers/producers of the boxed set Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra, 1963-1973, he went on to write Becoming Elektra: The True Story of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label, published in 2010.

“An entertaining memoir recalls twenty heady years at the centre of the British music business.”
- Financial Times
“Excellent . . . Remind[s] us that the best pop culture often comes together thanks to accidental, passionate heroes, standing out against the crowd in the most brilliant way.”
- Jude Rogers, New Statesman

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