John Niven Kill Your Friends Paperback


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Presents a dark, satirical and hysterically funny evisceration of the record business, a place populated by frauds, charlatans and bluffers, where ambition is a higher currency than talent, and where it seems anything can be achieved - as long as you want it badly enough. (Quelle:'Flexibler Einband/07.02.2008')

Schön böser Insiderblick auf die Musikbranche

— frigomann

A magnificiently eloquent downright detestable protagonist in 90's Britpop-London, not for the faint-hearted... I quite enjoyed it though

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    Kill Your Friends Paperback


    26. July 2016 um 09:57

    The reviews for this book are quite mixed, however I am now a big fan of Niven and his style of writing, since it is nothing for the faint-of-heart. Eloquent, yet very strong and descriptive language, disgusting details told in a way you feel almost bad laughing about combined with political highly inccorect statements concerning women, black people, gays etc. What furthermore got me hooked to this book was the timeframe - Britpop 90's, a time I remember very fondly, listening to Pulp, Oasis, Blur and the like.Steven is in A&R (Artist and Repertoire) at a music label and his job is to find the next super hit, the next Michael Jackson, the next big shooting star that is going to make him rich and ensures his position within the company. However, as some of his ventures go terribly wrong, he has to take measures that go beyond mobbing and regular manipulation, it gets downright gory! We get details on how the music industry works and how many drugs/alcohol are consumed, how many women are f*** and how many hookers are ordered. Every trip Steven takes borders on Fear-and-Loathing-in-Las-Vegas-territory and gets outlandisher every time. In a way the protagonist reminded me of Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) in his egomanic, nihilistic and anti-social behaviour and thoughts and I thus can relate why some people might feel repulsed by Steven. I however really enjoy controversial characters with foul-mouths and exaggerated drug-habits - it is rather the goody-good characters that I perceive to be a waste of precious reading-time.So if you are looking for a vastly entertaining read with some good old 90's nostalgia, political incorrect jokes and a very screwed up character, Kill your friends is the way to go!!!

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    Kill Your Friends Paperback


    03. April 2016 um 20:29

    This book is so awful, I couldn't even be bothered to finish it, which I usually don't do. Really, really horrible.

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