No Off Switch by Andy Kershaw

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One year Andy Kershaw was Billy Bragg's roadie, the next he was presenting Live Aid on TV to 400 million people: the new voice of youth. A passionate enthusiast for music, he is a man with an obsessive curiosity about the world. Over a twenty-five year career, he has worked for the Rolling Stones, shared an office with John Peel, and introduced world and roots Music to Radio 1 (and later Radio 3). 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, in particular from the 'axis of evil' countries and from Africa. He was one of the very few journalists present during the Rwanda genocide. In 2007, he separated from his partner, had a breakdown, and spent time in prison on the Isle of Man for his non-violent breaking of a restraining order. But he has put this behind him, writing this book, and returning to the airwaves fronting the BBC's Music Planet series. Andy Kershaw writes about his life with candour, insight, immediacy and humour. This is a real book by a man who has no truck with celebrity nonsense.

About Andy Kershaw

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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
Published July 1, 2011 by Serpent's Tail. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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“Mr. Kershaw displays integrity in his journalism as well as a passion for music delivered from the heart—both of which lift this story well above the average celebrity bio.”

Jul 07 2011 | Read Full Review of No Off Switch

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Summary: The memoirs of Andy Kershaw, once a teenage promoter of major rock gigs, later roadie for singer Billy Bragg and later highly respected music presenter on radio and TV.

Jul 14 2011 | Read Full Review of No Off Switch

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Far from heaping praise on the man who is, to many, an icon, Kershaw is scathing in his appraisal and, although I’m inclined to agree on several points, I was surprised at how vociferously Kershaw expresses himself.

Aug 25 2011 | Read Full Review of No Off Switch

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