Michael Odell is a rock journalist, now writing for The Times, who cut his teeth with the NME and Melody Maker, before becoming a contributing editor at Q magazine during its heyday, the period which is covered by this book.
Despite the rather ominous sub-title ‘A Music Writer’s Journey Into Madness’, this is no heavyweight dry memoir on the very serious issue of mental illness. It is a humorous book by and large, which takes a quirky and sardonic look at the author’s seemingly glamorous life style at the time, jetting off around the world to interview rock stars, while trying to maintain a ‘normal’ home life with his partner and young son, and how this ultimately led to pretty much a full on nervous breakdown. With the help of his therapist, the redoubtable Mrs Henckel, he looks back into his past, his family life as an immigrant in the UK, and his teenage friendships and hopes and aspirations, in an attempt to get to the bottom of his issues. Along the way, he meets Bowie, Bono, Macca, the Gallaghers and Pete Doherty. Ultimately though, he must face the big question – is it, as his partner suggests, » Continue Reading.