Archive for the ‘Britney’ Category

Writing from the shrink’s couch

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

I feel an explanation coming on, because I did exactly what Britney asked.

“If you want to understand me, go talk to the people who know me,” she wrote in 2002, long before great misunderstandings took root within a very public meltdown five years later. (more…)

LA Times feature on Britney book

Monday, November 2nd, 2009


photograph by staff photographer Spencer Weiner

photograph by staff photographer Spencer Weiner

Book reviews are like capricious bullets – prone to go in any direction. You might dodge them to write another day but, as sure as eggs are eggs, the writer’s ego will one day take a hit. The author’s challenge is to find objectivity within another’s subjectivity (and not look such a gimp posing between his books!) (more…)

Therapy? You’ll need an alias first…

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

I remember first broaching the subject with the publisher: “I’d like to retain a therapist, to assist my understanding of Britney.”

It was clear from the hesitant response that my editor thought I’d already spent way too much time in LA (and I hadn’t even admitted (more…)

For old time’s sake…

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

During the PR wheeler-and-dealing over the Britney book, it became a dilemma as to where to place the first exclusive interview – Today show or Access Hollywood.

As emails went back and forth between producers and PR, it emerged that my old boss Piers Morgan had landed the stand-in presenter’s job (more…)

Read Vanity Fair post: Britney & Diana

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

As a journalist, I used to aspire/dream of one day having a by-line in Vanity Fair.

This wasn’t a desperate Toby Young-esque dream. But it stirred within  nevertheless; a ‘one-of-these-days’ yearning. Today,  that ‘one day’ became a reality. I doubt Graydon Carter is aware but my ego certainly is. And I guess I’ve got Britney Spears and Princess Diana – and regular contributor and ‘fixer’ Nell Scovell to thank. One more box ticked. Here’s the link to the piece on the Britney and Diana connection, published Oct 1st 2009:

When threesomes don’t count…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

It’s the day before the official US release of the Britney book, and I’m trying desperately hard to maintain a PR focus and ignore the distractions, namely MacKenzie Phillips and Sarah Palin.

An October release for Britney: Inside the Dream was always going to make me a PR underdog and, sure enough, the media is pre-occupied with (more…)

Now what for Britney?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

So, after seven months on the road, back and forth between America and Europe, ‘The Circus starring Britney Spears’ played its last show in Vegas at the weekend. There’ll be a one month break and then she’ll tackle a few dates in Oz.

But the grand illusions and apparatus surrounding this circus-like spectacle are packing up from the main run, taking the clowns, the jugglers and trapeze artists with them. And leaving only one giant elephant in the room; (more…)

A thirst for revelation

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

I had one of those hold-head-in-hands moments the other day when a reporter asked: “Are there any MacKenzie Phillips-style revelations in your Britney book?” As if one seedy, Jerry Springer-esque confession maketh the great read and defines a book’s promotion.

The media’s thirst for dirty revelation seems, nowadays, to be the only measure of a book’s PR worth unless you’re an A-list celebrity with an autobiography or a top-name shoe-in for best-selling fiction. (more…)

An Access Hollywood question

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

“You’re clearly quite a fan of Britney’s aren’t you?” asked the interviewer.

Of all the questions I thought I’d never get asked in life, this ranks high; especially when the said question is asked on camera, recording my answer for NBC’s Access Hollywood.

I wanted to protest and hold up my Deacon Blue collection, and play tunes from my iPod that testified to a genuine admiration for all things Coldplay, Rod Stewart, Missy Higgins and Death Cab for Cutie. (And, once, an inexplicable following of Howard Jones). But the cameras were rolling – and this was all (more…)

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