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Bringing It All Back Home [Hardcover]

Robert Wyatt , Ian Clayton
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25 Jan 2007
'Ian's book is of a piece with the man; generous, funny and wise. This is written with a tenderness that only the strongest can aspire to. He describes it, astutely, as the soundtrack to a life and the music embraces everything from half-forgotten music-hall songs to the outer limits of jazz, blues and folk. But beneath these sounds he hears the secret music of the common people - from the mining towns of Yorkshire to the Mississippi Delta - the joy of community and the devastation of loss and betrayal. The final chapter - about Billie Holiday Clayton - is the bravest piece of writing I've ever read. It is, as Lady Day sang, but beautiful.' Alan Plater


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Route Publishing; First edition (25 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901927334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901927337
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 22 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A magical roller coaster that unfurled beyond the confines of the fairground, looping and winding and soaring around time barriers, oceans and continents through every kind of weather.' --Robert Wyatt

The best read I've had all year, at times very funny, genuinely touching and always deeply personal. The perfect book for anyone who has defined their life through music and the memories of their youth.' --Joanne Harris

Ian Clayton is a warm, witty, funny, loving man and that shows in this brilliant compendium of true stories. This is a beautiful book, I think you will enjoy it whatever walk of life you are from. --Richard Hawley

The best read I've had all year, at times very funny, genuinely touching and always deeply personal. The perfect book for anyone who has defined their life through music and the memories of their youth.' --Joanne Harris

Ian Clayton is a warm, witty, funny, loving man and that shows in this brilliant compendium of true stories. This is a beautiful book, I think you will enjoy it whatever walk of life you are from. --Richard Hawley

About the Author

Ian Clayton is a jobbing writer, story teller and broadcaster. He loves books, films and music. He is a traveller, a collector, a gatherer and is passionate about finding the voice of the common people. He still lives in the town where he was born and lists his hobbies as tap-room conversation and gentle subversion. Amongst other things he is a recognised authority on the life and works of Billie Holiday, has a fondness for the comedy songs of George Formby and aspires to play blues harmonica like Jimmy Reed.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the year? I think so. 7 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
Ian writes in a way that is instantly familiar, within a few pages you'll feel like he's an old friend, and empathise with him through the stories he tells, both happy and sad. This is a book anyone can enjoy, I've bought 3 copies of it as presents so far, one for a Blues obsessed relative, one for my Mum who'll enjoy the stories of Yorkshire life and one for a friend who I just get the feeling will love the writing.

It's rare for a book to appeal on so many levels, music is why the book exists in the first place, but even if you don't like blues, or music in general, you'll find much enjoyment in the other aspects of the book, Yorkshire life, or indeed life in general, friendships, relationships, joy and loss are all dealt with in Ians inimitable style.

I could go on, but suffice to say, buy the book, enjoy it and tell your friends about it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Talking About My Generation..." 21 Oct 2008
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
As I cycle into work from the sunny Hawaiian splendiferousness of Walthamstow in East London to the glamour-fest of wee-wee in doorways that is Berwick Street in Central London, I'm constantly reminiscing - and I mean almost all of the time. I don't seem to be able to help it. In September 2008 I turned 50 - so it's probably the age.

Moments just keep coming back to me - and bits of music too. Like "Diamonds Are Forever" by John Barry, a film I mitched school 5 times to see. Walking proudly across the schoolyard with a copy of Rory Gallagher's "Live In Europe" under my arms knowing it to be an object of unbridled lust for other kids in my class. Meeting August Darnell of Kid Creole & The Coconuts at Dublin Airport the day after their National Stadium gig where the crowd went absolutely bananas and invaded the stage in a salsa train ("You guys can party!"). The Celtic folk-rock of Horslips on the back of a truck at a Sunday Fair in 1971, Phil Lynott busking at the bottom of Grafton Street again in 1971 with his fantastically wild hair and other-worldly exoticness, The Specials supporting the John 'Gypie' Mayo line-up of Dr. Feelgood in 1978 (one of the best gigs I've ever seen), the awesome Bon Scott line-up of AC/DC on a cold Monday night in the Camden Ballroom in Dublin on the "Highway To Hell" tour - all of it mind-blowing...

Why mention all of these precious memories - because this book is full of that - moments in time - and most of them related to music. Ian Clayton's "Bringing It All Back Home" is chapter after chapter of great musical remembrances that will tickle pink anyone of my generation - and even though most are British-based anecdotes - their appeal is Universal.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing it all back home strickes a chord 13 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
I was not quite sure what to expect from Ian Clayton the author as opposed to the tv presenter. For a few minutes on screen, i'd always found him engaging and interesting, but for a whole book, that's quite a different matter.
What i found was a book of great warmth, a deeply personal book that gets under your skin, sparks off memories and has a direct emotional impact.
It's an autobiographical book about Ian, a book about music, a book about infatuations, growing and changing, about northern working class life. And whilst its about all of those things, its also much more universal then that. Many of the stories in the book resonated strongly, often the
context was different but the underlying experience very similiar.
This is a brilliant book, its got me reading again, and listening to music again, and its got me thinking a lot about my upbringing, my family,my kids and what really matters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a masterpiece 16 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ian Clayton has written not just a masterpiece about music but a beautiful and important work of social history. He writes wonderfully, easily and conversationally about music's capacity to electrify, liberate and expand one's imagination, curiosity and sense of possibility. And no other book I have read captures the companionship of shared musical tastes as this does. Again and again, Bringing It All Back Home made me rush to the record shelves. But almost regardless of subject matter, this is a literary triumph of irrepressible humour, touching humility and downright humanity. At the end of this book, you'll believe Ian Clayton is your best mate. Or you'll really wish he were. Ian Clayton understands!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best music book of 2007 by a country mile 27 Sep 2007
Format:Hardcover
Everything reminds me of something. I have filled my
house and my head with things; books, records,
paintings, stories; souvenirs that have no meaning
except to me. Sometimes I think my house is my head
and my head has become my house.

Ian Clayton 'Bringing it all back home'

I am not normally a person who trots out superlatives
but I can honestly say Ian Clayton's book is one of
the best ever written about music. And 'Bringing it
all back home' will make sense to anyone who
understands the intrinsic value of collecting music
and savouring memories. We live in an age, where we
are constantly advised to get rid and de-junk our
homes (minds?) and Ian's book is a vindication that
holding on to things does matter and to treasure old
LP's is a perfectly normal and justifiable thing to
do.

It is always hard when you review a book not to give
to much away. I think ultimately you want people to
get hold of it and read it for themselves. Ian's book
is a very special thing indeed. Some books about music
are very cold and academic and leave the reader very
much on the outside. But Ian's book is funny, moving,
wise........all the things that we would expect really
from a Yorkshireman. The last chapter about the
tragic death of his daughter, Billie Holiday Clayton
is one of the moving passages I've ever read. I hope
I've said enough to make you want to get hold of this
book.
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