Andy Ross RIP (head of Food Records, Blur manager and ex Sounds writer)Really shocked to hear of the death of Andy Ross.

He was so full of music and life with a heart of gold and a very loud exuberant and deeply intelligent personnae that he was a life force. A howling gale of opinion, music and great anecdotes and a magnet for the beautiful madness that often overshadowed his bands. How much of early Blur was actually him was often hard to tell.

It was always a pleasure to bump into Andy walking around Camden. The former boss of Food records was also the architect of Blur’s rise to the top and the brilliant Blur v Oasis battle for the number one spot. Creating a perfect pop  culture moment was so Andy. He was one of those people who was full of music and raging and hilarious and captivating arguments and mad discussions. I knew him from the late eighties when we both wrote for Sounds together, often locking horns on the new Manchester bands that I wrote about in that good natured intense banter and discussion and totally black and white opinions of true music heads.

Last time I saw Andy was in 2019 when I did a an event with him and Alan McGee  where I refereed a good natured and intense discussion between the two in Islington over the Blur v Oasis chart battle – it was a fascinating evening and the plan was to take it on tour but it never came to pass.

If only.

God bless you Andy.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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  1. I met and got to know Andy fairly well in the early-to-mid 90’s when Food had an indie-offshoot which went through the company I worked for (Strangelove being the main act on that imprint).

    The Andy I got to know was a really lovely bloke, very down to earth and overall great company (and seemed a million miles away from his better known business partner).

    He was genuinely interested in music – which I’ve found to be never a given in the music industry – and I fondly remember us bonding over our joint immense enthusiasm for the Swiss orchestral / metal / psychedelic geniuses The Young Gods.

    I left the music industry by the late 90’s and didn’t cross paths with him again until I saw him by chance 3-4 years ago in a beer garden in Islington. I didn’t reintroduce myself at the time (simply because I assumed he wouldn’t remember me and it would be “awkward”) but now I wish I had been a bit more upfront because there can’t ever be a next time.

    RIP Andy. Fondly remembered.

  2. My Band the Brontes met Andy in October 1990 and it was the sir George roby pub Finsbury Park. He attended many of our concerts afterwards, even came to see us at The Royal Standard in Bradford and Camden Falcon. Everyone in bands around that period loved him, he was a genuine music fan and top draw music industry personality who had time for new music at all levels. Sad to hear he’s passed on. RIP Andy ☮️

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