Sour Mouth, Sweet Bottom

By Simon Napier-Bell

The legendary music impresario tells his life story in a series of mesmerisingly candid vignettes.

Music | Autobiography
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Publication date: October 2022

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Sour Mouth, Sweet Bottom: Lessons from a Dissolute Life is the book Simon Napier-Bell’s fans have always hoped he’d write.

His previous bestsellers lifted the lid on the industry, combining meticulous analysis with unforgettable stories of fame and wild excess.

But those books hardly scratched the surface. Now, at long last, he’s turned the spotlight on himself.

From 1940s London where he listened to wartime hits like 'Mairzy doats and dozy doats' in the air-raid shelter; to talking about Wham! with Deng Xiaoping, head of Communist China, or getting stoned with Elaine May and Jack Lemmon by the pool in 60s Beverly Hills, Sour Mouth, Sweet Bottom makes most memoirs look like thin gruel by comparison. This is a high-octane explosion of a book, a kaleidoscopic sequence of more than sixty ‘lessons’ drawn from a life lived to the full: frank, funny, freewheeling and honest.

There are anecdotes of the acts he managed (the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Marc Bolan, Japan, Sinitta, Boney M, Candi Staton, Ultravox, Asia, Wham!, George Michael and Sinead O’Connor) but there’s also the wisdom gathered from a louche life of clubs, restaurants, gigs, arrests, awards, bankruptcies, bereavements, booze, coups and sex, both gay and straight. You could call it ‘How to Use the Music Industry to Create a Lifestyle’. You might equally call it, ‘How to Use Your Lifestyle to Gain Access to the Music Industry.’

Either way, Simon pulls no punches. And whether you’re boringly woke or pigheadedly conservative, at 80, he no longer cares. As he puts it himself:

‘If you’re offended, too bad! This is what I think, this is what I’ve done, this is who I am.’

Photography credits: Simon Napier-Bell with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley by Alan Davidson / The Picture Library Ltd. Other photographs from Simon's own collection.

Book design credits: Design by Mecob. Cover photograph: © Alamy.com.

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