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Kill Your Friends

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by John Niven
 

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AS the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through London’s music industry. Blithely crisscrossing the globe in search of the next megahit—fueled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine—Stelfox freely indulges in an unending orgy of

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AS the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through London’s music industry. Blithely crisscrossing the globe in search of the next megahit—fueled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine—Stelfox freely indulges in an unending orgy of self-gratification. But the industry is changing fast and the hits are drying up, and the only way he’s going to salvage his sagging career is by taking the idea of “cutthroat” to murderous new levels.

Editorial Reviews

Douglas Coupland
“I loved Kill Your Friends. Who didn’t? Scorched earth humor at its finest.”
Booklist
“A very dark, viciously funny novel.”
Word magazine
“Kill Your Friends is the most exciting British novel since Trainspotting.”
Bookseller (London)
“Like the product of an unholy union between Bret Easton Ellis and Martin Amis...the reader is alternately shocked and left crying with laughter.”
Word Magazine
"Kill Your Friends is the most exciting British novel since Trainspotting."
Publishers Weekly

With the record industry in turmoil, this thoroughly twisted roman à clef from a former A&R insider couldn't seem timelier. Set in 1997, this debut novel follows the loathsome and morally bankrupt 27-year-old Steven Stelfox as he curses, drinks and snorts his way through a cutthroat career. Crass and bitter, Steven despises everything that originally inspired him, and as the bills pile up from his various illicit habits and ventures, he tries in vain to find the "next big thing" so he can secure another bundle of money. Satirizing Big Music, the novel brims with self-evident truths-as Steven explains, he usually only hits one in every 10 acts, but even that allows him to do better than most. As Steven's arrogance precariously struggles against a healthy dose of paranoia, he faces his ultimate nightmare: he might actually have to sober up, do some work and break out a decent record by a decent act. This is not for the easily offended, but readers with at least a slightly deranged bent will have a ball. (Jan.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061690617
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Series:
P.S. Series
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
235,619
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 5.32(h) x 0.79(d)

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Douglas Coupland
“I loved Kill Your Friends. Who didn’t? Scorched earth humor at its finest.”

Meet the Author

John Niven was born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland. He has written for The Times (London), The Independent, Word, and FHM, among others. He is the author of the novella Music from Big Pink and the novel Kill Your Friends.

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Kill Your Friends 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kdheeb More than 1 year ago
Very dark, sinister, and sickly funny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wild, anarchic, original. Shocking behaviour, outrageous antics and a plot that just keeps pulling you in! I loved this book, can't recommend it highly enough!
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1997 A&R guru twenty-seven year old Steven Stelfox suffers from the modern day deadly sins of arrogance, gluttony due to drug abuse and avarice. He rises rather quickly to the top of the music industry the phenomenal success of one act that makes it for every ten he finds. However, as the alcohol, cocaine and orgies pile on; he goes into a slump as the successes suddenly go empty. He owes a fortune and has no prospects back to the top as he is down near the bottom and sinking into the ooze below.
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Angry, acrimoniously, and acidly, Steven despises everyone as he blames their jealousy for his fall from grace, but also loathes himself for failing to find the next hit wonder. With his ego still super, Steven is also paranoid that his friends are using and abusing him costing him his career. He ponders cleaning up in order to kill the competition and finding a hit to refuel his dying career.
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This is a weird but entertaining satirical look at the British music industry. Stelfox is a fascinating character as he self destructs with fame and fortune, but blames others while plotting his comeback as he considers a few corpses on his climb back to the top of the A&R discovery world do not matter. John Niven provides a dark insider look at the music mega business in which cutthroat backstabbing even friends is the norm.
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Harriet Klausner