No Off Switch

No Off Switch

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"Sensational. Wildly hilarious. An amazing read". (Stephen Fry). "Andy Kershaw is a compulsive truth-teller and he does it with verve, wit and passion. He is one of the few truly original voices in broadcasting and his book is already a classic". (Fergal Keane). Andy Kershaw truly has no off switch. As a teenager he was promoting major rock gigs. He was Billy Bragg's driver and roadie one day and presenting "Whistle Test" and "Live Aid" the next. A passionate music enthusiast, he is a man with an obsessive curiosity about the world. Over a twenty-five year career, he has worked for the "Rolling Stones" and Bruce Springsteen, shared an office with John Peel and amassed a record collection that weighs seven tons. He has won more Sony Radio awards than any other broadcaster. He has visited 97 countries and as a foreign correspondent, filed numerous reports for Radio 4. He was also one of the few journalists present during the Rwanda genocide. The past few years have seen him go through a turbulent time in his personal life, but he has put this behind him, written his story and returned to the airwaves fronting the BBC's "Music Planet" series. Rebel. Maverick. Music fanatic. Andy Kershaw shares the story of his life with candour, insight, immediacy and incredible humour.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 34mm | 281.23g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753541076
  • 9780753541074
  • 414,940

About Andy Kershaw

Andy Kershaw was born in Rochdale in 1959. He presented The Whistle Test and Live Aid for the BBC and for most of the past twenty-five years has had a weekly radio show. He is also a serious foreign correspondent, having filed reports for From Our Own Correspondent and for the Observer, Telegraph and Independent. This year he returned to presenting with Radio 3's Music Planet series. You can visit his website at www.andykershaw.co.uk.show more

Review quote

"Andy Kershaw is such an enthusiast . He has an ability to do things first and ask questions afterward" Michael Palin "It's his ability to convey a sense of moment-by-moment aliveness that makes Andy Kershaw, the greatest living English-language broadcaster" -- Toby Litt New Statesman "Kershaw has had one hell of a life ... strange and comic" Independent on Sunday "Confirms what a fine travel writer he is, with a particularly sharp eye for the telling detail. Andy Kershaw will always be something of a hero" Daily Mail "I make it a rule not to puff books, but Andy Kershaw's NO OFF SWITCH is sensational. An amazing read. An amazing man." -- Stephen Fry Twittershow more

Review Text

Kershaw has had one hell of a life ... strange and comicshow more

Rating details

163 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
5 44% (71)
4 39% (63)
3 12% (20)
2 4% (6)
1 2% (3)

Our customer reviews

An absolute belter of a book, from the streets of Rochdale to London and Lesotho. From Radio 1 through three and four. Desert Island Discs and Land Mines. Andy has been to places we have dreamt of, feared, discovered and escaped from. From a dangerous war zone in Rwanda to a warts and all report of his self destruction and prison. There is something in this book for everyone from the serious music fan, to the news hound, to the motorcyclist and to the rebel that exists in everyone. The difference is that Kershaw can carry it off. With humour, with humanity and with having a sense of adventure. Forget the Motorcycle Diaries, there is more humour & history in here than in the whole history of Batista, Cuba and Che Guevara.show more
by Malcolm Stockill
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