Keva McCluskey craves success. Other bands are making it big and now his worst enemy is on MTV. Without being recognised among the great songwriters of our time, Keva feels he cannot confront his horrific past. That's why he formed the Grams.
James Love wants all the sex, cocaine and groupies that fame can bring him. That's why he joined the Grams.
Guy de Burnet wants to sell records the ethical way. That's why he formed a record label which prizes morality as highly as platinum discs. When he signs the Grams, it can only end in tears.
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A code-red book... Drop what you're reading and read this immediately... A rip-snorting, rollicking ride from obscurity to rock 'n' roll debauchery and through the other side. - Alex James, Blur
Brilliant, funny, sharply-observed... The airport-busting novel of the summer - Loaded
Powder is more essential to your well-being than 97 percent of the albums that'll come out this year. - Melody Maker
A pacey and hilarious catalogue of vanity, insecurities, bonhomie and belligerence... A portrait of the contemporary music industry that is almost uncanny in its accuracy. - Independent
Tells it like it is - Sampson is never better than when revelling in the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll - All young bands should be made to read Powder; if it doesn't put them off, nothing will - The Times
Kevin Sampson is the author of seven novels - Awaydays, Powder, Leisure, Outlaws, Clubland, Freshers, Stars are Stars and Lawless - and a work of non-fiction, Extra Time.He lives and works in Liverpool