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August 2019 – Out Now
CRUEL TO BE KIND - THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF NICK LOWE
A biography by Will Birch

UK Jacket, content as per US (Constable – Little, Brown)
Photo: Keith Morris
US Jacket, content as per UK (Da Capo Press)
Photo: Keith Morris

Nick Lowe scored international hits with ‘I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass’ and ‘Cruel To Be Kind’. He is also known for ‘(What’s So Funny ‘bout) Peace, Love And Understanding’, ‘The Beast In Me’, ‘So It Goes’ and ‘I Knew The Bride (When She Used to Rock And Roll)’. His songs have been recorded by well-known artists such as Johnny Cash, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty and Solomon Burke.

He was a member of the much-loved Rockpile and later, Little Village with Ry Cooder. He helped inaugurate the independent Stiff Records label and has produced records by acts including Elvis Costello, the Damned, Dr Feelgood, the Pretenders and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Once described as ‘Britain’s greatest living songwriter’, not to mention ‘one of the world’s great interviews’, Nick Lowe’s five decades in rock and roll have been a triumph of single-minded dedication to his craft over periods of charmed nonchalance and hard living.

Based on over 30 hours of exclusive interviews with Lowe himself, and peppered with first hand quotes from key associates including Elvis Costello, Curtis Stigers, Chrissie Hynde, Ry Cooder and Johnny Marr, this is the definitive account of one of the most remarkable lives in popular music.