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The Fat White Duke

The memoir of A & R legend James Endeacott by James Endeacott


The Synopsis

Here’s the story. It’s the story of a boy growing up in the wilds of West Yorkshire who finds love in music. In fact he finds his life in music. Not just in melodies and chord changes but in skinny black trousers and lines of speed. It’s the story of a boy having to recite lyrics to X-Ray Spex singles against the science lab at school to stop getting beaten up. The story of a boy who thought he was David Bowie for 6 months in the late 1970’s and later wrote ‘children we love you’ on Scottish pound notes before the KLF handed them out to E’d up partygoers in a field somewhere off the M25 in 1989. It’s the story of a boy who wanted to be a stand up comedian and ended up telling The Jesus and Mary Chain he didn’t want to join their band, who A&Rd the Strokes and broke down in tears after dropping Pete Doherty off at rehab with a tracksuit he’d just bought him from Primark.

It’s also the story of a man who is now almost 50 and still gets excited by David Bowie records coming out, who still loves telling anyone who’ll listen about the time he was kissed on the hand by Ornette Coleman and how he once shook hands with Johnny Cash. From Halifax to Catford via rock and roll.

The Libertines had a great lyric that will hopefully be on my gravestone if I ever have one – IF YOU’VE LOST YOUR FAITH IN LOVE AND MUSIC THEN THE END WON’T BE LONG.

If you’ve lost your faith in love and music then support this book before it’s too late. If you know someone who’s lost their faith then buy them this support before it’s too late. What I can promise you is tale after tale…record after record….a beating heart, a head full of passion and a belly full of music.


The Excerpt

It was October 1978. I was a stuttering, 13 year old skinny punk with a shock of orange hair. I spent every waking hour listening to X Ray Spex, Sex Pistols, The Clash, XTC, The Beatles, Queen and Simon & Garfunkel. I meant it. There was a problem though. I couldn't get to gigs. Either bands didn't come to Halifax, I was too young or I just didn't know when they were happening. It was a confusing time.

I don’t really remember being a fan of the Boomtown Rats. I guess the fact they weren't on the soundtrack to Grease or Saturday Night Fever meant they were punks too. One of them wore pyjamas all day long which I always thought was a bit silly to be fair - even as a 13 year old. I did have a copy of their single on Ensign records called Mary of The 4th Form though. I had bought it a few weeks before from my favourite stall on the market – Groove records. I was a little annoyed because the single had no picture sleeve. It was just a green bag with the name of the label on. I did what I always did with singles that had no picture sleeve – I created my own. I took my trusty black felt tip and wrote the name of the band on it in ‘weird’ writing. I probably also wrote something like ‘punk is cool’ and ‘disco is rubbish’ – important statements in my mind. The Boomtown Rats were playing at the civic theatre - a large, dark imposing Victorian theatre that was very common around northern towns back then. Most of them survive to this day - beautiful relics of a better time some would say - back then they were cold, old and depressing.


The Author

My name is James Endeacott. I'm male, married and have 3 children. I was born on St Patrick’s day in 1965. The first record I bought with my own money was Space Oddity by David Bowie when I was 10. I guess I've been working in and with music ever since. I wanted to be a comedian but I couldn't make people laugh. My mum wanted me to be a vicar. I decided to join a band in my early 20's. The band were called Loop. I worked in a record shop at the same time. I then worked for Rough Trade records in the early 1990's. I soon turned my hand to band management and looked after Tindersticks for about 5 years. I then went back to work at rough trade records and started to work in A & R - I signed acts like Mull Historical Society, Hal and The Libertines. I also hung out with a lot of B–list celebrities and had a blast. I then started my own label called 1965 records and signed a band from Dundee called The View. I now manage bands again (Filthy Boy) and have my finger in a lot of pies. I also eat a lot of pies and have a stutter that gets bad when I'm tired or nervous. I've been telling people for nearly 30 years that I am not Mick Hucknall - he just looks like me.

The Rewards

All supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. All levels include immediate access to the author's shed.


ebook edition and your name in the back of the book

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Ebook edition & 1st edition hardback and your name in the back

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Signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.

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Launch Party

Ticket to the launch party, signed and dedicated 1st edition hardback, ebook edition, your name in the back.

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Launch Lunch

Ticket to the launch lunch, the launch party, signed and dedicated 1st edition hardback, ebook edition, your name in the back.

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Magical A & R Tour

Go out for a night with James in London, plus signed and dedicated 1st edition hardback and the ebook.