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Louder In The Regions: ZOE HOWE in Conversation: The Woolpack Inn, YORK
Wed 12 July 2017, 19:30 – 22:00 BST
Zoë Howe is a music biographer, musician, artist and long time comrade of Louder Than Words, having worked with the festival since its inception. In this special event Zoë will discuss her debut novel Shine On, Marquee Moon, a rock ‘n’ roll love story with a dark heart and a twist of satire, celebrating the extremes of the music business and exposing the hilarious and often bizarre reality of life on and off the road.
Shine On, Marquee Moon was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize For Fiction 2016, was Blackwell’s ‘Independent Book Of The Month’ on release, and recently was featured by NME as one of their ‘objects of desire’.
Shine On is also Zoë’s first self-published book, and she will talk to us about why she made the decision to go ‘DIY’ with her debut, as well as touching on her previous books, which include Lee Brilleaux: Rock ’n’ Roll Gentleman, Barbed Wire Kisses - The Jesus and Mary Chain Story, Wilko Johnson - Looking Back At Me, Stevie Nicks - Visions, Dreams and Rumours and Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits.
"Shine on, Marquee Moon is everything you'd expect from Zoë Howe: warm, wry, evocative and unconventional. This is an author who knows the idiosyncrasies of the music business and captures them all with candour and affection in a novel that is funny, fierce and better than most comeback tours.”
– Jane Bradley, founder and director of For Books’ Sake.
"Tangled romance, ripe idiocy, monstrous self-delusion and 'that familiar backstage smell - hairspray, sweat, alcohol, dust burning on lightbulbs' ... Zoë Howe's crackling account of life around a rock band is fast, funny and superbly well-observed"
– Mark Ellen, music journalist and editor (Smash Hits, The Word, Select, Mojo, Q), broadcaster and author of Rock Stars Stole My Life