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The Story of The Streets [Hardcover]

Mike Skinner
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29 Mar 2012


'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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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (29 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593068076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593068076
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,342 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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6 of 6 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says on the tin 12 April 2012
By Zaphod
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An honest, straight-forward, open, funny and warm look back on the life of Mike Skinner, and the phenomenon that was The Streets. An enjoyable read that has left me more enamoured to Mike than before reading the book. It manages to capture some of his charm, and cheeky wry grin.
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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.

In plain Helvetica............
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Cult Classic Not Best Seller" 9 May 2012
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I loved this book. Simple as that, am i a huge "Streets" fan, Yes. Mike skinner has proven himself once again to be entertaining and original. Staying with his usual "control freak" attitude he has done, what i do think might have caused him some pain, from certain elements of his vicinity, produced this book himself. It explains the streets, why, where but not so much how. Why is always the biggest question though and he does answer this to extreme perfection. Why he rapped like he did to why he stopped when he did. Its the streets biography mixed with a bit about its creator. If i had one complaint it would be that the author never talked much about the creation musically about the streets, about the programs he used and how on earth he got that beautiful but simple creation "Turn the Page". But i think he did this on purpose, genius!!!
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and inspiring 18 May 2012
By Alex
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of the Streets 8 May 2012
By Nakor
An excellent insight into the career of Mike Skinner in relation to The Streets.
Remarkable views on the art of song making, writing, promotions and the pressures the music industry put on one so young, but the book details Mike's fight to hang onto what he believed in, in relation to the Streets and how it should grow and ultimately end.
One of the best music biogs out there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 9 days 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 7 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 7 months ago by ian p harley
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 10 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 11 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 12 months ago by Shannon Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of the Streets reviewed
I just finished reading Mike Skinner's 10 year autobiography - The Story of The Streets which won the NME best book award in 2012. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Conor McTernan
4.0 out of 5 stars An insightful meander through Mikes career
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,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Thomas
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 18 months ago 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 18 months ago by pinkyzoe29
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