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Fried & Justified

Mick Houghton

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 new cover artwork by Jimmy Cauty.

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Ebook
ISBN
9780571336845
Date Published
02.07.2019
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Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

An entertaining memoir recalls twenty heady years at the centre of the British music business.

Financial Times
Critic Reviews

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
Critic Reviews

As a publicist, Houghton found himself uniquely placed as both an insider and outsider, watching acts morph from bright young things to industry deities to burn-outs and back to being creative again. Such trajectories involved brilliance, stupidity, ambition, dysfunction, madness, love, hate, sex, alcohol, drugs, bust-ups – and gigantic egos. It’s all here in gory backstage detail . . . Fried and Justified sheds light on a bygone industry that, although flawed, occasionally nurtured genuine misfit-creatives

Barbara Ellen, Observer
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Houghton’s unfussy affection for his charges makes it a celebration of life on the musical margins rather than a compendium of gossip . . . As parallel histories of the UK alternative scene go, this one leaves them all behind.

Jim Wirth, Uncut
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Mick Houghton began his career writing about music before starting as a PR at WEA in 1978. Two years later he set up the independent Brassneck Publicity. He began writing again in 2001 for Mojo and later Uncut, and has since published two books, I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny and Becoming Elektra: The True Story…

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