Surviving The Biz

Jon Ronson’s memoirs of a former life as Frank Sidebottom’s keyboard player, and the genuine maverick that was Sidebottom himself, are most enjoyable. Sidebottom – Chris Sievey – was also an early computer programmer. His game The Biz, is a music industry simulator from 1984 that gives you a taste of the big time, 8-bit style. Stick at it for a few weeks and you even get to do a Peel Session. It’s available here at World of Spectrum. Sievey also wrote the game Flying Train. In addition to the film written by Ronson – Frank – there’s also a kickstarted documentary on Sievey/Sidebottom: Being Frank.

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