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Kill Your Friends explained Kill Your Friends, review Kill Your Friends, trailer Kill Your Friends, box office Kill Your Friends, analysis Kill Your Friends, Kill Your Friends 1250 Meet Steven StelfoxLondon New Labour Is Sweeping Into Power And Britpop Is At Its Zenith AR Man Stelfox Is Slashing And Burning His Way Through The Music Industry, Fuelled By Greed And Inhuman Quantities Of Cocaine, Searching For The Next Hit Record Amid A Relentless Orgy Of Self GratificationBut As The Hits Dry Up And The Industry Begins To Change, Stelfox Must Take The Notion Of Cut Throat Business Practices To Murderous New Levels In A Desperate Attempt To Salvage His Career

  • Paperback
  • 324 pages
  • Kill Your Friends
  • John Niven
  • English
  • 16 November 2019
  • 9780099516675

About the Author: John Niven

Born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Niven read English Literature at Glasgow University, graduating in 1991 with First Class honours For the next ten years, he worked for a variety of record companies, including London Records and Independiente He left the music industry to write full time in 2002 and published his debut novella Music from Big Pink in 2005 Continuum Press The novella was optioned for t



10 thoughts on “Kill Your Friends

  1. says:

    This book is daaaaaaark If it was any blacker you d need UV light to read it My initial impression was that it was American Psycho minus the violence Then the violence began.Whereas American Psycho parodied American corporate 80s excess to the extreme, Kill Your Friends parodies the record industry in 90s Britain Steven Stelfox is an AR man for a well known music label in 1997 s London His job is to discover hits and make the company a buttload of money He doesn t spend a lot of time doing this however as he s usually too busy coked up, fornicating, or verbally or mentally tearing into anyone else whose existence is not his own Interestingly, this book is called Kill Your Friends however Steven has no friends None that we come into contact with anyway There is a lot of social interaction, however it is all with colleagues, musicians, prostitutes, and unfortunates who happen to cross Steven s path.I ll never understand people who rate a book down because they can t relate to the central character I don t want to read about myself Steven Stelfox is despicable If you could relate to him I d be worried But he also made me laugh than any other novel s character has in years This book is relentless, nasty, brutal, but oh so hilariously entertaining if you re not easily offended I couldn t stop cracking up with laughter reading this on my tube journeys If I didn t have the book in my hand I would have looked like a demented grinning idiot to the other passengers It doesn t revel wallow in the violence like American Psycho does There are only a couple key scenes of violence and they are brief In fact those who enjoyed Psycho but couldn t stomach the atrocities might very well have found the perfect book in Kill Your Friends.Like with a lot of films I love, I m often drawn to dark and disturbing novels I think it s because I m so cheerful and happy in real life It s kind of like a balancing act And to me it s almost like immersing yourself in and learning about a different culture.As cruel and nasty as Steven Stelfox is, I think it d be difficult to be personally offended by anything in here as Stelfox takes potshots at every spectrum of society Nobody is safe from his withering wrath.So if you re looking for a pitch black read that is almost guaranteed to get your chuckle gears in motion, you probably won t do much better than Kill Your Friends At the very least it will make you feel so much better as a person.

  2. says:

    John Niven is what would happen if Nick Hornby got into a terrible car crash and punctured the lobe where politeness lives I had a heck of a time getting into his novel Kill Your Friends, since I m not exactly fluent in vitriol It is pages and pages of a man angrily screaming British slang for cocaine in your face, spit foaming at the corners of his mouth Steven Stelfox is an AR dude negotiating the Brit pop scene in the 1990s It s a cruel, cruel place where everyone is trying to find the next big thing The young sexy girl singer, the song that resonates with clubbers, the reimagining of the Spice Girls, or those croony Emo artists When things don t go his way, Steven may do something like hammer away at a colleague s brain with a baseball bat, but only after his first murderous attempt fails the one where he tries to overdose the guy, then plugs his orifices with all sorts of embarrassing things Stelfox is a moral contortionist, and lots of other ists that exists racist, sexist, elitist As I got used to his voice, the book improved just enough to keep reading Eventually I was enjoying his clever, albeit repetitious, and evil tirades The laughter and smiles of the executives is brittle and plastic we ve done this so many times, often for bands and singers who turn out to be about as commercial as tooth kind drinkable HIV for children They re all good little capitalists at heart, bands Even Thom fucking Yorke, when he s not crying about what kind of coffee beans you should be using so some cunt in Outer Mongolia can afford to put an inside toilet in his filthy gaff, even he s wondering what the marketing spend is looking like People are funny when they are mad But it s an easy kind of funny.

