Supper with Simon Napier-Bell. ‘Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay – The dodgy business of popular music’ book launch event.
“I look around this low-lit bar in the Kensington Hilton, at the mid-afternoon meetings in a haze of lounge-jazz, and think what a shame they can’t hear us. The world’s highest-grade rock ‘n’ roll gossip and the only person listening is me – and we’ve still got the Marc Bolan and Japan years to come. I feel like standing up and shouting, “Do you know who this person is? This, people, is the tirelessly decadent Simon Napier-Bell – manager, rogue, songwriter, theorist, string-puller, gastronome and loose-lipped bon vivant who’s met everyone in six decades of the pop industry and has a hair-curling story about all of them. Yes, him! For God’s sake, pull up a chair!” THE TIMES
We are delighted to present an evening with the legendary music manager and songwriter, Simon Napier-Bell to promote the release of his new book, ‘Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay – The dodgy business of popular music’.
Simon Napier-Bell, manager of The Yardbirds, T Rex, Marc Bolan, Japan and Wham!, songwriter of Dusty Spingfield’s ‘You don’t have to say you love me’ and author of ‘Black Vinyl White Powder’ will read from his latest book, take questions and tell some of his ‘hair-curling’ stories in the equally as legendary Old Granada Studios. Supper is provided by Teacup.
Prepare yourself to be regaled with the finest rock-n-roll gossip you’ll ever hear, from one of its legendary insiders.
‘A magnificent and major piece of work…To tell such a complicated and wide-screen story with such flow and clarity is… just incredibly impressive.‘ MOJO MAGAZINE
‘One of the best music books I’ve ever read.‘ THE GUARDIAN
‘The only history of pop music you’ll ever need to read.’ HUFFINGTON POST
‘He tells this roller coaster of a story like it is: engaging, amusing, heart-breaking, enraging and appalling with every turn of the page.‘ MARK KNOPFLER, DIRE STRAITS
‘Everyone who considers themselves a serious devotee of contemporary music ought to be encouraged to read it.‘ TOM ROBINSON, BBC 6 MUSIC
Copies of the book will be available to buy on the night and Simon will be on hand to sign any copies.