REVIEW: How NOT to make it in the Pop World (Diary of an almost has-been) by John Barrow

Title: How NOT to make it in the Pop World (Diary of an almost has-been)
Author: John Barrow
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
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Genre: Autobiography
Publication date: 2006
ISBN: 1412014131
Length: 285 pages
Format: Paperback

Come put your hands together for this great memoir by John Barrow!



John Barrow is living proof that you can survive the dizzying heights and live the dream of near successes of being a pop idol, long before the days of our pop idol began. Whilst we struggled through the daily grind and general drudgery of life, he was rubbing shoulders with the stars on Top of the Pops (ToTP), signing with Independent Labels, mingling with the holy grail of all DJ's - John Peel, and attending roadshows. Pop heaven. In fact, for a (very short) while he was rich, famous and loved by all - especially women! Feted and fawned over like royalty. The Singing Lorries, I mean, The Swinging Laurels even appeared on Cheggers Plays Pop! Oh yes, for a while he had all the trappings that came with success, but never quite made it.

Beneath the glamour and glitz, however, far from his singing with a hairbrush days, his life was filled with broken promises, hidden expenses, breaches of contracts and even frosty looks from "her indoors" (the wife). Not to mention angry Scottish Nationaists, bunny boilers, false pregnancies, long hours of traveling and strange beds. Need I go on? I would have thought this would have been enough to send him running in the other direction, even if it was just for the sake of his sanity. But no, through thick and thin, Mr Barrow stuck it out to the bitter end.

Humour aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's fun and entertaining, and really does show how hard one works in the cut throat world of the music business.

Things not to say to John Barrow, No.1: "Hey! I saw you on telly. I bet you're rolling in it!"

Sassy Brit
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