Win A Signed Copy of Boy About Town


For those who’d like to read more about the stories behind some of the ancient (i.e. 1970s-1980) photos I’ve been posting recently, Boy About Town will be available in the USA as of next week. And to celebrate, I’m following last week’s rock biography competition with another one: Name your fave music autobiography/memoir, and explain why in 50 words or less, and win a signed copy of Boy About Town. The competition is NOT restricted to the USA; I’ll send it anywhere in the world.


To clarify (again), an autobiography or memoir is a life story, or part of a life story, written by the subject themselves. My books on Keith Moon, The Smiths and R.E.M. are biographies. Who I Am by Pete Townshend is an autobiography. Boy About Town: A Memoir is, as you might be able to guess by its title, a memoir. This competition is for first person autobiographies and memoirs only. And to show that I’m not trying to be all schoolmarm about this, I’ll automatically include those entries from the biography competition that I had to disqualify for being autobiographies, namely Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division by Jon Ginoli, and I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol by Glen Matlock.


I’ll keep the competition running until next Monday, September 23. You can post your responses below in the comments section. They don’t have to be restricted to rock music; they can be any memoir or autobiography about some kind of life in music. (Boy About Town is exempt, though I appreciate the thought!) I’ll choose the winner based on eloquence rather than my personal preference… or put similarly good answers in a hat and draw at random. If you can’t be bothered to enter the competition, go order a copy of Boy About Town over at amazon, your other preferred online retailer, or ask your book store to order it from IPG. Cheers.

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4 Comment(s)

  1. Mark taylor

    18 September, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Malgrave of the marshes John peel – personal insight into someone so modest yet so influential on alternative music of all genres. Completed lovingly and seamlessly by his wife and family upon his death. I cried as much reading it as I did when I heard of his death. LEGEND. RIP.

  2. luis

    19 September, 2013 at 12:20 am

    ‘Clapton’ by Eric Clapton. Why? He wrote it himself (didn’t need a ghostwriter). It’s not about the sex, drugs and R&R, but his feelings and thoughts about them, and how he managed to survive after different tragedies. He’s known to be god, but he’s also human. A very honest one.

  3. Owen

    20 September, 2013 at 11:43 am

    “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division” by Peter Hook
    I don’t like to take everything in that book by face value, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a bunch of basically teenage boys got up into all those shenanigans. I like hearing all the stories that you didn’t hear about the band, because all you hear is death, depression and destruction, but there was a lot more behind them. It’s good, and it’s just the right length, you don’t ever get bored.

  4. David Ross

    20 September, 2013 at 11:58 am

    ‘Bad Vibes’ by Luke Haines. It is set in the peaks and canyons of Luke’s brain, where he should’ve been a contender. In any other sane world this would be a worldwide bestseller spawning movie deals, plays and a range of Luke Haines action figures.

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