I’ve been trying to catch up with my podcast listening, and today this included Mark Ellen and Rob Fitzpatrick talk to John Niven about the mad world of the A&R on their weekly Word podcast (main Word Weekly Podcast page).  Niven has written a novel called “Kill Your Friends” inspired by his real experiences of the record industry and A&R.  The podcast is very interesting thirty minutes of listening (click here to listen or download) as the trio discuss both the book and the realities of the A&R industry.  Mark & Rob clearly rate the book, but the discussion about the book has intriguing enough that I shall be getting the book.