This blog has never been about telling you what music you should be listening to and buying. However this doesn’t mean I am above recommending things for people to read. Hence a couple of book suggestions for anyone looking for some diverting moments, a Christmas gift or two or even the chance to help out a worthy cause.
First of all, Fun At One, a lovingly researched and painstakingly comprehensive study of the history of comedy on BBC Radio One, penned by the never less than entertaining TJ Worthington. Tracing the history of humour on what is often mistaken as a totally music-based network, the book contains inside information from the people who wrote, produced and performed on Radio One over the course of three and a half decades, from small inserts into music shows to the dedicated comedy shows which were very often the high point of the schedules in the mid-late 90s. The full story of everything from Llama Man to Chris Morris and Raymond Sinclair is contained within, and for anyone who had even a passing interest in many of the shows broadcast over the years it is a quite absorbing read.
Second on the list is a book which has been a genuine labour of love for my friend Steve Berry. Behind The Sofa is a collection of over 100 memories and reminiscences from a wide range of celebrities, all sharing their childhood recollections of watching Dr Who. A four year project, the book is a charity project with all revenues and proceeds being donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK. At times incredibly touching and crammed with moments which will strike a chord with just about any child of the 70s, 80s or even 00s, you’ll be hard pressed to put it down.