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#Zero

By Neil McCormick

A pop star on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Music | Fiction
105% funded
234 supporters
Published

Publication date: April 2019

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Hardback

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$45  + shipping
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Signed

A signed first edition of the hardback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
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Dedicated

A signed and dedicated first edition of the hardback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$60  + shipping
69 pledges

Early Bird: Rock and Roll Paraphernalia

As a music critic, Neil is the recipient of an apparently unending supply of CDs, records and other promotional material. His office shelves are creaking under the weight of assorted rock and roll paraphernalia, VIP stickers, posters and backstage lanyards. For 50 early bird supporters, Neil will send a pack of ten hand selected promo CDs and one piece of promo memorabilia. Plus (on publication) a signed first edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in back of book.
Only 70 available.
$75  + shipping
8 pledges

Musical Collectible

STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION signed CD soundtrack of original songs from the novel, recorded by Zero & other characters, with original artwork. A signed first edition of the hardback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$75  + shipping
22 pledges

Early-Bird: Telling Tales

For early supporters, the opportunity to come and meet Neil for a quiet, convivial drink in a London pub, to hear about the book first hand, listen to uncensored tales from the rock and roll frontline and pop questions about the many legendary stars he has encountered first hand. Plus (on publication) a signed first edition hardback, e-book edition and your name in back of book.
$115  + shipping
3 pledges

Original Artwork Prints

Neil started out as a graphic artist designing magazine and record covers and has been amusing himself creating album artwork for the fictional musical characters in his novel, from one eyed bluesman Honeyboy Burnside to foul mouthed trap rapper EgoPuss, wide eyed pop diva Cadence Butterscotch and nu metal band The Utopia Avalanche. Become the proud owner of strictly limited edition original signed sleeve print from the imaginary album of your choice. Plus the limited edition CD, a signed first edition of the hardback, the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
Only 30 available
$150  + shipping
13 pledges

Launch Party

Neil and musical guests will perform a set of original songs from the book at the launch party in London. Plus limited edition CD & poster, a signed first edition of the hardback, the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$300  + shipping
4 pledges

Journalism Masterclass

Neil is one of the leading music journalists in the UK, with newspaper and magazine experience going back nearly 4 decades. He is a former features editor at GQ and an experienced broadcaster with his own interview show on Vintage TV. He will lead a one-day masterclass in media journalism at his home in London. Plus 2 tickets to the launch party, limited edition CD & poster, signed 1st edition hardback, e-book edition and your name in the back of the book.
Only 10 available.
$750  + shipping
2 pledges

Killing Bono Package

Signed copy of Killing Bono book and CD, rare Neil McCormick solo album The Ghost Who Walks on CD, signed copy of U2xU2 (ghostwritten by Neil), rare Shook Up! 12” single PLUS one valuable hand-picked item from Neil's treasure trove of U2 memorabilia. Plus limited edition CD & poster, 2 tickets to the launch party, signed first edition of the hardback, ebook and your name in the back of the book.
Only 4 available.
$750  + shipping
4 pledges

Patron

Your name printed with a special thanks in the front of the book, plus two tickets to the launch party and ten signed first edition of the hardback and the ebook.

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Zero is the latest craze. Young, sexy, smart and brilliant, a 24-7 #genius and multi-hyphenated (singer-songwriter-rapper-producer) next level superstar for the digital generation. According to his publicist at least.

He's also an obnoxious, narcissistic, insecure, hyperactive, coke-snorting, pill-popping, loud-mouthed, oversexed, misogynistic, misanthropic maelstrom of contradictions skating over the thin ice of terminal self-loathing. But that is all part of the attraction.

He has touched down in New York with his sycophantic entourage for the simultaneous launch of a new single/album/movie/tour. It is countdown to Year Zero. But the mixed race Irish-Colombian boy (Pedro Ulysses Noone to what's left of his shattered family) at the centre of the media feeding frenzy is cracking up. Inside the echo chamber of his own skull, he isn't sure he deserves all the attention, doesn't even know if he wants it anymore and is being driven half mad by the mysterious absence of the love of his life. His fiancé, legendary singer and actress Penelope Nazareth, is all over the internet canoodling with a co-star on the set of an Aztec epic shooting in the Amazon jungle.

As the crucial hour of Zero's launch approaches the young star cuts and runs, pursued by paparazzi, news reporters, fans, fortune hunters and his Mephistophelian manager Beasley.

He's about to find out that when you have the most famous face in the world, you can run … but you can't hide.

#Zero marks the fiction debut of Daily Telegraph music critic and TV presenter Neil McCormick, author of Killing Bono, a memoir of his own failed musical career (made into a feature film in 2011, starring Ben Barnes as Neil and Martin McCann as Bono). “The best book about trying to make it in the music business I have ever read” according to Sir Elton John. Write about what you know is generally considered sage advice to the budding novelist. Well, up to a point...

#Zero is the story of a lost boy trying to escape from himself in the full glare of modern media. It’s is a pitch black satire of celebrity, a revealing peak behind the velvet curtains of the contemporary music business and a wild, comical, musical odyssey across America, as our modern day Ulysses sets sail for his Penelope, crossing paths with sirens, succubi and an ancient one eyed bluesman named Clarence Honeyboy Blindside. At its dark heart beats a tender story about family, love, loss and sacrifice; a moving meditation on the black hole of emotional need that powers the 21st Century's obsessional lust for fame. Featuring guest appearances by Sting, Sir Elton John and Bono.

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$40  + shipping
55 pledges

Hardback

A first edition of the hardback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
Buy now
$60  + shipping
69 pledges

Early Bird: Rock and Roll Paraphernalia

As a music critic, Neil is the recipient of an apparently unending supply of CDs, records and other promotional material. His office shelves are creaking under the weight of assorted rock and roll paraphernalia, VIP stickers, posters and backstage lanyards. For 50 early bird supporters, Neil will send a pack of ten hand selected promo CDs and one piece of promo memorabilia. Plus (on publication) a signed first edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in back of book.
Only 70 available.