God Is In The Radio
Unbridled Enthusiasms 1980–2020
Published 29th July
ISBN: 9781913172381, paperback, pre order HERE
“Calmly and wisely, Hoskyns has observed planet rock revolving for four decades, like a benevolent extraterrestrial observer. Here he has assembled a selection of informed judgements on the greatest acts of his tenure, an assortment of opinions you can now make your own.” Stewart Lee
“Hoskyns’ instincts are immaculate. They re-master the music, stripping it back so you hear it like it was meant to sound.” Jez Butterworth
“Sparkles with style and digs deep with substance… a page-turner!”
“Sharp as a brand-new stylus, warm as a favourite scarf, Hoskyns’ writing is the music-lover’s ideal companion.” Richard Williams
Published July 29th by Omnibus Press, God Is In The Radio gathers together 50 carefully-chosen pieces of writing from author Barney Hoskyns’ 40 years of music journalism. A former mainstay of NME and MOJO, and author of acclaimed books Hotel California and Small Town Talk, in God Is In The RadioHoskyns writes about his “unbridled enthusiasms”: the artists who’ve thrilled and moved him most over four decades.
Hoskyns explains, “Anthologising one’s own work is always a vanity project, but here is writing from 40 years that, I hope, expresses the love and wonder I feel when I listen to Sinatra or Bacharach, Laura Nyro or PJ Harvey, Bobby Bland or Burial. For me, music has always been a healing power, transmitted through the airwaves to soothe and move the fearful heart. God Is In The Radio is a kind of hymn to that power.”
God Is In The Radio is a poignant and evocative collection from one of the UK’s most acclaimed and prolific music writers that is a must read for all music fans.
About the author:
Barney Hoskyns is the co-founder and editorial director of Rock’s Backpages, the online library of pop writing and journalism. He began writing for NME in the early ’80s and is a former contributing editor at British Vogue and U.S. correspondent for MOJO. His first book, 1987’s Say It One Time for the Brokenhearted, was a study of southern “country soul” that was followed up by his book on Prince, 1988’s Imp of the Perverse. He is the author of – among many other subsequent books – the bestselling Hotel California (2006), the Tom Waits biography Lowside of the Road (2009), Trampled Under Foot (2012), an oral history of Led Zeppelin, and Small Town Talk, a history of the music scene in and around Woodstock, and the addiction memoir Never Enough (2017). He has written for The Guardian, Uncut, Spin, Rolling Stone, GQ and many other publications.
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