Pete Shelley and Louie Shelley

Pete Shelley was the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of iconic punk band Buzzcocks. He wrote some of punk’s most enduring songs, including ‘Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’, ‘Orgasm Addict’ and ‘What Do I Get?’, as well as solo hits such as ‘Homosapien’, which was subsequently banned from being played on the BBC. Regarded as one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Pete died in 2018.

Louie Shelley was a close friend of Pete’s, and no relation. She first met Buzzcocks while working as a journalist on the Manchester music scene in the late 1990s, going on to work with them in various capacities in the ensuing years. She remains involved in Buzzcocks projects, as well as the Pete Shelley Memorial Campaign.

When Pete Shelley passed away in 2018 we lost the chance to hear one of music’s brightest stars tell his story.

Or so it seemed. Now, recordings have surfaced of a series of remarkable interviews in which Pete tells the story of his life, his band and his place at the beating heart of the punk explosion in fascinating detail.

Recorded over a series of late-night calls with his friend Louie Shelley, the tapes hear Pete talk song-by-song through Buzzcocks releases to reveal the personal memories behind the music and the inspiration for masterpieces such as ‘Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’ and ‘What Do I Get?’.

Published for the first time and with the blessing of Pete’s estate, Ever Fallen In Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes is a tribute to a founding member of punk and a chance to hear one of music’s true visionaries tell his own story at last.

Books by Pete Shelley and Louie Shelley


Represented at The North Literary Agency by Kevin Pocklington.