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Barney Hoskyns

God Is in the Radio: Unbridled Enthusiasms, 1980–2020

omnibus press

limited *signed* paperback book

Released: 29th Jul 2021


Amy Winehouse’s Donny Hathaway admiration, tales of stomping up the M40 with Bobby Womack, James Brown’s turkey distribution policies & more fascinating anecdotes from the former NME & MOJO mainstay who illuminates the inner workings of musicians in evocative prose.


God Is in the Radio gathers 50 pieces from 40 years of writing passionately about music. A former mainstay of NME and Mojo – and author of such acclaimed books as Hotel California and Small Town Talk – Barney Hoskyns hymns the artists that have thrilled and moved him most, from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse, via the Cocteau Twins and Queens of the Stone Age. Together with acts as varied as Laura Nyro and Luther Vandross, Burial and Bobby Womack, these are the “unbridled enthusiasms” that – for Hoskyns – dissolve the rationalisation of feeling, producing a sense of rapture that borders on religious ecstasy. Spanning multiple decades and moments of music history, and containing personal reflections as well as recommendations, this is a poignant and evocative must-read book from one of the UK’s foremost music writers. 'If you love music, then you'll love this book - simple as that' Shindig!, 5* 'A must for anyone who finds music a spiritual experience' Paul Wellings 'Hoskyns' knowledge is deep and his curiosity insatiable' Mojo, 4* 'One of the best music books this year. It’s a joy to read, reminding us that writing about rock matters. You can hear the artists’ music in Barney Hoskyns' words’ Outside Left 'Forty years of back pages. An immersive read, and well worth your time' Joel McIver, Record Collector, 4/5

God Is in the Radio: Unbridled Enthusiasms, 1980–2020