Did you ever whilst attending a gig take home a memento of that night? Did you catch a broken drumstick as the drummer threw it into the audience in disgust? Maybe you caught one of Morrissey’s gladioli. Maybe you have some record company freebie. Mine since you ask is a pair of Gong boots given to me by a friend who house sat for Mother Gong back in the eighties. Share them here.
Folk who like to read and review stuff ahead of publication might be interested in this just-launched site.
Once you’ve signed up (and constructed a not-too-obviously-bogus persona for yourself) you can request proofs (ie ebooks) from a whole range of publishers including Bloomsbury, Penguin, PanMacmillan, Fourth Estate, Granta, Canongate etc etc. You have to be approved by the publisher whose book you’ve requested, and you have to say where you’re going to post a review, but I would have thought several hundred committed book-buyers on the Afterword would constitute a fairly convincing demographic.
So give it a go if you fancy it.