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Beats International: Play That Funky Music, White Boy

Mat Snow, Q, November 1991

SOME POP MUSICIANS know stardom has arrived when the crowds at the in-store signing have to be kept back by a police cordon. For others, it's that talked-about debut appearance on Top Of The Pops. For still more, it's the Glasgow Apollo cheering them to the rafters. But for Norman Cook of Beats International, the revelation that he was a celebrity in the somewhat obscure nook of the global village they call Zambia came to him while sitting on the lavatory.

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