"Footy Rocks" brings together 50 of the finest, most whacked out and original musings on football to be written this century. John Nicholson has, since 2001, been writing pieces for the biggest, best most original and most popular football web site on the internet: football365.com. Over that period of time, he's made tens of thousands of readers every week laugh out loud, seethe with anger and also just scratch their heads and say 'what the hell is he on about'? For years, he's been asked to bring out a 'Greatest Hits' book. His trademark rambling stories of rock n roll based dissolution with a bit of football tagged on at the end are all here. Sex and drugs and rock n roll are never far away from John's football writing and contained in this book are some of his most classic moments such as The Barnsley Surrealist Collective where John undergoes a psychotropic narcotic experiment to see why people go to see rubbish football. Other infamous episodes here include 'A Very 70s Xmas' when the author witnesses a most unusual Xmas present being administered to a friend in Middlesbrough's Holgate End by a Suzi Quatro look-a-like.
There are tales of John's days of touring around his beloved California in a band which he uses as analogies for all manner of contemporary football issues. A whole cast of characters emerge: Hairy Tony, Hunter, Lenny, Edie, Two Red Setters in Jedburgh, a man with his very own Love Pump and Frankie who fell in madly love with Graeme Souness are all here and many, many more in 50 mad, bad and dangerous to know columns. In amongst the madness are some serious rants about the state of the game and the people who run, play and watch it. John has written a new, substantial intro to each piece to set it's context. This is a great read, not just for anyone who loves football but for anyone who enjoys talk of sex and drugs and rock and roll and drinking Armadillo sherry out of milk bottles. But it doesn't stop there. Two major new previously unpublished writings are also included here. "What's What: A Rock n Roll Granddad" takes us back to late 60s Castleford and with a surprisingly sensitive evocation of those days brings us closer to understanding why, as one reader from Keighley once asked John 'Why are you so mad?'.
Finally, 'Code of the Road' is an excerpt from the book of the same name that will be published early in 2007. It's already being called, admittedly mostly by John himself, as a rambling rock n roll road movie of book about him and his mates touring around California playing music and falling in and out of love with La La Land and all its devils and angels. This is just a taste of the salty stuff you can expect when the book comes out. "Footy Rocks!" is a book for everyone with a passion for having a good time, all the time.
John Nicholson was born in Hull in the black and white days of 1961 and grew up on Teesside in the 70s before leaving for three years of Polytechnic life in Newcastle where he got a degree in English Literature despite hardly ever going to any lectures due to being out his mind on mushrooms a lot. In 2001 he got his column on Football365 and set about redefining what football journalism might be like. Now also writing for the Daily Record, John lives in Edinburgh with his artist/designer partner Dawn in a big apartment full of large sofas, over 7,000 albums and a massive telly. He lies down a lot and has been known to enjoy a few shandies.