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The gripping new memoir from former Fleetwood Mac bass guitarist turned EMI record company executive David Ambrose: the man who discovered the Sex Pistols, Duran Duran and The Pet Shop Boys. Co-authored by acclaimed music writer Lesley-Ann Jones


Abandoned, abused and dysfunctional from an early age, boarding-school misfit David Ambrose found solace in fine art before discovering rock’n’roll. It proved to be his salvation. Performing and recording with a galaxy of future superstars, including Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ray Davies, Cat Stevens, Julie Driscoll, Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood, he teetered on the brink of stardom himself as the bass player with Fleetwood Mac.

He then turned his back on his playing potential to become a record company executive, joining EMI, where he signed some of the most successful acts of the era: The Sex Pistols, Tom Robinson, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Duran Duran, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and The Pet Shop Boys. As Managing Director of MCA Records, he broke Jody Watley and Transvision Vamp, and worked with Kim Wilde. He consulted for London Records, launched his own label, Planet 3, and even masterminded a Song for Europe favourite.

This riveting rewind through a career bizarrely lived is a frank, unblinkered account of what the life of a musician is really like, and a cautionary nod to those hell-bent on rock stardom.

DAVID AMBROSE is a visiting lecturer at City, University of London, where he teaches courses on the music business, records, publishing and finance. He is a Director of Strawberry Hill Entertainment. A father of three, he lives in London with his wife Angela.

LESLEY-ANN JONES is a biographer, journalist and broadcaster. She is the bestselling author of Bohemian Rhapsody: The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury, Hero: David Bowie, and Ride a White Swan: The Lives & Deaths of Marc Bolan. She has interviewed many of the world’s best-loved artists, including Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna and Prince. She is a mother of three and lives in London. 

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