My new book

God Is In The Radio
Unbridled Enthusiasms 1980–2020
Barney Hoskyns
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!”
Holly George-Warren
“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.

For further information please contact: DEBRA GEDDES

My All-Time Top 100 Tracks

The great Dave Bates – the guy who signed Teardrop Explodes, Def Leppard, Tears for Fears, Texas & Wet Wet Wet and reinvented the careers of giants like Robert Plant & Scott Walker, then and then resurrected the dormant Fontana label with bands like the House of Love & the Cocteau Twins – invited me to send him a playlist. So I did: the favourite 100 tracks (give or take) I’d stream on my desert island.

You can hear ’em here...

Fave albums 1974-1985

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Johnnie Johnstone of New Perfect Collection asked me and a bunch of other folks to list their 30 best albums released between January 1st, 1974 and December 31st, 1985. As resistant as I am to lists (as blokey and reductive), I couldn’t, well, resist. So here in no particular order are my platters of choice… no doubt fairly bloody obvious, but still as honest as I can be:

Todd Rundgren: Todd

Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey

Joni Mitchell: Court & Spark

Television: Marquee Moon

Talking Heads: ‘77

Associates: Sulk

Gene Clark: No Other

Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti

Earth, Wind & Fire: I Am

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Natty Dread

Ramones: Leave Home

Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures

David Bowie: Low

Al Green: Al Green is Love

Bobby Womack: Lookin’ for a Love Again

Neil Young: Tonight’s the Night

Chic: Risqué

Kate Bush: The Dreaming

Prince: Dirty Mind

Rickie Lee Jones: Pirates

Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones

Steely Dan: Gaucho

Dennis Wilson: Pacific Ocean Blue

Fleetwood Mac: Tusk

Randy Newman: Good Old Boys

Suicide: Suicide

Elvis Costello: Get Happy!!

Donald Fagen: The Nightfly

Luther Vandross: Any Love