I read Smash Hits for years. Loved Mark Ellen as a pop journalist and he and David Hepworth were the backbone of the best years of the magazine. Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys started his career writing for it and I recall him being the first writer to interview Madonna in the UK. Also recall the lovely send off he got when he left as the PSB were taking off.
Smash Hits was unusual. It never had a snobby attitude music, it would talk about all aspects. Mark Ellen did a piece on the Incredible String Band, who were a sitar folk prog act in the late 1960's in a pop mag who was interviewing Duran Duran and Wham.
Great writing, great photographs and the background to my teen years.
Wow i never knew about that Book, "Nothing Is Real" , love that tag, The Beatles were underrated, i must seek out this book. I just finished the Anthology book and picked up Roger Daltrey's biography (half price in WHSmiths)