Publisher Omnibus Press announce the first fully comprehensive Arctic Monkeys biography, written by Ben Osborne, published May 2013

Omnibus Press is pleased to announce author, music journalist and DJ Ben Osborne is penning the ultimate biography of the Arctic Monkeys to coincide with the 10th anniversary of their debut gig in the summer of 2003, ready for publication in May 2013.

This is the first fully comprehensive biography of the Arctic Monkeys. The definitive guide to the first British band to become a global hit in the internet age, the book will be a must-have for fans - and a must-read for anyone with an interest in the history and future of the music industry.

Featuring original research and interviews, the biography will follow the Arctic Monkeys’ from hip-hop loving schoolboys, through the hard slog of being an unsigned, gigging band and to their meteoric rise.

The book will describe how innovative fans used the internet to propel the band to success and examine the role played by the group’s management team and label. 

Ben Osborne is a writer, musician and DJ. He has written extensively about music for the music business bible, Music Week, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent on Sunday, i-D, various blogs and DJ Magazine. He has presented long-running radio shows for Xfm, NME Radio and Totallyradio, is the author of the acclaimed history of clubbing, The A-Z of Club Culture, and is the founder of Noise of Art.

Ben Osborne says: ‘I’m very grateful to Omnibus Press for giving me the opportunity to write in depth about the Arctic Monkeys. Their story is a classic tale of British rock ‘n’ roll - a tale of suburban schoolmates who, amongst other things, grew to headline the biggest show on earth of 2012: The Olympics’ opening ceremony.

‘In an era where the singles chart has been dominated by manufactured pop acts, it is a mark of their ability and connection with fans, that they’re one of the few current guitar acts that’s managed to penetrate both albums and singles charts. It is a story that is contentious, but one that saw the internet propel a band to stardom for the first time - helping them break records with the fastest selling debut LP.  Arctic Monkeys are the next chapter in a British songwriting history that goes back to The Kinks and The Beatles.’ www.twitter.com/djbenosborne

David Barraclough the book’s commissioning editor adds: ‘When the idea of an Arctic Monkeys book was first suggested I was amazed to discover that there had been no biography of the band published since 2006.  For such an endlessly fascinating group, this seems inexplicable. And within minutes of reading Ben Osborne’s proposal, I knew he was the ideal person to write the book.’

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