Miranda Ward

F**k The Radio, We've Got Apple Juice
  • F**k The Radio, We've Got Apple Juice

  • What happens when getting played on Radio 1 isn't the goal anymore? What if music is really just about music?

    A few years ago, Little Fish were signed to a major label and recorded an album in LA. They've toured with some big names (last year Debbie Harry saw them supporting Courtney Love and asked them to join Blondie for a UK tour, for instance) and played all over the world.

    But earlier this year, they did the opposite of what the traditional rock n' roll myth says you should do: they came home again. They left their label, set up a recording studio in an Oxford bungalow, and started doing the things that made them happy, instead of the things they thought they should do to get played on Radio 1. They sent hand-letter-pressed cards to their fans, held raffles in the middle of their gigs, and played acoustic sets at local open mic nights.

    Independence has raised a lot of questions for Little Fish. Why do we make music? What do people want from bands? How do you create a community? How can we make a living? What is a living? Joined by friend and writer Miranda Ward, who quit her job to follow them on their adventure, they plan to explore these questions, even if they never find answers, and to tell the stories about being in a band that you don't get to hear in NME.

    F**k the Radio is a book about Little Fish, but it's also a book about making it work, making your own way, and making stuff - music, comics, t-shirts, fishy paper squares, stickers, badges, vinyl, stop-motion animations, even books. And fresh apple juice. It's about declaring your independence and rewriting the myths you live by.

Miranda Ward grew up on a ranch in California, came to visit Oxford, and stayed. Though not a musician, she has followed the band Little Fish for the past three years as an observer. She's like a travel writer who doesn't need to travel. Her blog is a charming and intelligent insight into modern life, peppered with rants and essays. She writes for various publications online including Cool Hunting and Matador Travel.

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