Boy About Town competition winner

Congratulations to Pascal Cheng, who has just won himself a signed copy of Boy About Town. Pascal joined a shortlist of seven readers who chose to put forth their fave musical memoir/autobiography and explain why. I allocated each of the seven a number and used to choose the winner. Fortunately, this time out, I didn’t know any of the entrants personally – though I filmed the process just in case.

Pascal’s choice, which he nominated on my Facebook page, was for Bob Dylan’s ‘Chronicles,’ which I likewise devoured enthusiastically shortly after publication. The other candidates, all nominated here at iJamming!, were:

‘Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division’ by Peter Hook
‘Bad Vibes’ by Luke Haines.
‘Clapton’ by Eric Clapton.
‘Margrave of the marshes’ by John Peel
‘Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division’ by Jon Ginoli
‘I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol’ – Glen Matlock

I can definitely recommend the books by Peel and Haines, can’t remember the Matlock one so well, and will try my best to read the others. Was surprised no one mentioned Keith Richards. But in the lack of that obvious choice, I’ll throw one out there by a cult artist whose music I greatly admire, and whose written word I think I now admire just as much: Black Postcards by Dean Wareham, of Galaxie 500, Luna, and now Dean and Britta. Like Luke Haines’ Bad Vibes, it’s from the pen of someone who made it, sort of, certainly when it comes to critical acclaim, but didn’t ever quite make the mainstream and the money that goes with it. Fortunately, Wareham lacks bitterness and is willing to look in the mirror to apportion the blame – though plenty of it falls on the vagaries of the music industry and his band-mates.

Cheers and thanks to those who entered. It’s all in the name of culture.


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