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Number One in Heaven: The Heroes Who Died for Rock 'n' Roll Paperback – 5 Oct 2006
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About the Author
Jeremy Simmonds has spent seven years collecting his thoughts for this book. He's a successful writer in the world of television and radio and worked for many years on the cult BBC show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He's also worked for Melody Maker, written three editions of The Rough Guide to Rock as well as the BBC Books' tie-in to Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He lives, and obsesses over dead rock stars, in London.
Top customer reviews
It goes without saying that I particularly enjoyed the sections on the artists that I have 'known' and loved - Kurt Cobain, who has a huge amount of space devoted to him, Michael Hutchence, Zac Foley, and Richie from the Manics (not actually dead but...). A lot of people I didn't know had died and was pretty shocked - The London Boys! What?!
How could I give this book any less than 5 stars? My only concern was that Frank Sinatra had a tiny amount of space, and the mention of a Paul Hewson without prior warning nearly gave me a heart attack! Not the world-saving one it should be pointed out.
A MUST buy for any music fan in your household. And a MUST stay on your bookshelf for all time. Or at least till Simmonds does a follow up...
Jeremy Simmonds writes in an easy conversational style that makes the passages about those people you don't know as interesting as those you do. Highly recommended and, given the mortality rate of the music business, surely worth a second edition!
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