Bedsit Disco Queen: How I grew up and tried to be a pop star Paperback – 16 Jan 2014
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The Alan Bennett of pop memoirists. I loved her book so much I wanted to form a band, too. Preferably with Thorn (Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of How to be a Woman)
As distinctive and lovely as its author's singing voice, Bedsit Disco Queen isn't just a wry and wise memoir of a unique career: it acts as a kind of eulogy for a forgotten era of British pop (Alexis Petridis)
As a witty and wise chronicle of a life spent dipping in and out of the limelight, this is second to none (Fiona Sturges Independent on Sunday)
Beautifully written, dryly funny and searingly honest (Sunday Times)
The Sunday Times top ten bestselling memoir of Tracey Thorn's 30-year pop career with Marine Girls and Everything But The Girl, and her collaborations with Paul Weller, Massive Attack and Todd Terry.See all Product Description
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I feared I may be disappointed by the book, but on the contrary I enjoyed it immensely - you may feel you know someone to a degree through their music and lyrics, but of course you don't really, and the book fills in some of the gaps in an entertaining and enlightening way. Another reviewer disliked lyrics being quoted. I didn't - for some tracks (Hatfield 1980 for example) a little explanation and suddenly it all falls into place....
Part of the pleasure for me was of course taking me through my own life, to which Tracey's music has been a constant soundtrack. Whether it would capture a non-fan's attention in quite the same way I really don't know - but I hope it does acheive a wider audience.
I read most of the book one evening in a Prague hotel room last week, having skipped the "let's all go to the bar after dinner" invitation from my work collagues. The next morning I came down to reception and as the lift doors opened I realised that the music playing faintly in the backround was "Come on Home" - the irony of it playing as hotel lobby music wasn't lost......
And by that, I do mean fan of music...not just Everything But The Girl. To be honest, I am not much of a fan of their music, but I found this a highly entertaining and interesting read - full of real insight into the musuc business, the way musicians are influenced and create their work, and the life of a musician. It is also brilliantly written, with a lovely, glib sense of humour and a personality that really drew me in.
I would also say that I am also reappraising the EBTG output as a result of reading this - I admit that I had pigeon-holed them in the exact way Tracey said they feared they were, and even raged against at one point. Now I fully appreciate their ethos, their personalities and their intent, I look forward to listening to their albums with a different point of view.
A cracking read.
What is immediately evident from the first few pages of this memoir of sorts is how naturally Thorn transposes her immense talent as a lyricist into that of a bonafide prose writer. There is a certain elegance in her writing that makes you identify her immediately as the real deal, and not a glamorous pop diva who is keen to paint a poignant rags-to-riches picture of herself. Instead, what the reader gets is an honest and at times humorously self-effacing account of her uncertain foray into the music world, and the exciting yet perilous journey that ensues.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The sub "How I grew up and tried to be a popstar" is to be taken 101% at face value.
The first 15% of this book is about how she grew up -- and then the next 85%... Read more
Really enjoyed this account of Tracey's life and particular the frank way she describes her feelings about everything. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lilian W
This was one of the best music biographies I've read and I wouldn't class myself as a big fan of EBTGPublished 5 months ago by J. Cadden
Thumping good read and a great insight into the music scene of the 80s and 90sPublished 6 months ago by jazz muse
I'm not a compulsive reader. I usually have a few books on the go, but I can take months to get through them, but after picking this up a few days ago I keep finding opportunities... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark
It is an interesting book if you're really keen to learn more about Tracey Thorn, for me it personally goes on too much1Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer