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Paul Morley at his best
on 19 March 2013
I've been reading Paul Morley since his first days as a NME scribe and have long had a bit of a love-hate relationship with his writing. On the one hand, I've always found his love of ideas, and bringing them to life through genuinely expressive writing, utterly inspiring. On the other, however, I've often found him just a bit too clever for his own good.
I take it all back having read this. It's a terrific little book that distills his passion, his wit, and his wonderful way with words into a short narrative that is, at once, about him, the history of the Bakerloo line, the experience of using the Tube, the thoughts that that experience can give rise to, the recent history of music, the impact of technology and, finally, the Krautrock group Can.
If that sounds off-putting then this is probably not the book for you. Personally, I love the way it makes unexpected connections. I could be pretentious and say it's a big Krautrock riff that simultaneously quotes and recomposes different styles of music - but in more straightforward terms it's simply a very carefully considered, well-written and charming book. And a great one, needless to say, to be read while travelling by Tube.