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Head-On/Repossessed [Paperback]

Julian Cope
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4 April 2005

Julian Cope’s highly acclaimed autobiography and its long-awaited sequel in one extraordinary volume.

Julian Cope shot to fame with eighties band ‘Teardrop Explodes' during the Punk era. Hailed as a visionary by those people who recognise his genius and a madman by those who find him perplexing, he has become a cult figure in the music world.

Head-On/Repossessed is written in Cope’s own inimitable style and follows his journey through a time of incredible change within the music industry.
Head-on is the highly acclaimed autobiography that The Observer viewed as “book of the year” when it was first released. Repossesed picks up in 1983 where Head On ends and continues up until 1989.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Element; New edition edition (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007197756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007197750
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Hilarious, observant and deeply subversive.' I-D

'Considered and self-deprecating…Mighty.' TIME OUT

'Repossessed…is one of the best books about the 80s ever written and without doubt the best book about toy cars, hermiting, integrity and drug paranoia.' THE GUARDIAN

'Cope's passion and intelligence are well served by a vein of self-deprecating wit.' THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

'Wondrous memoirs of fleeting stardom and LSD-induced psychosis.' Q MAGAZINE [The 50 Best Music Books Ever, 2001]

'Cope's rocking writing at its most infectious, moving and hilarious.' NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS

'Compulsive reading…This man is truly a genius.' LOADED

'A wryly rendered masterpiece.' Q MAGAZINE

About the Author

Julian Cope shot to fame with `Teardrop Explodes’ during the Punk era. He has continued to make albums and produce other performers. He has written three books all of which have received ecstatic reviews –`The Modern Antiquarian’ has established itself as a classic travel guide to ancient Britain and remained in the bestseller lists for many weeks.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please write one about the next 15 years 5 Jun 2009
I went to see Julian Cope, just knowing him as the bloke out of the Teardrop Explodes vaguely remembering something about him being a bid mad. He appeared and had gloriously metamorphised into a rampant rock god, interspersing his songs with gleeful appeals to have great bad pagan fun. I came away wanting to know alot more about him and discovered that he is also a megalith (dont know what this is yet)expert and very passionate about alot of important things. This led me to buying this book and it was just as awe inspiring as the visual experience of him.

The 2 books take you from mid 70s to 1989, and submerge you in his very up and down creative journey through the variously innocent, drug fuelled, egocentric, paranoid, love and friend filled world of the Liverpool and British alternative music scene.

The endlessly fascinating rock and roll stories and characters are set amidst a landscape of what is going on in Cope's head throughout it all, which is what makes this book so riveting. I ended up with a notebook writing down books and people he mentioned that inspired him.

First stop his megalith book, then some George Gurdjieff, Jung......

Inspired me so much to do things I have just written my first review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness and perfection 17 Jan 2008
By delilah
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I'm reading these two volumes for the second time and have to agree with all the previous reviewers. A fantastic read - funny, scary, gobsmacking, mad, very touching and, also, very honest. Cope might be regarded as a bit of an egomaniac, but the book has its fair share of self-doubt and self-depracation. Head-On is the better volume, at least for me. Mainly because, as a previous reviewer has said, I can remember and relate to many of the events, whereas Repossessed is off the scale of most people's experiences, although no less interesting as a result. For anyone whose formative years include the late 70s/early 80s, this should strike many chords. If you were a Bunnymen/Teardrop fan it will do so much more. His account of the rise of the Teardrops and his relationship with Ian ("Duke McCool"!) McCulloch, is particularly fascinating, and the way in which this book is written suggests it is nothing less than a completely honest recollection of events as Cope saw, experienced and recollected them (albeit after 1981 through a drug-induced haze most of the time).

In short, I can't recommend this book highly enough. Buy it, put on Kilimanjaro/Wilder and hold on tight: it's going to be a bumpy ride!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best autobiography I have read. 18 Aug 2009
I read this book as a casual fan of the Teardrop Explodes and Julian Cope's solo work, and was genuinely astonished by how good both books were. I would go as far as to say that, with the two books as a sum, this is the best autobiography I have ever read. Funny, honest, exciting, informative...it's not just everything you would want from someone writing an account of their life, it's actually up there with the best fiction novels. The human side he presents of himself - from getting bullied at school to being driven up the wall by his crackhead neighbours - is even more enjoyable than his recollections of the music scene he was such an important part of. I would go as far as to say that you could read and love this book without knowing anything about Cope's music or the post-punk scene in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down 11 Jan 2013
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Bought this book for my husband for Christmas. He loves it and is up nearly til dawn reading it every night. He even reads me passages out loud. My turn next....
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5.0 out of 5 stars It All Makes Sense Now 1 Jun 2005
By Fin
I've always loved the album "Kilimanjaro". Of all that post-punk era stuff. That album never ages for me. This book will take you the reader on an incredible journey. It's mad, bad and sometimes sad. It even weirded me out at times. Whoa!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book. 31 Jan 2013
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Good book, good read. especially if you are into his music and know the history of the band. good fun
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