Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Godfather Of Oi: Garry Bushell Heads For Lakeside

SUN columnist Garry Bushell will be signing copies of his autobiography “Bushell on the Rampage” at Waterstones on Saturuday between 11am and 1pm.

Most people will have heard of Garry Bushell; rock writer, controversial columnist, TV critic, author, singer and friend to the stars, but very few know much about the private man behind his outspoken public image.

This book provides a fascinating insight into the life of someone who is equally at home in the company of dockers and villains as rock idols and soap stars; but it is also an honest and moving account of the personal tragedy and pain that has made Garry who he is.

Perhaps best known for his award-winning column Bushell on the Box, during his long and colourful career Garry has been hailed as ‘the Godfather of Oi’, toured America with his punk band, appeared on more than 2,000 television shows, penned two novels and even appeared in a gangster film. He has dated glamour girls, been fed heroin by Hanoi Rocks, and befriended Benny Hill and Barbara Windsor; he has been investigated by M15, stalked by an obsessive fan, had knives thrown at him by Freddie Star and had his eye-brows shaved off by Ozzy Osborne. He has also fathered five children and found lasting happiness with new country singer Leah McCaffrey.

Bushell said: “I’m writing this book to dispel the myths that have built up around me and to confront the prejudices that anyone from a working class background tends to encounter. I’ve had an incredible life. I’ve been part of the rock world, the comedy world, Fleet Street, television, politics, celebrity and even the underworld, and have fantastic stories to tell. A lot of people will be worried about how much I’ve got to say about them, including household names.”

Apex Publishing’s Chris Cowlin said: “Garry’s autobiography tells it as it is including all the highs and lows that have shaped his life to date. The book, which is full of anecdotes and humour, also provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at the world of print and television media – you simply won’t be able to put it down. The book will be stocked in all good book shops from 11 September 2010”.


  1. Garry Bushell is a legend, his Bushell on the Box column was a joy to read, the best thing I remember about Garry Bushells was when he appeared on An Audience With Freddy Star, makes me laugh just thinking about that.


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