James Kennedy – Noise Damage
Throughout my years of working with bands I have often heard horror stories of what life is really like for the up ‘n’ coming artists out there. Struggles like having the car/van stolen with the gear inside, not being paid by a dodgy venue owner, stages collapsing, half the band being too drunk to play and even a sad, sad night in a Newport boozer when nobody turned up except for the band and a lone barman by the name of Will (who spent most of the night reading an e book on his tablet). These nightmares and lots more are true, they really happen. They make or break a band.
I was justifiably delighted when a Twitter message hit my inbox informing me that someone else has had similar misfortunes and was not only able to stand up and fly the flag for the underdog, but that he had only gone and written a bleeding book about it. That man is South Wales musician James Kennedy.
This is a book that had to be written. It’s a book that tells it like it is. It will have you laughing, it will have you covering your eyes (not a good move when trying to read) it will also have you wondering why the hell do musicians put themselves through this shit. Well I for one am glad that they do. Oh, and James Kennedy we at Pete’s Rock News and Views salute you.
Noise Damage : My Life as a Rock’n’Roll Underdog is out NOW.
The tale that follows is not another clichéd collection of rock’n’roll debaucheries (sorry) nor is it another tired fable of triumph over adversity (you’re welcome).
It’s the story of a half-deaf kid from a tiny, remote village in South Wales who was hailed as a genius by the UK’s biggest radio station and headhunted by major record labels, only for the music industry to collapse. It crashed hard, taking with it an entire generation of talented artists who would never now get their shot. CNN called it ‘music’s lost decade’.
Along the way, there are goodies, baddies, gun-toting label execs, life-saving surgeons, therapy, true love, loyalty, hope, breakdowns, suicidal managers, betrayal, drummers and way too many hangovers. James Kennedy shows that the best lessons are to be learned from good losers. It really is all about the journey.
Part memoir, part exposé of the music world’s murky underbelly, Noise Damage is emotional, painfully honest, funny, informative and ridiculous. It’s also a celebration of the life-changing magic of music.
About The Author:
From South Wales, James Kennedy is a professional musician with a Top 50 best-selling album, more than four million song streams and over half a million online followers/nutters, who call themselves ‘Misfits’.
Hearing impaired due to childhood surgery, James has become an ambassador for several hearing charities, as well as speaking on panels and writing articles on a wide range of issues including mental health, the music industry and politics.
He has toured much of the world, featured in many mainstream music publications and owns the music company Konic Records.
Noise Damage is his first book.
James Kennedy Reads Noise Damage Chapter 1
James Kennedy links:
Band/Artist location – Cardiff Wales
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