with Peter Guttridge
Saturday 6th October 8pm–9pm
£10 Queen’s Hall
Rock Bottom: A Music Writer’s Journey into Madness
Rock Bottom is a tale of loving, living and surviving rock music. Michael Odell is a rock music writer who takes his responsibility as cultural gatekeeper seriously; he asks rock stars the forbidden questions to discover whether they’re worthy of readers’ admiration but he suddenly has a public meltdown while chaperoning Oasis. Reluctantly, he consults a no-nonsense therapist with zero experience of pop music. He must confront the question: is it finally time to grow up and forget rock’n’roll?
Michael Odell is a former contributing editor to Q magazine and has written about music for NME, the Guardian, the Independent and Spin. He lives in Bristol.
Rock and Roll is Life: the true story of the Helium Kids by one who was there
This novel is the story of a rock band at a formative time in musical history – inspired by the great ’60s and ’70s supergroups, and of the tales brought back from the front line by the alchemists and enablers – when America was opening its doors to English music and huge amounts of money and selfgratification were there for the taking. Rock and Roll is Life is a worm’s-eye view of British pop music’s golden age and a bittersweet personal journey, with cameo appearances from everyone from Elvis and the Queen Mother to Andy Warhol.
D.J. Taylor is a renowned biographer and novelist, also well known as a critic and reviewer.
Peter Guttridge returns as a Cuckfield Book Festival interviewer and will be in conversation with Michael and David.
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