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Tom Cox
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2 Aug 2004

Peter's mum and dad are worried. Over the last twelve months they've noticed ferocious changes taking place in their son. It's not just the mumbling and the cloud of melancholy that seems to hover permanently over his ever-more-militant mop of curly hair. It's not even the oversized trousers or the numerous metal chains that hang off them. The problem is that Peter, who is fourteen, wants to be a musician - a rock star preferably, but anything else that involves a guitar, gets him bags of money and free CDs, and gives him access to unlimited scantily clad groupies will suffice (as long as it's not classical). Uncoincidentally, ever since the advent of this new ambition, Peter's grades at school have plummeted from very good to somewhere below mediocre. What is to be done?

In the spirit of intellectual enquiry, Peter and music-critic, Tom Cox, set off in a Ford Focus on a journey to the dark heart of Britain's musical heritage, to get the inside track on whether being a musician really is a sensible career choice for a teenager. They hunt the streets of Cambridge for former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett and have numerous encounters with folkies in tights. They explore the wilder shores of prog rock and get up close and personal in a lift with Brian Wilson. Tom gives a masterclass in second-hand-record-shop etiquette and finds that Peter is something of a child prodigy. Most of all, they drive around, talk about stuff and Peter eats crisps.

Part coming-of-age story and part urban travelogue, this brilliantly funny book is a must for anyone who has ever been baffled by a teenage boy.



Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (2 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552771198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552771191
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tom Cox was born in Nottingham in 1975. Since leaving his post as The Guardian's Pop Critic in 2000, he has written seven books, including the Sunday Times top ten bestseller The Good, The Bad And The Furry. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Observer, Esquire, and many other publications. He lives in Devon.

Tom Cox is a very funny writer.' - Kate Atkinson

'Made me laugh out loud.' - David Sedaris

'Tom Cox writes brilliantly about golf.' William Boyd


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Review

"'The best (and funniest) book about that land of lost discontent between 12 and 20 that you'll read this century'" (Julie Burchill Guardian)

"'A music memoir with heart'" (The Mirror)

Book Description

A bit like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but with crisps...


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MEMOIR FOR ALL MUSIC LOVERS 17 Mar 2005
Format:Paperback
Although I never have been (nor ever will be) a teenage boy, I loved this book. Cox's tale can make you laugh out loud as he tries to impart wisdom to a surly, mono-syllabic teenager, while evoking memories of what it was like when every aspect of your life was influenced by what bands you listened to.

It doesn't matter what your musical tastes are, this book contains many Universal Truths:

1. If you don't follow the rules of second hand record shop etiquette, you will be ostracized as quickly as an Amish Elder with a nipple ring

2. Anyone who tells you they had a wild and glamourous time hanging out with rock stars at an after show party is probably lying

3. If you busk in tights, you'd better be carrying a broad sword

4. Unless you're a masochist, have the patience of a saint or a complete thug, managing a band is not a good idea

5. You may go in search Syd, but you never really want to find him

6. At some point while looking back on the musical passions of your younger self, you will definitely have a "what was I thinking?" moment

just to name a few.

The author is hugely knowledgeable and passionate about Britain's musical history and genuinely cares about his young student, which makes this a charming and thoroughly enjoyable book.

Read it yourself - you might learn something.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure rock and roll... 25 Jan 2005
Format:Paperback
I have to disagree with the review already published. This is a fascinating book, full of amusing anecdotes, rock and roll stories, and some very eccentric characters. "Educating Pete" is a thrilling read and is a must for any aging rocker. I myself am a premature aging rocker, aging only 15. However, the aspects of rock covered here provide a very entertaining read. From the folk antics of Circulus, to the search for Syd Barrett, this book is a thoroughly entertaining read. Recommended to any aging rocker, premature aging rocker, or just any rocker.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quickest Book I ever Read! 3 July 2007
Format:Paperback
In a nutshell, this book was fantastic and I felt i could really relate to many of the scenarios and features in this book. I read it in 5 days..really did want to read it all the time!

I like to think that perhaps it came from a similar school to High Fidelity and if you liked that, you will love this!
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