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Ongoing History Daily: A great novel set in the music industry

I can count the number of well-written novels set in the music industry on one hand.  In fact, I have a couple of fingers and a thumb left.  There just haven’t been that many really good ones.  But I can recommend this book: Kill Your Friends by John Niven.

It follows a record weasel through England during the last days of Britpop.  There’s lots of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, and can be pretty realistic in the way things used to be in some segments of the music industry–except for the murder part.  I think.  I hope. 

Anyway, it’s a good summertime read. There is a movie version if you want (see the trailer below), but I think the book is much better.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: A great novel set in the music industry

  • Thank you for this article. I’m curious now about what your favourite novels are set in the music industry. Could you please share?


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