Bit Of A Blur: The Autobiography Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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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)
The charming, witty and slightly disreputable memoirs of Alex James - artist, musician, bass player with Blur, and the perfect chronicler of the Britpop generation
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is brilliant, funny and tastefully written. I enjoyed every chapter. Compelling read, and a great journey. Would highly recommend.Published 10 months ago by Dawn
Thoroughly enjoyed the book telling Alex's perspective of his life during the early years of Blur and onwards. Well written and an easy read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rick64
Disjointed writing, all short, unrevealing sentences. He comes across as arrogant and happy to just take things as they come. Read morePublished 11 months ago by SB
Flags a bit towards the end, but a well written and very entertaining record of sudden immense fame and wealth.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer