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Signing a record deal at the age of 17 is something Alex didn’t plan for, but it sets him on a path that will bring him tantalisingly close to fame, not once, but three and a half times over the next 7 years.

Things don't always go as planned as he ditches school and jumps from US record deals to UK TV appearances, even joining a boy band in his epic quest for fame.

Alex encounters neo-nazis and gangsta rappers up close, and experiences tragedy, mental health challenges and sexual abuse, all during the cultural shift of the 90s meeting the likes of The Fall, Suede, Blur, Patti Boyd, Mansun and PJ & Duncan on the way.

Three And A Half Minutes of Fame is an authentic look back at the 90s, the last decade before social media, seen from the experiences of an Essex boy with a dream.


“Fun, nostalgic and painfully honest. A brilliant ride through the ups, downs, hopes and dreams of gigging in the 90s.”
Lucy Nichol, Author, The 27 Club and Parklife

"Alex was there at one of the most pivotal times in British rock music, relentlessly observing while playing his drums all over the country. He’s lovingly and unflinchingly captured it all in this cool book- a great read"

Tim Thornton, author, The Alternative Hero & drummer, Fink


Alex Boucher is a writer and musician based near Colchester, Essex.

Keeping a journal during the 90s, he has a detailed archive of his experience as a drummer and performer in acts including Three And A Half Minutes, Travis Cut, NV and Jaff.

Since then he has worked for Disney Channel, ITV, BBC and Channel 4 as a sound engineer. He now runs his own company offering services in the video games industry.

During the lockdowns, he decided to write down his memories of trying to become famous during the 90s and has produced a memoir that showcases the unseen story of what happens when you don’t make it big.

Credits: BAFTA member, Music Venue Trust shareholder, PRS Member, Trustee for Safe in our World.


Three And A Half Minutes of Fame by Alex Boucher will be officially published 27th April 2024 - but you can get your copy of this superb trip back to the nineties immediately by ordering it direct from us now.


216 pages.

Paperback ISBN 9781916864207

Ebook ISBN 9781916864214

Three And A Half Minutes of Fame by Alex Boucher

SKU: 9781916864207
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