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Is she or isn't she?,
This review is from: Bedsit Disco Queen: How I grew up and tried to be a pop star (Hardcover)
Firstly WOW! An insight into the life, mind and emotions of one of musics enigmas! Tracey writes incredibly honestly even when it doesn't present her in a favourable light.
I have been a fan since 1984, and fell in love with Eden, North Marine Drive, and A Distant Shore... I fell out of love with EBTG post Worldwide and never really understood why they left their minimalist roots, and its all here... In fact I have since ordered two of their later albums to re-listen with a less prejudiced ear.
The juxtaposition of a fantastic, insightful, deep, emotional musician who loathes performing! I never anticipated the degree of difference!
Through much of the book I wavered between 'Indie self-indulgent princess' and 'So much to say, but insufficient confidence to perform or give out to the fans. Let them get it all from the music'. I am pleased to say I settled on the latter. I wavered mostly when TT spoke of what she wanted the audience to get from her songs, whereas the reaction can be as personal as the writing, but grew to understand it was the need to belong.
I can not recall the last time I read an autobiography with such out and out honest opinion. Definitely a 5 star read written in a superb flowing style and witty play on words. Many autobiographies fall into the trap of a list of facts, but this was different. A history peppered with feelings, smells, realisations.
Also, I saw Worldwide as a return to form and was very interested to see Tracey talk of this as one of their weaker albums. I suspect its because I love their musicality, and didn't listen as closely to the lyrics as Tracey seems to want her fans to do.
I recall being at my friends house for school lunch break, and she played me 'Each and Every One' (sent on a tape from her big sister at Manc Uni), and it floored me! I was listening to The Smiths and Simple Minds at the time so very surprised at my reaction.
Eden, along with A Distant Shore and North Marine Drive remain as soundtracks to my life.
Thank you Tracey for sharing this beautiful inspiring insight into your very personal world!