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Book Review: Andy Kershaw - No Off Switch

Autobiographies are a bit hit and miss; not always interesting and often full of ego.  So it's refreshing to read No Off Switch by Andy Kershaw - music journalist, foreign correspondent … luck magnet.  Broadcasting wasn't something Kershaw set out to do.  As someone who avidly consumed music as a youngster, he chose to go to Leeds University because it had a great music scene.  A decision he made in his first week as a student though, was to shape his long and very varied career. Braving the Students' Union, he keenly volunteered himself for the Ents Team and eventually found himself booking bands for legendary gigs at the University Refectory - a job which would have many positive repercussions and see Kershaw bemused as more work within the entertainment industry just appeared to fall into his lap - no doubt contributing to a phrase he repeats throughout the book in various situations, but particularly when luck seems to be on his side: “What the fuck is this?!”

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