Ed Jones was born in Geneva in 1964 and lived in Switzerland until the age of 13. He met his Wigan-born wife at Lancaster University, where he gained a degree in French, Politics and Media Studies. His career has spanned equally the worlds of sport and music; he has worked for The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, Bolton Wanderers Football Club and CMP Entertainment, an international music promoter. He has worked as a football contributor for The Observer, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Sunday Mirror; and lives in Lancashire with his wife, and two children.
‘Definitive guide to life at the bottom of rock’s barrel …hugely entertaining’ – NME
‘A supremely gripping memoir that gallops along with demented energy’ – Q
Books by Ed Jones
This is Pop
With a foreword by Cool Britannia and Creation Records supremo Alan McGee.
“Can you imagine if we’d carried on releasing records and it’d never happened? What would we have done? Just disappeared and gone and lived in a fucking igloo? Because when you believe in something so strongly, for it not to happen would’ve been scary” – Richard Ashcroft, The Verve
But The Verve had made it. And when they played a celebratory homecoming gig at Haigh Hall, Wigan, thirty-three thousand souls including supermodels and a BBC film crew turned up. Also in that crowd stood Ed Jones, former bassist of The Tansads: three LPs released with a highest chart position of 101; claim to fame: were once supported by a band called The Verve. And Pulp. And Cast. This is his story. The story of ‘the others’ — the ones that don’t make it, where there are no stars and no pat Hollywood endings. That’s what this book is about. This is reality. This is Pop.
All Rights: Jenny Brown Associates
In 1972, Hunter Davies wrote one of the defining sports books, The Glory Game, in which he chronicled a season from inside a leading football club—Tottenham Hotspur. Now, three decades on, and with the Football League now the money-spinning Premiership, Ed Jones has been granted similar access all areas to the latest, and perhaps most unexpected recruit to the top flight: Wigan Athletic.
When Davies was writing his magnum opus, Wigan were still a non-league club. For the first time in their existence, they’re rubbing shoulders with the big boys, kicking off with a home game against Chelsea and finishing with an away trip to Arsenal. In between, Ed Jones will be chronicling what it is really like behind the scenes of a Premiership club—from the players to the tea ladies, the dug out to the chairman’s helicopter.
Shortlisted for the National Sporting Club Book Award.
World Rights: Time Warner
Ed Jones is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan –firstname.lastname@example.org