Paper Cuts by Ted Kessler – Published by White Rabbit
Ted Kessler is a music journalist who wrote for both NME and Q amongst others, in the nineties and noughties. This is an account of his life but also serves as an overview of the English music press and (sadly) its demise. The author pulls no punches, painting himself as a bit of a clown who got lucky but who had one thing going for him: he could write. He covers the rise of Oasis, Radiohead, Aphex Twin and his brother’s band Interpol and much else.
His account is a bit rambling and all over the place, a bit like the author’s own life, but what comes across is his passion for both music and quality music writing. Anyone who misses the English music press, with its high and low points, will really enjoy this.