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This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees. and “You give me the horn”, although these look pretty tame compared with what followed in the men’s mag sector, when imitators such as FHM and Maxim entered the market and began competing over “nipple counts”. To a certain extent it reflected the times: Brit Pop, post-rave, indie/dance crossovers, the Premier League, new drugs, Trainspotting, the internet, cheap flights and post yuppie ‘new men’. James Brown is a legend and might not have made it out alive from his career as creator and chief of Loaded magazine in the 1990s. James records all of this with candour, sensitivity and an unflinching eye for detail, which means that Animal House is both uproariously funny and oddly sobering too.

This is my relatively small knowledge of Brown up until now having written a brutely honest, sometimes lighthearted and lessons in life book entitled Animal House published via Quercus books. Under the mentorship of IPC’s Alan Lewis, he brought together a small team to create a rough sketch of the mag. The readership of GQ increased, James’s salary increased and, perhaps more importantly, his new employer recognised he needed something and was prepared to pay for it. Brown is generous in the book when it comes to the staff whose talents made the mag what it was: Jon Wilde’s interview skills, say, or Rowan Chernin’s loved-up club reports.James travelled up and down the country with bands like The Redskins and The Three Johns, hopped up on cheap cider and raw enthusiasm, making connections and flexing his writing wings. Suddenly it’s colourful, unabashed reverberations could be felt everywhere, from Chris Evans’ TFI Friday to the newly revamped Radio One. Animal House (2021) is the creator and editor James Brown's story of his humble beginnings in Leeds, to becoming become features editor at NME, his three years at the helm of Loaded, his tenure at GQ and his battle with the alcohol and drug addiction that very nearly consumed him.

Brown at least displays self-awareness throughout, yet still finds space to disingenuously fill his pages with accolades whilst feigning disinterest. Now, I'm not sure if it was the experience as mentioned above or the fact that the book just became a tirade of name dropping and self appreciation but it started to become very dislikeable, to the point where I barely finished it.

This is a very well written account of a glorious time in modern history, one that is personal to me anyway as a rabid subscriber to the mag in its genre-shaking first three years. I can’t hear anything from all the gigs, my eyes have gone from screens, my teeth are fucked, I’ve got arthritis in my hands, I’m overweight, my knees are knackered, the X-rays of my legs look like a broken bottle … ” He trails off for a second, then smiles.

He is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing and the Nelson Algren Award in Short Fiction. Along the way they dream up genius headlines like ‘Fifty ways to lose your liver’, ‘Chocolate and the Charlie factory’ and ‘Sushi and the van keys’. More recently, Jermaine Beckford scoring a winner for Leeds v Bristol Rovers which got the ten-man LUFC promoted from League 1 in the dying minutes of a game. In many ways publishing is a less exciting place these days, but Brown says that’s only if you look at magazines rather than the abundance of creativity on social media platforms such as Twitter and TikTok.James clearly had similar thoughts, and we get tales of misadventures in hotels, on planes and in caves. Was here for the anecdotes about the people in the 'scene' in the ,80s,/90s but all you get is Brown's impact on the 80s/90s. The partaking of indulgences that often goes hand in hand with rock and roll can lead to habits that are detrimental to health. The first few chapters reeled me in in excited anticipation, so I decided to reach out to the author and applaud him on a good read, and to see if he may have remembered me (I wasn't expecting him to by the way but I wanted to show support). Yet when I think back to the 1990's, the decade that made me and was one of great social and cultural change in this country, I really wish we could.

Another early drunken incident at the company involved him throwing a champagne bottle through the office window and on to a waiting minivan. I had demos at my fanzine and record labels would give us tapes at NME, but mainly we got white labels or advance tapes. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. Which leads me to my next point that I don't think as a reader you really get to know James, he only briefly lets the reader in to his emotions when he talks of his Mum's struggles with her mental health and her death, the rest of the time it feels like he's putting on a front.The James Brown I know would rather play keepie-uppies on Filey beach with his small son than go clubbing down the Reeperbahn with Primal Scream.

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