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ISBN 1841953717 / 9781841953717 / 1-84195-371-7
Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
List price $15.00
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Liverpool -- 2002. Keva McCluskey is down and almost out. Despondent, embittered by the meteoric rise of a local rival, Sensira, he's close to quitting his dream -- of leading his own group, the Grams, to the acclaim and success it unquestionably deserves. But fortune starts to smile when the Grams get picked up by Guy de Bure, a hot young producer with a point to prove who is launching a new label. So begins the Grams' roller-coaster ride to the top. Fame, money, drugs, women -- they get more of all of these than they can cope with. But it's on their return to the States, for a grueling thirty-five-city tour to crack this elusive but enormously lucrative market, that things truly start to unravel. From the city that gave the world the Beatles comes Kevin Sampson's riotous, knowing, and totally compelling novel about a band on the make. Powder is also a frighteningly accurate lowdown on the machinations of the music business written by a man who has experienced them from the inside. "Read it and weep. And think twice before you give up the day job." -- New Musical Express (London) "All young bands should be made to read Powder, if it doesn't put them off, nothing will." -- The Times (London) "A pacey and hilarious catalogue ... a portrait of the contemporary music industry that is almost uncanny in its accuracy." -- Independent (London) "A code-red book ... drop what you're reading and read this immediately." -- Alex James of Blur [via]