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Damon, Justine and an enduring insight into The Wannadies. Britpop and fame skewered...,
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This is an excellent book in a lot of ways. It's a rush through the Britpop pop years by one of its biggest stars, an inside track on being in a band and being famous. Lots of books cover similar ground. What makes this book better is that Wener is very self aware and knowing - her writing is funny, concise and down to earth. It's obvious that she enjoyed her moment in the spotlight but has moved on and isn't bothered about going back to it. Where Morrissey allows the knives and jibes to (apparently) ruin the joy of doing what he loves, Wener seems to see it in context and has the self assurance to avoid moaning and whining. I remember Sleeper and Wener being a bit poppy and lightweight at the time, with Wener a bit of a rent a gob, but this book demanded a reappraisal. Sure, Sleeper couldn't decide between being indie or pop and Wener was stereotyped by a male-dominated music press, but the music, which I revisited as a result of this book, was pretty good. Good lyrics, good toons, good guitar work, despite the overly poppy production. I strongly recommend this book, even if you missed Britpop or don't care. But it may not make you like The Wannadies any more than you perhaps already do....