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Today, though, Brown sees it more clearly: “There was not much fun in media before we came along,” he says. If I didn’t have a nine-year-old son, or if I actually lived with him and his mum, I would have moved to New York or Tokyo by now. Trouble does seem to follow Brown – and he freely admits that at Loaded he was making the publishers so much money he was allowed to get away with it. About the Author: James Brown worked on the NME, founded loaded, Jack and Leeds, Leeds, Leeds magazines, and was Editor-in-Chief of British GQ. I was explaining you’d have to do something really bad like that, and there’s no point moving into controversial territory.

Brown had been interviewed for the NME editor’s job, but ended up being offered the chance to make his own magazine instead. Bright, loud, funny, provocative, ambitious and careless, loaded was read from the barracks of Afghanistan to the England dressing room at Euro '96.I will never give a book below 3 stars because frankly if they deserve 1 or 2 stars then I probably wouldnt have finished the book and therefore it would be unfair to comment. Quite often that was because something else had happened in my life in between and, instead of being able to understand how to process that, I would take it out on the next person. Was here for the anecdotes about the people in the 'scene' in the ,80s,/90s but all you get is Brown's impact on the 80s/90s. I remember opening The Charlatans first single when no one had heard of them for that week’s NME single reviews and it just stood out in its structure and confidence.

James Brown is the author of several novels, and the memoirs, The Los Angeles Diaries, This River, and Apology to the Young Addict (to-be-published March 2020). Due to my lack of knowledge I'd always assumed that fanzine's were poorly circulated and of generally poor quality so to hear James' story of how his fanzine and the large network of fanzine creators in the UK was so popular it was circulated via post and appeared on John Peel's Radio 1 show was insightful. The fact he read it in such a conversational way was a huge bonus and made you feel part of a conversation.

He doesn’t stand outside looking on admiringly though, he kicks open the backstage door and gets wasted with the best/worst of them. Brown’s claims that he was “trying to create a magazine that competed with Rolling Stone” are a contrast to the way Loaded was often portrayed at the time: as sexist and moronic. While Loaded’s sales boomed and he was supposedly enjoying his imperial phase, the truth was that Brown was also self-destructing, blotting out his inner pain with absurd amounts of booze and cocaine.

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