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Animal House

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James records all of this with candour, sensitivity and an unflinching eye for detail, which means that Animal House is both uproariously funny and oddly sobering too. James Brown worked on the NME, founded Loaded, Jack and Leeds, Leeds, Leeds magazines, and was Editor-in-Chief of British GQ. Was here for the anecdotes about the people in the 'scene' in the ,80s,/90s but all you get is Brown's impact on the 80s/90s. It is a world away from Newland Avenue, and without doubt the best, most head-spinning job I have ever had.

I liked it his stuff because it was always enthusiastic, hardly ever snide or self-consciously clever. Bright, loud, funny, provocative, ambitious and careless, loaded was read from the barracks of Afghanistan to the England dressing room at Euro '96. One of Browns traits was being a tad cocky, which probably helped him get the gigs and into gigs he was employed to earn his keep. The magazine itself was packed full of the irreverent, half-drunk nonsense that provided many a lunchtime session down the pub, along with some genuinely funny insights.But this attitude appears to be a self-defense mechanism that triggered inside Brown to help disguise the pain he was secretly holding back. Oasis and Blur were spearheading the Britpop movement, the Premier League / Sky TV partnership had re-packaged football as a shiny tribal leisure option, and Tony Blair’s New Labour were heralding an era of reinvigorated political optimism. I’ve never brushed shoulders with royalty and I’d prefer it if the Royal Family invested a lot of their wealth in helping our schools and health service, so no, I don’t think my political outlook has changed since I was down the front of the Redskins or New Town Neurotics at the Hull Trades and Labour club.

The Financial Times and its journalism are subject to a self-regulation regime under the FT Editorial Code of Practice. In many ways publishing is a less exciting place these days, but Brown says that’s only if you look at magazines rather than the abundance of creativity on social media platforms such as Twitter and TikTok. James noted that Loaded is now frequently lumped in with the other later 'lad's mags' such as Maxim and Nuts due to it featuring similar content focusing on alcohol and women but that he felt Loaded was above that genre, it was a brief comment but I would be really interested to read his deeper opinion on that and the genre that Loaded arguably spawned whether intended or not. For some people, that’s the equivalent of playing centre forward for their favourite football team, playing lead guitar for their favourite band or being a test driver for your favourite sports car manufacturer.He decided he didn’t want to do it after my first question, but didn’t have the manners or know-how to end it politely. He doesn’t try to be clever, it just comes over like someone talking to you down the pub about stuff they are passionate about.

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