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  • Published: 2 June 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099289968
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $28.99


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Guy de Burret has just completed rehab after nearly choking on a cocktail of drugs. The youngest son in a banking dynasty, Guy became the most successful talent scout in the music business before he was 20. Every company wanted his ears. Rapidly disenchanted with the immorality of the business, hating his own role in sending talent onto the production line, Guy descended into a slough of low-rent whoring and drug-bingeing around King's Cross. Admitted to a detox clinic, he is only now stepping back out into society. All he wants is to find Ella, his favourite hooker, and take the pair of them away from all this. Then he see the Grams and is reminded why he got into music in the first place. He feels fated to nurture this group, to protect them form the injustices and ravages of the international music business. He will use his money to start up an ethical, creative record company which treats its artists with real respect. Can it work? Can Guy stay true to his principles? Will he find Ella? Can any young pop group evade the pitfalls of fame, sex, drugs and all their inherent baggage? Will the Grams headline the Glastonbury festival? And, crucially, can their guitarist achieve orgasm with a fully-limbed lover?

  • Pub date: 2 June 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099289968
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $28.99

About the Author

Kevin Sampson

Kevin Sampson is the author of eight novels, as well as Extra Time, his account of a season in the life of a Liverpool FC fanatic, and the moving narrative of the Hillsborough tragedy, Hillsborough Voices. He has also contributed to football anthologies, including Here We Go Gathering Cups in May and Redmen, which he also edited.
Kevin is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer and the award-winning LFC podcast, The Anfield Wrap. He lives on Merseyside where he is a long-term supporter of CALM, a charity specialising in the mental health needs of young males.
You can find him at @ksampsonwriter on Twitter.

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