Do you remember your First Time? Do Alice Cooper, John Lydon, Charlie Watts, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, Elton John, Lars Ulrich, Michael Stipe, Brian Wilson, Jarvis Cocker and many others? Now you can find out in a new book by Matt Everitt, cleverly titled The First Time. The book will be published by Laurence King on 5 November.
From the archives of BBC Radio 6 Music's First Time With series, which is hosted by Matt Everitt, comes the most important music-related book of the year. Featuring no fewer than 40 of the music world’s most talented and often controversial artists collated together, talking about the seminal First Time moments in their lives, curated and interviewed by Matt Everitt.
Matt Everitt is no stranger to the music business, signing a record deal in the 90s during the heady days of Britpop as the drummer in Britpop band Menswe@r and then going on to appear on XFM and then reporting the Music News on the 6 Music Breakfast Show and for BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show as well as being a familiar face on TV. 6 Music series The First Time has led him to interview the biggest music stars on the planet and now the time is right to publish these incredible stories.
Taking the lead from his original interviews, Matt has collected 40 subjects, talking in depth about their first experiences including first gigs, first musical memories etc. A real Desert Island Discs of musical firsts!
In a nice twist, the tables are turned on Matt as he is interviewed for The First Time for the foreword of the book by musical legend Norman Cook. There are also some nice words at the end of the book from Matt’s first First Timer, Johnny Marr.
Each chapter starts with an introduction by Matt about his memories of meeting the subject, accompanied by stunning newly created collage artwork and finishes with a clever Spotify link that will lead readers straight to the bespoke playlist of songs that are discussed in the interviews.
From Alice Cooper to Yoko Ono, Courtney Love to Elton John, follow their lives and careers starting with their first musical memories, first records and first gigs, finding out the songs that have shaped them along the way. With 40 compelling interviews, specially commissioned collage illustrations, The First Time is a must-have for any music lover.