Author: John Barrow Title: How Not To Make It In The Pop World
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What a great book! John Barrow has somehow managed to cram a lifetime's experiences of flirting with "the bigtime" into 271 pages of "I don't want to put it down" readability. There's not a dull paragraph in any of the 33 chapters covering John's musical odyssey - from humble beginnings gigging around the country in a one-foot-in-the-grave tranny van, to appearances on Top of the Pops & sell out tours supporting icons of the 80's such as Culture Club & Iggy Pop, this highly enjoyable journey is narrated like you were enjoying a pint down the pub with the man - by the end of the book I felt like I'd been a mate of John's for years!

This book also serves as a superb guide to the "do's & don'ts" of making a career in the fickle jungle that is the mainstream music industry - a must read for any dedicated indie musician aiming for chart success.

Reviewer: Mark Edwards