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Simon Napier-Bell & The Real Keith Moon

          I came across a fascinating documentary about The Who’s infamous drummer Keith Moon last week (The Real Keith Moon) which prompted me to revisit sometime Skrufff contributor Simon Napier-Bell’s book TA-RA-RA-BOOM-DE-AY a complete history of the music business.   Click below for an excerpt from the book which recalls one [...] Continue reading

Simon Napier Bell: the Dodgy Business of Popular Music: Punk

“British punk was not as nihilist as the punk ethos actually dictated; British punks liked to be successful and earn money......." Continue reading

Simon Napier Bell: the Dodgy Business of Popular Music: On the Road….

"When it came to drug-taking every group told the same story. After being onstage and getting sent sky-high by the intense release of adrenalin it produced, rock performers found they couldn’t come down when the show was finished. ......" Continue reading

Simon Napier Bell: the Dodgy Business of Popular Music: The Dawn of Disco

“The Peppermint Lounge was a dump. Full house was just 179 customers – rent boys, sailors, transvestites, lowlifes and street toughs...." Continue reading

Simon Napier Bell: the Dodgy Business of Popular Music: Elvis Presley

"When Colonel Parker booked him into Vegas, a middle-class middle-aged audience gave him an ice-cold reception – “like a jug of corn liquor at a champagne party”, said Newsweek....." Continue reading

Simon Napier Bell: the Dodgy Business of Popular Music: The Birth of Black (Pop) Music

In New York, Harlem had become the capital of black America. It attracted black intellectuals and artists from across the country. “The world’s most glamorous atmosphere,” said young Duke Ellington when he first visited...... Continue reading

Simon Napier Bell: the Dodgy Business of Popular Music: The Beginning of Records . . .

Thomas Edison was born in Ohio in 1847. At age fifteen he began to study telegraphy, four years later he got a job with Western Union where he invented a device to electrocute the cockroaches in the office...... Continue reading

Simon Napier-Bell’s Secrets of Superstar (DJ) Success

“Let's face it - the whole thing is a façade. Being strictly underground is playing safe - you have your niche market and it will keep you in gigs and money to live........" Continue reading

Simon Napier-Bell on Reaching His 100% Crowd-funding- I Wouldn’t Recommend It.

"I don't think I'd go through it again. And I don't think I'd recommend crowd-funding whole-heartedly to new artists. It can be tough and confidence sapping......." Continue reading

Simon Napier Bell- Fancying Françoise Hardy (& Ending up with Amanda Lear)

In 1966, I was the music editor for the movie ‘What’s New Pussycat’ in which Françoise had a tiny but very alluring part. From seeing her face run through the moviola every day I became completely besotted. “Fuck being gay,” I decided. “This is what I really want........" Continue reading

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