Anoint My Head – How I Failed to Make it as a Britpop Indie Rockstar
‘Bland and inoffensive with a seriously over-acting singer” NME
It’s 1992 and Horace dreams of becoming a rockstar with his band the Pointy Birds. The only problem is that his day-job (mis)filing vinyl in a Soho record store is stealing all his time and energy, plus rival bands like Suede, Blur, Pulp and Radiohead are moving on to bigger and better things. But then someone called Ricky offers his services as a band manager and at last the dream can start.
Anoint My Head is the tale of a band who didn’t become rich, or famous but had a manager who did. It is also the story of a musical era, and documents the rise of some of the biggest British Britpop bands of the nineties, plus a comedian who went on to write quite a successful sitcom about a paper merchants in Slough.
A coming-of-age story about pursuing your dreams and what happens when reality gets in the way. Perfect for fans of Caitlin Moran, Nicky Hornby & Ricky Gervais.
About The Book
Anoint My Head Podcast
Listen to the first three chapters of Anoint My Head with some musical interludes courtesy of The Pointy Birds and a bit of inter-song/book banter in this one-off podcast.
Anoint My Head Spotify Playlist
There is now a Spotify playlist of all the songs that feature in Anoint My Head. It totals 106 tracks and clocks in at a whopping 7 hours 18 minutes which is probably the amount of time you need to read the book. In this way the playlist doubles up as a kind of scratch and sniff immersive experience. The playlist stays mainly in the early nineties but all sorts of things pop up here and there. To give you an idea of the musical girth – Russ Abbot’s ‘Atmosphere’ sits at one end of the musical spectrum with death metal hardcore noiseniks Benediction at the other, with all sorts of indie-classics inbetween. In addition to the usual Britpop suspects you will find The Sugarcubes, Talk Talk, Galaxie 500, House Of Love, The Lemonheads, Pavement, Tindersticks, Afghan Whigs and of course…The Blow Monkeys. So something for everyone, (there will be an Apple Music one soon too). Enjoy…
Excuse the shameless self-promotion and trumpet-blowing but thought I would share some of the nice things people are saying about the book. These readers are highly intelligent, have exquisite taste and a hilarious sense of humour. Thank you very much. (The cheques are in the post).
Watch Andy Read Chapter One ‘ULU’
Watch the Rock n Roll Book Club show + Live Pointy Birds Songs
An evening of much fun as Andy talked about the book with Tony Gleed and played some Pointy Birds songs…..