- Also check our best rated Biography reviews
Bit Of A Blur: The Autobiography Hardcover – 7 Jun 2007
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Alex James is a witty, engaging guide to the mad goings-on behind the scenes of Britpop. Blur's bassist famously estimates that he blew around £1m on champagne and cocaine during the Nineties. Here's how. (INDEPENDENT)
Bright, passionate . . . James writes with wit and flair (TIME OUT)
*'The definitive guide to Britpop . . . this effervescent memoir emerges as the most fascinating, as well as hilarious, document to date of those times (OBSERVER)
Guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye - in a good way (ELLE)
* The charming, witty and slightly disreputable memoirs of Alex James - artist, musician, bass player with Blur, and the perfect chronicler of the Britpop generationSee all Product description
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I got to the end, but wouldn't recommend this book. Great title though!
Blur fans may be disappointed if they want to read more about the inter-band tensions (and why Graham left), the band's possible future (they've re-formed, briefly, since this was printed, but there's no indication here that was about to happen), the Blur/Oasis chart battle, or recollections of recording sessions. In fact, there's very little about actually playing bass (or listening to other artists), making you wonder how much Alex really likes music. To be fair, it may have occurred to him that information about the band is easy to come by and so not necessary here.
On the plus side, you certainly won't be at all disappointed if you want to read about Alex flying planes, getting into astronomy, hanging out with Damien Hirst, mucking about with Fat Les, and - especially - drinking. And then drinking quite a lot more.
He writes nicely, and it's an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. For context, it's best read after Stuart Maconie's more detailed Official History.
How disappointed I was with those reviewers who should really know better!
This does none of the above, it's a trawl through the more glamorous parts of Alex James' charmed life but I have to say, it's still a good read. Mr James' way of looking at things is as humorous as it is shallow and his use of purposefully short, clipped sentences is appealing although maddening in their lack of detail. Damon Albarn himself has said he found the book a 'wasted opportunity' and I would have to agree. There is hardly any mention of the Britpop protagonists, hell, even his bandmates get nary a look in as Alex says things like (not a quote!), "When I first met Graham he was eating a banana. I liked Graham".
And that's it, it's back to him! Amusing but annoying.
Overall though, that's what his personality is like so at least the guy is being self-admittedly shallow in his honesty, which saves this book from shoegazing tedium and actually makes it an enjoyable read. If you want to know what it's like being in a famous band, get this!
In this first volume of autobiography: 'Bit Of A Blur', Alex takes us back to his early years in Bournemouth, from listening to records with school friends to joining University. He talks about the forming of Blur, who were originally known as Seymour, and gives the reader a brief glimpse behind their rise, but focuses mainly on his own action-packed activities and lifestyle during those crazy years at the top: the drink, the drugs, the parties, the friendships with like-minded people, and all of the good times that came from international fame. I particularly liked how many of the stories in Alex's memoir are relatively short, because I almost felt like I was having a conversation with an old friend about lots of different events that happened in the none so distance past.
Whilst it certainly isn't an encyclopaedia of 'all things Blur', and there's nothing like a discography to be found at the back, this is something much more special. The book is one man's own account of an exciting time, told affectionately by someone who was there and part of it. There are however, many excellent books that do chronicle the history of the band, namely 3862 Days: The Official History of Blur, and "Blur": The Whole Story.
I admit that I laughed out loud more than once whilst reading, for Alex really doesn't sugar-coat anything, but the result is a very well written, quirky and addictive read. He comes across as quite boastful (and perhaps more than a bit arrogant in parts), but to be honest I've always admired that quality in him, he's a legend in my mind. Above all though, I thought that Alex seems like a thoroughly decent (and naturally very lucky), wonderfully enthusiastic guy who certainly lived his life to full. I'll be fully honest and admit that I have quite a big man crush on him as well, so I was more than a little bit quietly delighted that the book is filled with so many great pictures.
Are you interested in '90s pop culture?, do you wish to hear about it from someone who was actually there at the thick of it?... then buy this!
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews