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The Story of The Streets [Kindle Edition]

Mike Skinner
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'This book is going to try and get as close as possible to the full story of what informed the noise of The Streets. Obviously that's something I should be fairly well-qualified to know about, and I'm going to be as honest as the publisher's lawyers will allow.'

With the 2001 release of The Streets' debut single 'Has It Come To This?' the landscape of British popular music changed forever. No longer did homegrown rappers have to anxiously defer to transatlantic influences. Mike Skinner's witty, self-deprecating sagas of late-night kebab shops and skunk-fuelled Playstation sessions showed how much you could achieve simply by speaking in your own voice.

In this thoroughly modern memoir, the man the Guardian once dubbed 'half Dostoevsky . . . half Samuel Pepys' tells a freewheeling, funny and fearlessly honest tale of Birmingham and London, ecstasy and epilepsy, Twitter-fear and Spectrum joysticks, spread-betting and growing up. He writes of his musical inspirations, role models and rivals, the craft of songwriting and reflects on the successes and failures of the decade-long journey of The Streets.

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"Cleverer, funnier, more illuminating and beautifully written than anything I have read in the longest time" (Decca Aitkenhead Guardian)

"Skinner is still only thirty-three and, with his talent and eclectic tastes, it is easy to imagine him becoming one of Britain's national music treasures" (Times Literary Supplement)

"A playful description of what pop stardom allows you to get away with, it's a gem" (Independent on Sunday)

"Renegade poet and singer" (Stylist Magazine)

"Mike Skinner was one of the most influential, innovative and intriguing figures of the 2000s. This is an articulate, self-effacing autobiography that displays all the influence of Skinner's restless intellect." (Metro)

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The story of the hugely influential Mike Skinner, the man behind The Streets.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Even though i have all the streets albums i was never a diehard fan. However, this is one of the very best books that i have ever read. I have gone through about 80-90 books over the past 2 years and this really stands out as the best.
Buy it today, support English talent at its finest.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! 12 April 2012
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A fantastic book. I was a huge Streets fan before reading this book and now I'm even more convinced that Mike is indeed a true genius. Mike was very open about himself, laying out what is a complex and at times heart-warming approach to life. Like his music the book is very honest and takes the reader on a journey - both a musical one and a narrative of what is going on in his head. He's very humble, trying to convince the reader that it's all about hard work rather than talent, which is surprising as one always believes a true genius must never have to work that hard! Mike shows that a single-minded approach to his music eventually pays off. He's very self-effacing at times, basically writing off album three as a disaster (it wasn't Mike - I loved it, and took the narrative as more playful than arrogant).

I read this book in two days - the style is witty, funny and to anyone who loves his music, the words once again appear in a poetic form.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb insight into his amazing life. 9 May 2012
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As a massive fan of the man Mike Skinner and of his music as The Streets i always had big expectations of what this book might hold. I was NOT dissapointed! Each and every page filled me with more and more insight into the life this amazing individul has lived. So many things that i didn't realise he had done and experienced.

The book is split into chapters using each title of his albums. And each chapter is split into seperated sections for ease of read. The way Mike speaks is clearly portrayed into words throughout every page.

For any fan of Mike Skinner and The Streets or even his latest project with Robert Harvey with The D.O.T it is a must buy and read. I cannot explain what his music means to me and how his music and the book have helped me with many things in life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoy Mike's work but wouldn't class myself as an avid fan or consumer of his output. I like his style.

Some of the tour stories were lost on me but there was a lot of well-put description of his creative process. The writing style is simple, conversational and definitely echoes the straight forward accuracy of his musical work.

Writing this, I realise that I've: relayed quite a few anecdotes, been inspired to find out a bit more about certain topics and generally had a good time reading it.

If you are interested in music production, the industry, Mike Skinner, song writing, creativity, partying (in moderation), epilepsy, ME and over-work/obsession the I can recommend you read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of the Streets reviewed 3 May 2013
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I just finished reading Mike Skinner's 10 year autobiography - The Story of The Streets which won the NME best book award in 2012. It's the first autobiography that i've read in about five years and I found it engaging, funny, honest and highly inspirational. I usually go for literary fiction, classics and non-fiction but I'm definitely going to be picking up more autobiographies from now on in hope that they will have a similar effect on me as this book did.