  3. says:

    Easily the winner of the funniest book of the year possibly ever.There are jokes and truths on one page of this book than in the whole of other works of fictions Its hard to describe a bit like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho going to indie discos.It tells the story of Steven Stelfox, an A and R man in the late 1990s and truely one of the most despicable charachters in fiction His deeds are bad enough but you also get his inner monologue the things he filters out are beyond belief but very funny.In the course of the book we have his views on the recording industry, pop stars and how records are marketed to the public but we also get stunning, politcally incorrect views on everything from women favorite position knife held to throat is considered a response , the working classes, tax, britain, booze, drugs everything really Despite having no morals, everything Stelfox says is so wrong but so funny I dont think you have to agree with him, just need a sense of humour.The story is a collection of thoughts experiences as he goes through copious drugs booze sex trying to unearth the next big thing Along the way, he has a couple of goes at killing one of his work rivals the first time is hilarious and then gets a young policeman involved in the investigation who just happens to be a musician involvded in the cover up and 2nd subsequent murder.I ve never known a page turner like it The discussion of real and fictional acts add to the value and of course, its from a time when I was into many of the bands discussed.You cant stop yourself laughing at the anger of a repellant characters like this and his complete lack of any human traits.I loved it and I see he has other works out.Highly recommended for the not too sensitive.

  4. says:

    Soundtrack D Ream things can only get betterIt is 1997 the time of Cool Britannia and Things Can Only Get Better Tony Blair is the fresh faced Prime Minister of a Britain that is newly energised, forward looking and on the upSoundtrack Stiff Little Fingers Rough Trade Pulp Common People The Clash Death or GloryStephen Stelfox is an AR man for a London based record company It is his job to spot and nurture new bands Sadly the job is all about securing product to sell to the plebs the actual music is a secondary consideration, and integrity is a four letter word He is cynical, ruthless and bombed out on coke and vodka most of the time all on expenses of course Bands are sold the dream, sucked into the machine and spat out again broken, brutalised and in hock to their erstwhile friends in the record company Soundtrack Sex Pistols EMI The Rezillos Top of The PopsNine out of ten signed bands disappear without a trace And yet, every now and again a record strikes a chord, a band slowly builds a following and suddenly the money is coming in hand over fist The AR men are all competing to find the next big solo artist or band, and are willing to do just about anything to secure them The problem is, no one really has much of a clue as to what will constitute a hit single or successful bandSoundtrack Talking Heads Psycho Killer Pulp Sorted for E s and WhizzStelfox starts cracking up under the relentless pressure to succeed combined with his gargantuan consumption of drugs, alcohol and hookers Added to this, he has utter contempt for the bands he is promoting, his colleagues and peers is mixed with disdain and jealousy towards anyone who looks as if they will succeed in this grubby business Finally he snaps The murders begin Soundtrack The Buzzcocks Everybody s Happy NowadaysAll is resolved A happy ending ensues for Mr Stelfox he gets what he wants at the record company, and seemingly gets away with murder For now at least.This book is profane, vulgar, cynical, violent, non PC and immensely funny I enjoyed it very much At times it teetered on the edge of excessive parody but Niven just about reins it in I think Who am I to judge.Postscript the book name checks than a few records and record company executives One of those named is a chap who s great big go away townhouse we have just finished some work on It was quite bizarre to see him named in a work of fiction I also dug out an old CD Marquee Moon by Television to replay after it was mentioned in dispatches The title track is 10 minutes long not at all how I remembered it from 1977 Good album though.

