The author's previous memoir, the often-hilarious You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, detailed his career in the pop industry from his esteemed position as joint-roller for the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra to his later role as manager of huge acts such as Japan and Wham! With such a career behind him, his range of contacts and experiences result in an often breathtaking sprint through the history of pop, incorporating major icons such as Elvis and the Beatles to leading figures from numerous late 90s dance movements. In Black Vinyl he diligently notes the particular pharmaceuticals used in order to satisfy the creative and, more often, hedonistic needs of the artists in question. Fascinating anecdotes abound, from the amusing, (such as the report of keyboard player Graham Bond's frequently heard airport custom's cry, "If you want the drugs I've got them up my arse"), to the tragic, (as figures from Syd Barrett to Kurt Cobain fall by the wayside, their drug habits supported, if not actively encouraged by an industry where such behaviour is the norm).
If a fault can be aimed at this mostly enjoyable read, it is that Napier-Bell's insistence on maintaining the link between drug-taking and the music it frequently accompanies often results in a sensationalist tabloid feel which steers him away from the more revealing anecdotal style that proved so enjoyable in his earlier book. However, his droll approach is always entertaining and Black Vinyl White Powder is recommended to anyone interested in an industry where, according to one interviewee, half of those involved are left with "scrambled eggs for brains". --Steve Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If Simon Napier Bell doesn't know the music industry no one does.
This book is a real insight into the Rock and pop music business.
A very interesting read.
Fascinating. Very fascinating. For musicians and music fans alike, this is ace. Very well researched and written by a man that has lived it.Published 5 months ago by Nick Langley
brought as a present
Friend is looking forward to reading it
I have read the first book in this "trilogy" and he does tend to repeat himself a bit. He is good fun though and writes entertainingly. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Suze
i used to know a few of these people in the book so was interesting to see the literal characterPublished 10 months ago by SammiLou
Brilliant book on the British (and to a great extent American) music scene of the last 60 years or so. Written by someone on the inside with no axe to grind and very frank. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Moldgeier
Fascinating, frank, funny, knowledgeable, full of insight, well constructed and thoughtful. I liked this very much and would recommend it highly.Published on 13 May 2013 by Mrs. Gillian Reynolds
An entertaining and interesting book.Napier -Bell tells a good story. The personalities,the stars.the drugs that fuel the music business are all here.Published on 7 May 2013 by DMC Runner