Woodbridge: Music author’s ‘backstage pass’ to The Arctic Monkeys

Launch of a new biography of band the Arctic Monkeys by Woodbridge-based DJ, musician, writer and br

Launch of a new biography of band the Arctic Monkeys by Woodbridge-based DJ, musician, writer and broadcaster Ben Osborne. Pictured with book is Ben Osborne. - Credit: Archant

A music journalist and author is giving people backstage access to one of the most successful bands of the 21st Century.

Launch of a new biography of band the Arctic Monkeys by Woodbridge-based DJ, musician, writer and br

Launch of a new biography of band the Arctic Monkeys by Woodbridge-based DJ, musician, writer and broadcaster Ben Osborne. - Credit: Archant

Ben Osborne, of Woodbridge, has written a book all about Sheffield indie/rock outfit The Arctic Monkeys.

It has been timed to come out 10 years after the group played their first gig and covers the band’s early history to the present day - including the announcement they will be playing at this year’s Glastonbury festival alongside legends the Rolling Stones.

Mr Osborne, who has written for a number of national newspapers and music magazines, said: “The Arctic Monkeys are an amazing band, still young, gifted, genuine school-mates and neighbours, who were friends before they were in the band.

“They’re different to a lot of the other successful artists today. They didn’t go to any performance school and weren’t put together by a ‘star maker’. They may well be the last in a tradition of great bands in this country that goes back to the 60s.


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“And they are at that point in their career where they could grow from being a very successful contemporary act, to become an all time great rock ’n’roll act – on the scale of some of the greatest British acts of the 60s and 70s.”

Mr Osborne, whose Noise of Art project will be appearing in the film and music arena at this year’s Latitude festival on July 21, juggled writing the book with his schedule as a DJ and his work with Apple Records and EMI on events for the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour film.

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“This is the first proper biography of the band,” he added.

“It features original interviews and in depth research into how they got together, started touring and rapidly rose to the top amidst a media frenzy proclaiming them the first band to break through the website Myspace. It documents the team behind the scenes, from managers and PR agents to producers and tour managers, who helped them become famous.

“It looks into the processes behind all four of their albums, the first of which was the fastest selling LP by a rock band ever and all four of which have gone to number one.”

The Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say They Are...That’s What They’re Not is out now priced £14.95 from Omnibus Press.

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