No Off Switch Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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"Andy Kershaw is such an enthusiast . He has an ability to do things first and ask questions afterward" (Michael Palin)
"It's his ability to convey a sense of moment-by-moment aliveness that makes Andy Kershaw, the greatest living English-language broadcaster" (Toby Litt New Statesman)
"Kershaw has had one hell of a life ... strange and comic" (Independent on Sunday)
"Confirms what a fine travel writer he is, with a particularly sharp eye for the telling detail. Andy Kershaw will always be something of a hero" (Daily Mail)
"I make it a rule not to puff books, but Andy Kershaw's NO OFF SWITCH is sensational. An amazing read. An amazing man." (Stephen Fry Twitter)
'I make it a rule not to puff books but Andy Kershaw's NO OFF SWITCH is sensational. An amazing read. An amazing man.' - Stephen FrySee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
And so when I picked up Andy Kershaw's No Off Switch, I was drawn in at once to his fascinating, first-hand account of this world. The book is humorous and full of energy and cheek. Kershaw's lived a life most of us can only dream of, and still, the book is accessible, relatable.
I was touched by Kershaw's honesty and self-deprecating candour about his shyness throughout his youth. About the time he worked up enough courage to approach the cool, assured Entertainment Secretary in the student union at Leeds University; a guy with `bog-brush hair'--a much older, mature student--and ask him for his job when he left. It was Kershaw's first day at uni. He was scrawny and `looked about twelve,' in comparison. And even though he was terrified and the guys hanging around nearby laughed him off, the Secretary, Steve, immediately signed Kershaw up as an Entertainment steward. `I was in. I was signed up. Me. I belonged,' Kershaw writes.
This is just the beginning. Kershaw has a way of inviting the reader in--of hauling us into the moment, right beside him. While he's travelled to 97 of the world's 193 countries, reported from the frontlines during the Rwanda genocide, worked alongside Billy Bragg and the Rolling Stones, his fears and insecurities, his enthusiasm, are what makes this book come alive. Which of us doesn't want to belong? Which of us still remembers the day we stood, with nervous energy, in a crowd at our first concert, our ears blasted by stereo noise, cherishing our ticket stubs?
I highly recommend this book; it captures the essence of youth and is an all-around entertaining read.
His book has just that same blast of single-minded enthusiasm that his shows did then. I knew I liked the music he liked: now I find he doesn't like the same music I don't like, such as U2 and Led Zeppelin: good to know! His account is as honest and straightforward as you'd expect, beautifully written, no fools suffered, opinions bluntly expressed, very, very funny, and a lot harder to put down than almost any thriller I've read. You don't need to like world music - or even music much, for that matter - to like No Off Switch. It's just a glorious romp through the life of a permanent fan who has unearthed great music, has met a lot of interesting (and some great) people, and been to some seriously bad places like Haiti and Angola. The guy's a real national treasure.
I'm pleased he's over his personal problems and back on form: we need him more than ever (and I'm far from being a leftie like him). But Andy, it may be a thick book but it's still way too short - I hope you're going to put pen to paper again soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good read, great in sight into his later work, and many travelsPublished 23 days ago by stubrown0
Great read, what an interesting life Andy has led and what an intellect!Published 3 months ago by Katherine Burke
One of the best, if not the best, autobiographies I have ever read. Intensely moving yet very funny, it's a no-holds barred look into the soul of a man who has led an... Read morePublished 6 months ago by HKC
Entertaining, informative book tho' at times I wished that Andy would indeed find his 'off switch' as he seems to have an opinion on absolutely everything. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ellen
Brilliant value. I didn't expect to get the hardback, was delighted. Very quick delivery.Published 15 months ago by Noel Carroll
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