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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593068076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593068076
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By N. E. Hargreaves on 25 April 2012
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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 By VK on 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.

In plain Helvetica............
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hughes on 17 April 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AshleyBaker1990 on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 18 May 2012
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I was always drawn to The Streets and Mike Skinner's music, especially his first two albums as I felt he vocalised things that were so commonplace to me that I stopped noticing them and that his words explained these to the people who didn't understand the complex nature of life as a suburban teenager.

This title is by no means an epilogue to The Streets, it is simply an extension of the project Skinner started with his first album and will carry on until he decides to retire completely. Beautifully written, insightful and inspiring - I can't wait to see what he does next...
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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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