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God is in the Radio: Barney Hoskyns in conversation with Heath Common

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God Is in the Radio: Unbridled Enthusiasms, 1980–2020 - Barney Hoskyns in conversation with Heath Common

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God Is in the Radio gathers 50 pieces from 40 years of writing passionately about music. A former mainstay of NME and MOJO – and author of such acclaimed books as Hotel California and Small Town Talk – Barney Hoskyns hymns the artists that have thrilled and moved him most, from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse, via the Cocteau Twins and Queens of the Stone Age. Together with acts as varied as Laura Nyro and Luther Vandross, Burial and Bobby Womack, these are the “unbridled enthusiasms” that – for Hoskyns – dissolve the rationalisation of feeling, producing a sense of rapture that borders on religious ecstasy.

Spanning multiple decades and moments of music history, and containing personal reflections as well as recommendations, this is a poignant and evocative must-read book from one of the UK’s foremost music writers.

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Barney Hoskyns is the co-founder and editorial director of Rock’s Backpages, the online library of music journalism. He wrote regularly for NME in the Eighties, and is a former contributing editor at British Vogue and US correspondent for MOJO. He is the author of – among many other books – the bestselling Hotel California (2006), Lowside of the Road (2009), Small Town Talk (2016) and the addiction memoir Never Enough (2017). He has written for The Guardian, Uncut, Spin, Rolling Stone, GQ and many other publications. barneyhoskyns.com

Heath Common is a songwriter, poet and performance-artist from northern England. He began his musical/spoken word career performing in New York City with his mates he had previously met in Britain: Robert Lockwood and Johnny Shines - the stepson and close friend, respectively, of the legendary blues musician Robert Johnson. He was subsequently involved with a diverse number of musicians ranging from the American guitarist John Fahey to the British indie act The Rhythm Sisters. Heath Common continues to work closely with surviving figures from the Beat Movement and is a published poet. Most recently his work features in the recently published anthology 'Viral Verses' (York University Press, 2020), alongside contributions from Ian McMillan, Dame Margaret Drabble, Mike Harding, Ralph McTell and Milly Johnson.


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