On the inside cover a quote from Skinner himself reads, `This book is going to try and get as close as possible to the full story of what informed the noise of The Streets. Obviously that's something I should be fairly well-qualified to know about, and I'm going to be as honest as the publisher's lawyers will allow.'

This modern day account from the man that the Guardian once dubbed "half Dostoevsky . . . half Samuel Pepys" gives a hilarious, witty and illuminating saga of how one talented and obsessive young man from Birmingham rose to fame and subsequently dealt with that across a ten year period. Skinner spins his tale about living in Bermingham and London, fleeing to Australia when he was 22 in pursuit of a secretary whom he had a fling with but ended up on a binge for a year and found himself in the process. Going on to make his first hit single "Has it come to this?" (which has always been a personal favorite...) on a laptop. He covers a lot of ground in this book and provides us with some good proverbs and life lessons too. He speaks freely about the hardships of growing up in gritty Birmingham, getting mugged on buses and beaten to a pulp in public parks, making rap beats for Jamaican guys from his neighbourhood, the Peak and fall of the UK Garage scene and the clubs that inspired Original Pirate Material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An insightful meander through Mikes career 8 Mar. 2013
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Surprisingly (or perhaps not surprisingly owing to Mike's talents as a lyricist), this book contains a good helping of insightful opinion into everyday philosophical questions, most about creativity and the creative process, but some about questions you might have pondered from time to time but not have expected to have seen touched on in a book like this. Keep your wits about you to find them!

The book wanders through Mike's life, having a good old stare at his formative years in Birmingham and his life as an adolescent in a very stable family home. Plunged into the world of electronics and music from a very early age, it is clear why Mike has become such an adept producer.

Drawing parallels/ differences with American Hip-Hop, UK Grime and Garage you begin to see how Mike's unique style came about and how his major influences guided him towards creating The Streets.

There is plenty of juicy information on each Streets album and why each one took the direction it did, how Mike has written each of his songs and his ups and downs while doing so.

Overall this is a enjoyable read, it will satisfy whatever you're longing for from The Streets and Mike Skinner, whether it be the MDMA, spread betting addictions, lyrical development, fame, birds or the prices of houses in Stockwell, you'll find what you're looking for.

The only thing that really bothered me was the American spelling of words in this book - a little odd considering Mike even has a song that laments the use of words in American English, ("The differences in language, are the bits you got wrong"). The book also contains a couple of typos. Great read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book. Don't mug yourself
Really enjoyed this book. Great writing by Mike Skinner and his revelation about Rachel Stevens is mind blowing
Published 5 months ago by M. Hatter
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally worth it
I bought it as a gift, but judging from the reaction of my girlfriend it is a 5 out of 5.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Excellent book, could relate to a lot of it. Will keep you reading to the end....the only thing there was no mention of was the bust up with his mate Crispy back in the day who... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diablos22
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not tell the story
Started to read but had to put down after a few chapters as it does not give an insight into the Streets/Mike Skinner. Would not recommend.
Published 14 months ago by Shopper
2.0 out of 5 stars Massive dissappointment
As a HUGE Streets fan I had been looking forward to reading this for ages. when it came very dissappointing. quite hard going and not the fun filled story I had hoped for. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Not the most well thought out linear. But well worth a read if your interested in mike skinners work and want a better insight into the thought processes that took place in order... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Conor Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Read
On point. Smart man speaks realness. A window into late 90s Britain, his process, and few other things along the way
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars huge fan, great book
Loved it! But I am very bias, I love The Streets and Mike Skinner's amazing talents.
The only thing that I didn't like was the references of many clubs in England that I don't... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Shannon Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of the streets W.O.W
Best book I've read in ages can relate to most of the places he grew up and it's won NME Book of The Year AWARD!! So need say more do I!! :)
Published on 3 Mar. 2013 by Dave Bighands Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected
I loved this book!!! Its probably one of the best books I've read in a while my only criticism is I finished it way to quickly! Read more
Published on 8 Feb. 2013 by pinkyzoe29
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