I'm Not with the Band: A Writer's Life Lost in Music
'This is a three-decade survivor's tale of music, magazines, silly jokes, stupid shoes, useless blokes, hopeless homes, booze, drugs, love, loss, police cells, A&E, disillusionment, redemption and trying to make Prince laugh, cheer up Eminem and finish off Westlife forever (with varying degrees of success)'
In 1986, Sylvia Patterson boarded a train to London armed with a tea-chest full of vinyl records, a peroxide quiff and a dream: to write about music, forever. She got her wish.
What's It All About, Kylie? is both a wild, hilarious, sometimes devastating memoir and a joyful compendium of her encounters with some of pop's biggest names. (And Milli Vanilli.) Here is Madonna in her Earth Mother phase, flinging her hands up in horror at one of Sylvia's trademark Very Stupid Questions. Meanwhile Bono is unexpectedly mischievous, chasing her around the table in mock-outrage. Johnny Cash is hypnotic, Amy Winehouse an erratic but charismatic force-of-nature, the Beckhams are regal and remote in LA, Richey Edwards soulful but nihilistic in a Soho pub.
A fascinating and brutally honest memoir, What's It All About, Kylie? is also a chronicle of the last thirty years in music.
'Sylvia Patterson is Britain's greatest music journalist'
'It's people like you who send people like me mad'