All This and Many a Dog - Memoirs of a Loser/Pessimist

All This and Many a Dog - Memoirs of a Loser/Pessimist

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Jim Godbolt
began a lifelong involvement with jazz in the 1930s. He became manager of George Webbís Dixielanders after demobilisation from the Royal Navy and ran a band agency with Lyn Dutton and Humphrey Lyttelton before forming his own agency in 1952. He left the entertainment business in 1971 to concentrate on a career in writing and his memoir of working in the music industry, was published as All This and 10%. To support himself while writing he worked for a time as a meter reader and his memoir, updated in 1986 to include his hilarious meter reading experiences, was re-published as All This and Many a Dog. In 1979 he founded Jazz At Ronnie Scottís. the house magazine of Ronnie Scottís Club which he edited until 2006.

His other books include A History of Jazz in Britain, 1919-50, also re-published by Northway Books.

"A jazz book by a man who understands that jazz is struggle not perfection."
Mike Zwerin, International Herald Tribune

"The whole spectrum of post-war pop music - the explosion of the Beatles and the demise of the big bands... written in an easy conversational tone."
Spike Milligan, Mail on Sunday

"Highly intelligent and articulate... He has an excellent eye and ear for the quirks of others... irresistible."
George Melly, The Guardian

"More than a chuckle guaranteed."
Financial Times

"Hilarious... essential reading to anyone with an interest in the bizarre machinations behind the glossy front of showbiz."
Music Week