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Book of the Month: ‘Kill Your Friends’ by John Niven
May 21, 2011 | Filed Under: Books, Reviews | Submit Comment

It’s London 1997, the pinnacle of the Britpop era, a time when people still buy records. Steven Stelfox is a young, ambitious and extremely greedy A&R guy at a major record label, who literally kills his way to the top, all the while fueled by an enormous quantity of cocaine, booze and sleazy sex. Disillusioned by current music, he blows astronomical amounts of company cash while chasing trends and living large.

‘Kill Your Friends’ is a satire on the music industry. If you enjoyed Bret Easton Ellis ‘American Psycho’, you’ll love John Niven’s book, especially if you’re in the music business. Explicitly grotesque, utterly insulting and morbidly hilarious, I felt almost guilty for not putting it down. So good, had to read it twice.

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