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Bit Of A Blur: The Autobiography Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Abridged edition edition (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405502371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405502375
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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The charming, witty and slightly disreputable memoirs of Alex James - artist, musician, bass player with Blur, and the perfect chronicler of the Britpop generation

** Read by the author**

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The blithe and gilded youth of Blur bass player James. I think annoying sexy-giraffe-boy Alex was one reason I took against Blur way back when (“I’m Alex and I’ve got a big biiiiiiiig bass” – arghhhhh): “Just because they’re good-looking,” says the homely Coxon mournfully in an interview somewhere – Albarn of course being the other part of the they – , “Doesn’t mean they have to get all the attention.” But young Alex got loads of attention – including, he hints, from royalty – and writes about it wittily and very well. He is warm to guitarist Coxon throughout, less so towards Albarn, “domineering” and ”controlling”. He never quite addresses the fact that with two bottle-heids like himself and Coxon in the band a bit of controlling dominance might just be required to get the wonderful songs out to the world. The fact that it is Damon off somewhere on his tod with a Bontempi and a bleeding heart that funds his Rio six-way, Groucho shenanigans, cars and planes, is never really acknowledged. And so the whistling Blur shag-master prances through the pop world, switching addictions with Bambi-like cheerfulness, while, of course, a sad beautiful girl waits. Appalling men always have sad beautiful girls waiting. This one waits in vain as it turns out, being patted out of the picture as a fresher, younger beautiful girl arrives on the scene just in time to be married. Anyway, in the end, James make a(nother) fortune with a football song called Vindaloo, which I still haven’t had the guts to google, and, buying himself a farm, transforms overnight from a 20-year vegetarian into bird-slaughtering meat-eater. Yippee!
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I thought this book was very entertaining and a nice insight, not into Britpop, but into Alex himself and what it was like to grow into and then out of Blur. Obviously, been written by Alex himself, there may have been many stories in the drinking years which he either cannot remember or chooses not to tell ( or only tells you bits of). As you would expect from a self penned book, he paints himself as a lovable rogue rather than the arse he may well have been during his excesses, but at the end of it I was left thinking what a nice bloke, interesting life, good book.
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I'm going to skip the five-in-a-bed coke-fuelled romps and the whirl of Britpop excess and mention the writing instead.

Alex James is a fine writer of spare, elegant prose with a striking vocabulary. A rare things in these times.

OK, the book is also a hoot to read for its tabulation of London life in the 90s and all the fun of being a pop star, but there's lots more than that - particularly the engaging enthusiasm for astronomy, mathematics and planetary exploration. The curious mind is a very attractive thing.
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Well, being a big lover of music biographies and having spent my teens attending the early gigs of Suede, blur, Oasis and all and seeing britpop explode I couldn't resist picking up this book.

Having purchased and read this book within 3 days the first point has to be that if your looking for a deep warts and all study of blur and the 90s music scene, forget it, this book is pure froth. Especially two thirds of the way through where it's clear Alex James gets bored and switches from telling his story to short articles on moments in his life he wants to pontificate on.

That said, this isn't a negative review, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I really did get the "cant put it down" bug. It was an enjoyable (if brief) ride through his life, and it is one hell of a story. He really did live the rockstar fantasy to the full. He is clearly a talented and funny writer and he managed (briefly) to convince me that it might have been better to be the bass player in blur than the rhythm guitarist in Oasis in the 90s. Believe me as I'm a northern lad thats one hell of an achievement.

He skips through too many events, and the book lacks any form of substance for it to have any merit as worthwhile music biography. So as a music fan I was disapointed and whether it was worth the purchase in hard back is questionable, though it is nicely packaged and looks good on my bookshelf next to more substantial texts.

It is though a good story and a worthwhile purchase on paperback (maybe wait for the HMV 3 for a tenner deals) and at least the irony that the whole story is summarized by the lyrics to Country House is not lost on the author.
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You know what to expect when you read music autobiography's. A lot of them all read the same, so you have to bear that in mind. Alex James book, though nothing special did offer an insight into an exciting era for British music. A little too much, I did this, I did that but it was none the less an enjoyable read.
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To be honest I didn't think I'd like this book that much. I've seen Alex James on TV and thought he was not very articulate. However I am interested in the story so thought I would give it a go. This book has an easy, somewhat effortless style that makes for good reading. I think this probably illustates a degree of good writing that I hadn't expected. It is true that to a certain extent Alex manages to gloss over details and clearly leaves much unsaid - he glosses over the depth of his narcotic excesses until he states how much he spent on cocaine. Many stories do lack detail. If he included more indepth description the book may have been even better - it seems like he is trying to protect peoples repututations (including his own) which may be understandable to a certain extent. However, despite this lack of candid honesty it is a really good read. Having also spent formative years during the same time period I could relate to the period he describes. Alex describes his wealth and excess in a very matter of fact manner which could be annoying but is actually quite endearing. I would recommend this book, even if you are not a Blur fan (I'm not particularly) but if you are interested in the 90's and pop culture.
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