Rock ‘n’ roll is littered with stories from those fortunate to be in and around the scene over the years, whether that be from the bands or artists themselves, or those who work tirelessly in the background away from the public eye. Kim Hawes’ story is one which is as extraordinary as any that has been written down the years. A girl brought up in the quiet village of Hesketh Bank on the outskirts of Lancashire, she managed to forge her way into the position of tour manager for one of the world’s most notorious rock bands, amongst many others. Her new book, ‘Confessions of a Female Tour Manager’, out in September, is a self-confessed tongue in cheek look at the true story of her life in the industry. Continue reading
This is a brilliant, uplifting debut novel that harks back to the likes of Nick Hornby’s, High Fidelity, combining life, love and music into one compelling story, reaffirming my belief that lad lit is a genre that deserves far more credit and coverage than it currently receives. Continue reading
Netflix have outdone themselves yet again with one of their most addictive and best TV shows. Based on the 2007 book by Petra Hammesfahr, The Sinner is a show that takes you on a journey of suspense and edge to unearth a plot that never ceases to enthral. Continue reading
The End of the F***ing World Review
Hailed as one of Netflix’s finest shows comes, ‘The End of the F***ing World’, an eight-part mini-series that can be completed in one evening sitting given its twenty-minute-long episodes.
I kept seeing this book on the bestsellers shelves in various stores, and after seeing it on a ‘Richard & Judy Best of the Year’ list, as well as The Sunday Times overall bestselling novel of 2017, I was convinced to give it a go.
Having been pointed in Karen Woods’ direction after a book signing in Tesco Middleton by their staff, I felt the need to check out a fellow Mancunian Author, who, as the staff put it, is ‘raw and gritty, writing stories about Manchester.’
I had the pleasure of meeting Karen after this sound advice and she told me to read Bagheads first from her vast collection (18 books now! Impressive!). Continue reading
From debut novelist, Mary O’Meara, comes, ‘A Certain Kind of Light’, a compelling and beautifully written love story that goes above and beyond the archetypical theme you might expect within the romance market, giving a fresh and unique approach to the genre.
Who are we? A very simple question with the most varied and complex of answers. Well, as a race we are far from perfect. You only need to switch the news on to find evidence of that with the majority of story’s revolving around violence, war and poverty, an array of terrible things we do to each other on a personal and global scale. But how did we end up this way? Where did we go so wrong? ‘I AM’, a truly powerful documentary film by director Tom Shadyac investigates why? For those unfamiliar with Shadyac, he is as he puts it, “the man to make Jim Carrey talk out of his arse,” a pun in identifying himself as the man who directed ‘Ace Ventura’, ‘Bruce Almighty’ and ‘The Nutty Professor’ amongst other comedies.
From the subtle, musical plains of Heaton Moor, Stockport comes the scintillating and emotional biography of ‘Haven’, a band very nearly on the cusp of realising their potential, unjustly falling victim to the economic decline that shadowed the music industry and the UK in the mid to late 2000’s.
The Doors: Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes On Trial is a book written in 2013 by Doors drummer, John Densmore, documenting the 2004 legal battle between himself and the other surviving Doors members at the time, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger.