My husband 'strayed off the birthday list' to buy me this book. I must admit I was not particularly overjoyed at unwrapping it, though I think I hid it well!. My lack of excitement was due in the main to two factors - firstly, I rarely enjoying reading autobiographies and secondly, whilst I appreciated Blur's music, and even bought some of it, I was never what you would necessarily describe as a 'Blur fan'.
It doesn't happen often, but right here, right now, I will admit that I was wrong!! This book, for me, was in fact a joy to read. I am surprised at some of the less favourable reviews but guess that probably, for the out and out 'musos' and hardcore Blur fans there perhaps was not enough of intricacies of making music and being in one of the biggest bands of the time.
However, what this book did offer was an honest and frank account of a life which, in its prime, was lived in a manner so far removed from my own and, I would guess, the vast majority of us. Alex's behaviour at times would to most people seem ostentatious, excessively decadent and a touch vulgar yet instead of disliking him for it, his honest and humourous approach to telling his tale, really endears him to the reader. He is not afraid to own up to moments and actions that he is less than proud of and does not attempt to excuse or justify his actions (and why should he).
In my experience of reading autobiographies - this is a real cut above. In the past, even when attempting to read of the lives of some of my most treasured heros, I have struggled - too much 'extra' detail, inability to 'tell a tale', lack of humour - all too frequently traits of the autobiog. Not here - Alex is a great wordsmith, full of charisma and good humour. He keeps the book fresh and interesting with every chapter and I found myself leaping through pages in a manner usually only induced by a blockbuster novel.
I cannot recommend highly enough.