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"Fiction is just a different way to tell the truth."

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

I did an interview with an Irish music website, and blabbed at length about writing #Zero, the U2 generation, working for Hot Press, Telegraph & Vintage TV, my worst interview, my favourite albums, the life of a music journalist & why, at the end of a long day writing for a living, I might choose to stay up all night writing for fun. I didn't expect them to transcribe my every utterance. But here…

Frightening, alienating & lethal in high doses. Why fame is killing our idols.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Georgemichael

In the George Michael documentary Freedom, recently broadcast by Channel 4, the late superstar discusses a particular aspect of 1980s pop where “this handful of massive celebrities were constantly battling in the charts.” The musicians he had in mind were Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince and, ultimately, George Michael himself, who went “full gusto” into creating a “new character” to stand alongside…

There Are Too Many Books

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Neilbooks

I love bookshops. New and secondhand, specialist and generalised. Walking into a bookshop is like walking into church for me, the sacred space where literature in all its forms is revered. Yet they can also be overwhelming and spiritually enervating. The initial euphoria I experience upon entering these cathedrals of the written word can turn to a kind of cultural vertigo, a dizzying sense of…

"Pain is what we salve with art"

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

 u2podcast

I did an interview with the @u2 podcast about the genesis of my book, the toxicity of fame, the perils of crowdfunding, the state of publishing & why I keep a death mask on my bookshelf. You can listen here: https://goodstuff.fm/atu2/68 

"The problem is my imagination ran riot ..."

Sunday, 8 October 2017

I did an interview with Harry Kantas at U2songs.com about the writing of #Zero. Read on to find the unlikely connection between Homer's Odyssey, James Joyce's Ulysses and my fictional character; what made Ellie Goulding scream in my face and how to add ten million dollars to a film budget with the stroke of a pen.

http://www.u2songs.com/news/zero_a_look_at_neil_mccormicks_new_book

Becoming #Zero. How a rock star changed my title.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Imag4140

 

This was a doodle I did for a possible cover for my book. Let me tell the story of how it came to be called #Zero.

I’ve been dreaming this book up for a long time, pretty much since I finished Killing Bono. As you may know, it was originally published as I Was Bono’s Doppelganger, which had a cheesy B-movie drama that I liked. But after Bono read the manuscript, he pointed out that it was…

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