Nick Griffiths


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DeadStar - who the hell was Garth Tyson
Nick Griffiths

What's it like to reach for the stars, but end up floating in a tin can?

Garth Tyson wanted to be the next David Bowie. He fell short. Waaaay short. Burnt out, he fled the stage at Glastonbury '85, having been pelted with mud, and was never seen again.

You're familiar with the stars of this era: the Adam Ants, Duran Durans and Depeche Modes - musicians who successfully navigated punk and New Wave to become icons.

Bet you've never heard of Garth Tyson - singer, brother, dreamer. Stallholder.

That's why we're here.

Decades after Garth's disappearance, former bandmates, friends, relatives, lovers, music-biz execs and two fans (you try finding more) reunite to tell Garth's compelling, tragicomic tale. Can any shed light on what really happened to him?

Loved Daisy Jones? Try this perfectly squalid British version...

Nick Griffiths first book in ten years is DeadStar an oral history set during punk and New Wave in London. His previous work includes two Doctor Who-based books: 70s/80s memoir, Dalek I Loved You, and Who Goes There, in which he travels around odd parts of Britain, tracking down former show locations, including some steps, several quarries and a very large sandpit. He also wrote the comic travelogues, In the Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose, and its sequel, Looking for Mrs Dextrose. One day he may conclude the Dextrose trilogy.

"Sex, drugs and brilliant prose! So good. A proper British version of Daisy Jones & The Six..." - Book Addict

"A hilarious oral history... with heavy doses of This is Spinal Tap..." - Reedsy Discovery

"I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I am so glad I took the chance! I found myself saying, “one more chapter,” until I’d finished the book in one day..." - Jessica Belmont Blog

"A perfect read for anyone craving the nostalgic 70s/80s music vibe..." -  Bookworm Blogger

"It feels so real, like you could discover a whole other version on Google. But you can't. It's a work of fiction..." - Books by the Boats

"This book is brilliant. Reliving my youth, hearing the songs in my head that I still love and visualising the shocking fashion (when I thought I looked fantastic)... Think Spinal Tap for the 80s - loved it..." Deb's Book Reviews

Print length: 284 pages
Language: English
Publication date: 12 Dec. 2021

Dimensions: 15.24 x 1.63 x 22.86 cm