11 May 2008
I've always been a keen magazine reader, the kind of person who checks the news-stands every day to see what's new and writes the on-sale dates of some magazines in his diary. Back in the 80s, I read Crash and Amstrad Action avidly; in the 90s, I bought either Melody Maker or NME each week (and often both); and today I read the glossy monthly music mags. One of my favourites is Record Collector, so I'm thrilled that they've published a four-star review of my novel 'University of Death' in the latest issue.
"Raising a number of surprisingly sophisticated issues, this book is enjoyably cynical about the seemingly cold-hearted and impenetrable nature of the record industry and peppered with a number of highly comical cameos from the cream of rock'n'roll, which ensures that it never feels like heavy going."
- Lewis Heritage, books reviewer, Record Collector magazine issue 350 (June 2008)
Record Collector is one of the magazines I trust to tell me about music and books I'll want to read, and it's one I look forward to consulting each month, so I really am delighted that their writer enjoyed my book and has recommended it to other readers.
One thing I used to love about Record Collector was that they had a guy called Tim Jones who used to take mid-80s AOR/soft metal very seriously indeed, and would write knowledgeably and passionately about the likes of Toto, Marillion and Mr Mister.
It's a genre of music I find utterly loathesome, but I always thought it was rather admirable to be so committed in the face of taste, fashion, history and critical consensus.
Record Collector is an extremely broad church - from punk to MOR, folk to hiphop, with everything in between. That's one of the things that's great about it. You can choose which bits to read of course, but it's nice to read a magazine that doesn't just take the mickey out of anyone over 25, and doesn't look down on the up and coming artists either. It's extremely positive in its approach, while still giving honest reviews.
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