An Everyday Story of Rock'n'roll Folk
By (author) Kevin Sampson
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Powder by Kevin Sampson
Book DescriptionKeva McCluskey craves success. Other bands are making it big and now his worst enemy is on MTV. Without being recognised among the great songwriters of our time, Keva feels he cannot confront his horrific past. That's why he formed the Grams. James Love wants all the sex, cocaine and groupies that fame can bring him. That's why he joined the Grams. Guy de Burnet wants to sell records the ethical way. That's why he formed a record label which prizes morality as highly as platinum discs. When he signs the Grams, it can only end in tears.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099289968
(198mm x 129mm x 31mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 25-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Extra Time, Paperback (November 2012)» View all books by Kevin Sampson
Any serious football fan will know, anyone who doesn't go to every game, home and away, from Arsenal to Vladikavkaz is a part-time supporter. The author gets to 90 per cent of Liverpool's matches. In this title, he relates his journeys that take us from a pre-season friendly at Crewe to Chelsea, Celtic, Newcastle, and beyond.
US Kirkus Review » Narcissism runs rampant in UK rock 'n' roll as depicted by first-novelist Sampson, who once managed a Liverpool pop group and so knows whereof he speaks. Regrettably, he speaks here through the voice and head of Keva McCluskey, one of the dreariest antagonists in recent fiction. Keva is pissed off into his upper follicles because his group, The Grams, has been beaten out by an inferior group, Sensira, for the cover of New Musical Express. What's more, that little twat Helmet, Sensira's leader, steals the wisdom out of Keva's mouth while never mentioning The Grams, with whom he played earlier. Meanwhile, Keva's turning 30, his youth gone. Then Guy de Burrett, a once-hot-shot manager just out of rehab, wants to start up an artist's label. When Guy hears The Grams, he knows they have soul to burn. "Desert Rain" hits the top 40 at 29, and the band is in. Keva finds he's tired at the top, but The Grams drive mobs mental in the States. Money chews at the soul, Keva gets the shakes as they're about to play Central Park, yet his hallucinations lead to writing "Wellness." Much harsher than Almost Famous. Too bad it's not nearly as good. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Kevin Sampson
Kevin Sampson is the author of seven novels - Awaydays, Powder, Leisure, Outlaws, Clubland, Freshers, Stars are Stars and Lawless - and a work of non-fiction, Extra Time. He lives and works in Liverpool.
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