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It's Lovely To Be Here: The Touring Diaries Of A Scottish Gent Paperback – 3 Feb 2011


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber / Domino Press; Reprint edition (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571272142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571272143
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Life on the road . . .

About the Author

Resident of the East Nuek of Fife, James Yorkston has been releasing a series of critically acclaimed albums on Domino Records since 2001 and toured the UK and Europe for the last ten years, building a loyal and dedicated fanbase and following.

A regular performer at festivals such as Green Man, Latitude, Big Chill and Meltdown, Yorkston will undertake a full live tour in support of It's Lovely to Be Here including passages of spoken-word performance from the diaries themselves.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Clark on 19 Jun 2011
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What a delightful wee book. Given the price, well worth the entrance fee. The title says it all, there are no surprises or plot twists. This is the sometime diary of a minstrel practicing his craft.
Truth be told, I bought this book as a bit of a punt.
There is a certain chilled cadence to the writing that, once used to, genuinely draws you along. It was a book I read from cover to cover.
I put my hand up and say 'When The Haar Rolls In' ranks in my list of top 5 favourite albums, so yeah I am a follower of the mans music.
But as a result of this book I got into another band who are really good and who appear to be on a wee bit of a hiatus.
For me the epilogue was a real throat-lumper.

Buy this book, enjoy his music, listen to UNPOC and visit Cellardyke, it's a lovely wee place.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joeboy on 11 Mar 2011
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James will not pretend to have penned a literary classic. These really are no more than tour diaries, with a thoughtful intro and lots of fun and games along the way.

As an often humorous account of life on the road, it works a treat. The repetitive nature of touring comes through loud and clear, but there are enough quirky stories, and it's all told in such a warm and endearing way, that this is still a satisfying read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. D. Simmons on 6 July 2011
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James shows you both the good and bad sides of touring as a solo musician. With his dry sense of humor, his stories of every day encounters make for a relaxing read.
He also mentions a few books he was reading, which has made me discover new authors, but I am Easily Led.
Recommended
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. J on 19 Feb 2011
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The life of a touring minstrel doesn't have to be all about trashing hotel rooms and jumping into swimming pools from third floor balconies. But on this evidence it might just be about slipping old ladies valium on short continental hops, and sharing sleeper carriages with red-faced goose-toting men called Rupert. This book isnt a shockingly confessional warts n'all litany of international crimes and other shenanigans, because that just isn't what James Yorkston is about, but rather a gently surreal, beautifully intimate, wonderfully poetic, and occasionally laugh out loud funny account of a journey through the bad lands of Europe and North America. Yorkston makes you feel right at home beside him as he trudges (willingly) from gig to gig, sharing in his quiet triumphs and laughing off the inevitable odd duff night in some freezing Polish town. Written in the same soft-spoken style as one of his songs, the comic timing, honesty, and understated poetry conjure an image of a balding, self-effacing but quietly determined vegan Ivor Cutler taking on the world on his own terms armed solely with a guitar, some valium and a hangover. Great stuff, and I for one hope JY keeps exploring his obvious talent as a writer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Winterbottom on 10 Nov 2011
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I have always been fascinated by what musicians do between gigs. The glamorous magazine stuff never seems quite right, and this collection of tour diaries backs that up. Rather than snorting lines of cocaine from the cleavage of a supermodel from a private jet we see the grotty hotels, trains and airport departure lounges that make up the every day reality of a James Yorkston tour.

Though it's not as grim as it sounds, James' friendly nature radiates off the page and he always greets the set backs on the tour with a cheery affable way. In fact, it is this happy disposition that makes the book worth reading. It's like being sat with a mate while he tells you about his travels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Gibson on 2 Aug 2011
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I enjoyed reading this. I'm a fan of his music and it's always interesting to learn stuff about your "idols". I suppose I'm biased but I read it in one sitting, which is a rare thing for me! The absence of any ego is refreshing - even the tetchy moments are funny, and I ended up liking James even more. The music business described here is tough, even when you have an album deal and TV appearances. It's not Shakespeare but it's "no bad" either - you wouldn't be reading this for it's rich symbolism anyway! Buy it if you like JY's music. We're due a new Album btw!!!
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By eric scott on 13 Oct 2012
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Regardless of whether you like his lovely, lilting music or not, this book is a gem. I didn't expect it to be so funny with a tone and style that speaks confidentially into your ear like a friend letting you in on a secret. It's also a beautifully crafted travel tome and reads without ego about life on the road. Yorkston is modesty embodied, in music and narrative, and these reflections on Vegan riders, backwater gigs, musings on airplane fear and minstrel-wandering Europe had me in chortling bits. Highly recommended. Please write a follow up edition. Accompany with some of his great songs.
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