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Truth and Beauty: the Story of Pulp Paperback – 14 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (14 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711995990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711995994
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angus on 13 Aug. 2003
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This is, quite simply, the only book about Pulp thats worth paying for! (and it's worth every penny)
Sturdy has managed to unearth enough anecdotes, tales, early songs and general pulp facts that even the most obsessive Pulp fan will find something they didn't know before. Good job!
So then- A must for every Pulp fan- and also for anyone who is interested in British music- or even just music in general.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Off the Rails on 28 Oct. 2003
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Definitive. Descriptive. What a book.
If you follow a band with any great interest then you start to pick up various little factoids, half-remembered quotations and anecdotes that make you feel slightly cool and "I was there" whenever the band is mentioned. Unfortunately, if you're anything like me then remembering all this stuff is impossible and you need something to dip into and refresh your memory once in a while.
Sturdy's epic tome includes virtually every fact and opinion pertaining to Pulp that's been published, arranged in chronological order. So you also get an unputdownable history of the band as well.
If you liked the band, if you lived the era, read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on 1 Aug. 2003
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From when the book was delivered I couldn't put the book down. It really is an interesting look into one of the finest bands England has produced.
It's much bigger than any other book produced on the band (nearly 500 pages!), and as someone who buys anything "pulp" I can safely say it's the best book on the band I've read.
Hell, it's worth it just for the early pictures of the band that I've certainly never seen before.
Put simply, a must for a Pulp fan.
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This huge book details pretty much everything Pulp have ever said or done. From the seeds of an idea for a band in Jarvis Cocker's head to their final swansong everything is documented.

Contributions from people who were on the local Sheffield music scene in the early eighties give an insight into what the young Jarvis was like, and how it seemed that he was the only constant in the band until the 1990's.

Disputes with Fire Records, THAT single, and later public indifference are just some of the milestones covered in intricate detail by Mark Sturdy.

If you have a little more than a passing interest in Pulp then this is an essential read. If you haven't already got all the record then after reading the book you will feel you have to get them. If you do have all the records then the book will tell you things about them that you honestly didn't already know.

Once you have read this you will be able to look at the "Pulp Hits" DVD with a renewed smile on your face.

Only flaw is that some of the chapters go on for too long, when they could have been split up a bit more.

Overall a great, interesting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "chrisftm" on 11 July 2003
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with my contacts i managed to get a copy of this book before it was released and managed to read it in good time.its a top class book going back through pulps early stages when jarvis formed the band in 1978,all the problems they had with the original record company (for the love of me i cant remember the name),the brit pop era and how they came to prominence.
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