Lucky Kunst: the rise and fall of Young British Art
by Gregor Muir
'Muir doesn't put a foot wrong... this lucid, lurid, indiscreet memoir of gilded gutters, "more drugs than milk", Sensation, Hirst's shark and Emin's bed, is an unrivalled record of 1990s Cool Britannia, when British art wowed the world' Jackie Wullschlager
In 1988 no-one outside a semi-derelict, little-frequented backwater of East London had heard of Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin or the Chapman brothers, let alone envisioned putrefying sharks or fried eggs and a kebab as pioneering works of art. But Gregor Muir, the 'embedded journalist' of the nascent community of Young British Artists, was there to witness their outrageous, hilarious and very badly-behaved rise to fame...