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University of Death
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Publisher:  www.sean.co.uk Type: 
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380

Copyright:  November 2007
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A techno-thriller that satirises the music industry.

The book is named after the band at the centre of the action. It takes a slice through the music industry: from the boardroom to the stage; from the studio to the record fair. It explores how fans relate to their favourite bands, how businesses use technology to manipulate consumers, and what would happen if the music industry disappeared overnight.

Although the novel includes fictionalised cameos from some well-known pop stars, the story focuses on those who are at the bottom of the industry and trying to claw their way up. “The band at the centre of the action, University of Death, was big in the 80s, but is stuck on the nostalgia circuit today, with shrinking audiences,” said Sean McManus. “Two of their fans who play an important role in the story are in an amateur band called Goblin. They’re desperate for someone to listen to them and to get a record deal. There's so much written about fame already that it was more interesting to look at talented people who aren't famous yet or any more: the z-list.”

‘University of Death’ has been self-published. Sean McManus said: “Artists like Prince and Radiohead have shown that self-publishing is a credible way to reach an audience, and the internet enables most authors to reach readers much more quickly than they can through conventional publishers. Each book ordered through www.universityofdeath.co.uk is printed on demand, so the project is environmentally friendly too: only those copies which the market demands will ever be printed.”

Mike Edwards, best known as the singer, songwriter and guitarist in Jesus Jones, whose Top 40 hits include 'Real Real Real' and 'International Bright Young Thing', said: “University of Death is the most enjoyable, imaginative and perceptive insight into the plight and possible future of the music industry, a novel that illuminates as well as entertains. The portrayal of the industry is both accurate and funny - it's hard not to identify with many of the characters in there.”  

Professional Reviews

"I cried 'til I laughed."
"I cried 'til I laughed. There are some great ideas in here... and a few I hope the industry never hears about!"

- Colin Vearncombe aka Black, multi-million selling songwriter of 'Wonderful Life' among others and independent record label manager.


"The most imaginative insight into the future of the music industry."
University of Death is the most enjoyable, imaginative and perceptive insight into the plight and possible future of the music industry, a novel that illuminates as well as entertains. The best thing about it is its insight into how the music industry works, why it is dying and where it may very well be going.

I particularly enjoyed the way it shows how technology is abused by marketers to manipulate our subconscious. This rang true because some of the technology used in the story already exists and has been used in similar, albeit not quite as sinister (yet?), ways.

University of Death has a love-hate relationship with the music business, being cynical and reverential at the same time. The portrayal of the industry is both accurate and funny - it's hard not to identify with many of the characters in there.

The twist at the end fooled me but fitted in perfectly with the themes of the book. When I finished reading, the story made me feel optimistic, that there was an exciting new beginning for the music business.

University of Death is well worth buying if you like pop music itself or if you're interested in the machinations of the music industry.

- Mike Edwards , best known as the singer, songwriter and guitarist in Jesus Jones, whose Top 40 hits include 'Real Real Real', 'International Bright Young Thing' and 'Right Here, Right Now'. Mike has worked extensively as a producer, remixer and songwriter, both for major label acts and for independent artists. He is currently in the studio with County & Western band The Blazing Zoos. Its debut album is due for release in Spring 2008.


"A cracking read"
A cracking read: I don't read a great deal of fiction these days but this book -- mixing the U.K. music scene, dingy London suburbs, and old computer games in a new conspiracy theory -- was just too good to miss.

- Anonymous reader at Lulu


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