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Barefaced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boasts Hardcover – 1 Jan 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718149157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718149154
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jools Holland OBE DL, is a composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster. He is married with four children and lives in a world of his own.


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Format: Hardcover
This book was wonderful, an honest and touching story of a gifted lad from a humble background who survived excesses of the pop industry and who has grown to be a pillar of the musical establishment. He's got a 'live and let live' attitude and is rarely critical of others, seeing good in many. His insights of the great and good of music are fascinating and his fondness for Paula Yates stands out. He heaps praise on many, including Bono, Bob Geldof and George Harrison. It was a great read.
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Dear Pyewakt,
You are not really qualified to review the book because it is obvious that you have not read it and just listened to one of the short extracts on Radio 4. You describe Jools Holland as "the pianist turned presenter" but if you had even bothered to read the synopsis you would know that he has never given-up the piano, and far from having a "limited talent" he is undoubtedly one of the most skilled Pianists alive today. The great BB King once said: "I didn't think anybody could play like that. Jools has got that left hand that never stops. When the likes of Pete Johnson died, I wondered if I'd ever see that kind of playing again." And I for one thoroughly enjoy his music,
The book is pretty good too, and really does not deserve the savage attack that you have given it.

I am not a psychologist but from what you have written below it sounds like maybe you are bitter that you were never part of his "scene" when he was on the tube.
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Some great anecdotes here, including the time he first met Bob Dylan at George Harrison's house.

Jools' humble manner is such that he drops names like Dylan and Harrison with the same love and affection that he recalls pub landlords, and friends and neighbours.

As a great fan of his music, I loved his insights on the music, and those he has worked with throughout the years.

One (small) gripe is the way that the last 15 or so years are crammed into about 20 pages, (possibly) leaving scope for a second half of the memoirs?

You get an overall sense of the honesty, and humble upbringing of Jools throughout, and I found it very hard to put this one down.
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Format: Paperback
Some people live on the sunny side of the street, seeing the good in people and bringing luck their way. Jools Holland is such a person, his irrepresible good nature leaps off every page.

In an age when so many celebrities seem to spend their biographies telling us how tough they have had it, it's refreshing to read about someone is completely happy because they spend their life living their dream.

This story starts from childhood, through school and into early years performing in pubs, first recording contracts, TV presenting and up to date with Later and the Big Band.

Holland tells a lot of entertaining stories of bad behaviour on the road but only hints at the more depraved things, which is no bad thing - sometimes less is more.

One review mentioned that the one weakness was that the more recent years were told at a bit of a gallop, and I would agree, would perhaps have been better to spend a few more chapters on them.

But then I think life has become a little more ordered and settled since he got into a rhythm playing with his big band and doing Later, so maybe the best stories are from the early days.

Whatever, if you like your music then you couldn't ask for a better narrator to take you on a music journey. Jools seems to have made many great friends through his career and this book makes it quite clear why.
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I have read a lot of autobiographies in recent years, and have a particularly partiality to those of the music world. I have liked Jools Holland since The Tube days because of his dry wit, warmth and slightly 'whacky' personality. More recently because of his obvious complete passion about music in general. I was not disappointed with his autobiography, and completely felt Jools personable and distinct style came across as I read - you definitely know its him. The anecdotes and memories of this interesting man were funny, warm and generous to ALL the people involved (even the dodgy pirates!). He has a very positive and philosophical way of looking at his journey, even in tougher times, which was actually quite inspiring. The love of 'the music' so obvious throughout. Other autobiographies I have read can be frankly depressing, self-absorbent and somewhat monotonous - definitely not here. This rates as one of the best, if not the best of all autobios I have read. A great read, if you are a fan of this man or just music in general, interesting until the end. Highly recommended. Thanks Jools.
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This book offers an astounding insight into music from a naturally gifted musician who has also perfectly captured the spirit of 80's Britain and is an essential part of our musical culture in the broadest sense. He writes with great modesty, succinctness, wit and has an infectious optimism that can't be ignored. This same optimism can be felt in his beautiful and inspiring music.
However, the thing I found best about this book was how hilariously funny the anecdotes were, I had to leave the room and calm down on several occasions after crying with laughter. Its probably the funniest book I have ever read and for this reason alone it is essential reading even by those who are not music fans!
Simply brilliant! I wish I could play with Jools some day, I have been working on my left hand!
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