The Perfect Prescription

Selected articles on music and medicine by David Coleman


My name is David Coleman. I’m successful and important now, but this wasn’t always the case. It may surprise you to know that back in 1999, I was just another spotty high school student with too much time on my hands. Rather than skulking off to sniff glue, guzzle cider and experiment with drugs like all the other kids, I chose to spend this time in front of a computer. Needless to say, I was single at the time. Shortly after emerging from a bizarre phase during which I spent inordinate amounts of time programming text-based adventure games, I had one of my better ideas. I decided to start an online magazine and No Ripcord was born. The girls remained suitably unimpressed and it probably detracted from my A level results but at last I had something worthwhile to justify my heavy computer usage.

Despite a series of setbacks and web design issues (not to mention nearly a year of downtime during my first year at university in 2001) the site has defied the odds and continues to thrive today. Nine years later, I continue to run the site and contribute reviews as frequently as my other commitments (medicine, football, my own unsuccessful attempts to emulate my musical heroes) will allow.

As the editor-in-chief of a busy website, I certainly don’t need a blog, but I like the idea of having one – plus my girlfriend has two and I feel left out – so I’ve decided to launch this humble site. I plan to use The Perfect Prescription to archive my No Ripcord reviews (and any others that I get round to writing) and to record any random thoughts that I have about music or film. In fact, I might even post short reviews for every film that I get round to watching. Hmmm, we’ll see how long that lasts… (Update: this really didn’t last long at all)


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