Complicated Shadows paints a detailed and accurate portrait of an intensely private and complex individual. It draws on nearly 50 exclusive interviews with schoolmates, pre-fame friends, early band members, journalists as well as members of The Attractions, producers, collaborators and musicians from all stages of his life and career. Thomson also unearths many previously unknown details about Costello's early years and his personal life, as well as examining his entire musical output using the recollections of those who were there at the time, the majority of whom have never talked on the subject before.
Graeme Thomson is the author of several books. UNDER THE IVY: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF KATE BUSH (Omnibus, 2010) was described by The Irish Times as "the best music biography in perhaps the past decade" and by MOJO as "superb". Record Collector called I SHOT A MAN IN RENO (Bloomsbury, 2008) "one of the most informative and fulfilling music books you're ever likely to read."
BEHIND THE LOCKED DOOR, his definitive biography of George Harrison, will be published in the autumn of 2013: http://amzn.to/16nloR7
Graeme Thomson has written for the Observer, New Statesman, Oxford American, the Telegraph, Time Out, MOJO and Rolling Stone, and contributes regularly to the Guardian, Uncut, the Herald and The Arts Desk. He lives with his family in Edinburgh.
PRAISE FOR 'UNDER THE IVY':
"The best music biography in perhaps the past decade... an absorbing, painstakingly researched and downright fascinating book" - Irish Times
"Superb .... A compelling examination of an artist in a constant state of becoming - Mojo
"Respectful, fascinating and full of insight" - Q
"A masterful biography. Thomson's descriptive language is gorgeous" - The Word
"Sheds a light on the women behind the inspiration of many a modern-day chanteuse - NME
PRAISE FOR 'COMPLICATED SHADOWS':
"That rarest of rock & roll studies: expertly researched, restrained yet stylish, and in perfect tune with its subject's work" - Austin Chronicle
"Those with even a remote interest in rock music of the past 30 years will find his book utterly mesmerizing" - Library Journal
"A vital read ... Thomson here returns one of rock's most elusive figures to flesh and blood ... Definitive." - Uncut
"Brilliantly written . . . in the absence of Elvis Costello putting pen to paper himself, this is far and away the next best thing." - Record Collector
PRAISE FOR 'I SHOT A MAN IN RENO':
"Better musical surveys are hard to find, and the results are positively life-affirming." - Paste
"Its contents more than live up to the billing.... a rich and masterful read." - The Word
"Shows an electric ability to craft delectable imagery with informative reporting..... Dude knows the best musical death trips!" - KEXP, Best Books of 2008
"An essential volume for anyone interested in pop as an all-pervasive social force that soundtracks our lives right up to our last breath.... One of the most informative and fulfilling music books you're ever likely to read" - Record Collector
"A wildly cheering history of the subject of death in popular song." - Observer, Best Music Books of 2008
PRAISE FOR WILLIE NELSON: THE OUTLAW':
"An excellent biography. Thomson is too shrewd a biographer to take [Nelson] at his own estimation." - Paul Du Noyer, The Word
"Thomson tells the Nelson story with incision and insight. Sharp writing, astute observation and a wry attitude .... make for a lively read and a vivid portrait of an often baffling talent. Recommended." - Neil Spencer, Observer Music Monthly