  5. says:

    While I like satire this book by John Niven is satire so vile, degrading and sort of scabrous that it was just too much There s absolutely no nuance as it s just hammer away by Niven, scene after scene, chapter after chapter of debauched antics Too bad too as the setting, the music Q R world in Loncon circa 1997 is rife with the chances to ruffle some feathers Niven though shows he has no restraint in anything writing style, plot pacing, nothing Usually for one of these books about a man woman going down an unchartered path to the abyss they do it slowly, one unexpected event leading to the next before they realize it, so much momentum has started that they can t stop themselves or their behavior Not in KILL YOUR FRIENDS Here, from very early in the book, the protagonist is a raving a hole to everything around him Satire that verges into outright contempt for the characters and the reader isn t really good satire in my opinion It s just a writer unleashing all his her anger on the page in a torrent of rage Saved from 1 star due to the music element.

  6. says:

    I was given this book and The Second Coming in a publisher s double offer, neatly wrapped up together in a cellophane wrapper I can only surmise that this is the literary equivalent of someone posting two turds in an envelope through your letter box.I gave up reading this book after 100 pages Perhaps it s because I have read so many good books recently that this one seemed awful in comparison perhaps it just is a terrible book Either way, I couldn t stand the thought of forcing myself to read another 200 pages of it It is the sort of novel I imagine I might have enjoyed as a 15 year old, full of, you know, violence and drugs and sex and music and people who are young and make loads of money and just don t give a shit about anything, yeah I know it s a satire, but it s a miserable experience reading it The worst book I have read in a long time.

  7. says:

    Hilarious If you like books like Trainspotting, check this out.

  8. says:

    A very poorly written book that simply tried too hard to be funny and shocking, but ends up being too direct to be either A real shame that a satire on the music industry could not be a bit clever and original.

  9. says:

    A friend gave me a loan of this a long while back but I wasn t sure about reading it I abandoned American Psycho near the end after becoming tired of the endless descriptions of designer clothing and the sexual violence, which got and gratuitous and unpleasant as the book went along Some reviewers compared Kill Your Friends to that book, so I put off starting it I can see why they are compared but I found Niven s book far engaging for a number of reasons.The main character, Steven Stelfox, is a narcissistic, drug addled, violent, sexist racist I found his views and much of his behaviour repellent as I was meant to but he was often funny in a completely inappropriate way He s a caricature a souped up South Park character Patrick Bateman in Easton Ellis s story is irredeemable and his violence is random and unstructured Stelfox has a purpose to his violence to get on in his career and this made it understandable It s a satire on the music industry of the 1990 s and is over the top in its approach However, I worked in a record store at that time and there is much truth among the invention and exaggeration This helped make it credible and entertaining for me There are some very funny moments in this book, some of them pretty dark I found American Psycho almost entirely devoid of humour.It won t be to everyone s taste If you re easily offended, likely to take Niven too literally or don t enjoy descriptions of violence, drug taking and sexual deviance, give it a wide berth If you can see the irony, satire and poking of fun underlying this novel, you should enjoy it.

  10. says:

    Kill Your Friends is a special breed of novel Reading it, I felt like I was looking through a particularly wide peephole into a sordid world of drugs, sex, and booze populated by soulless characters who somehow live among us Needless to say, I was hooked Steven Stelfox is an AR rep for a major British music label in 1997 His whole world revolves about doing anything be it illegal, immoral, or just plain wrong to get a hit record This novel is full of fun British slang that I find myself using much to the confusion of my friends For fans of Irvine Welsh, Bret Easton Ellis, or Chad Kultgen, this is a perfect book At times shocking, this book kept a guilty smile on my face There were many times I had to put the book down, I was laughing so hard This book is not for the faint of heart, or those who want to believe that pop music and hit records come out of some happy bubblegumland No, if you read this novel, the music we listen to comes from a fetid underworld of cocaine, illegal sex and murder But it is a fun world to visit Joe

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