- Hardcover: 303 pages
- Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (3 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670915807
- ISBN-13: 978-0670915804
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.2 x 23.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 900,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gig: The Life and Times of a Rock-star Fantasist Hardcover – 3 Apr 2008
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"Dry, deadpan and pant-wettingly funny...Armitage is not capable of writing anything that is not wry, warm, witty and layered with meaning"
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These grumbles aside, there is plenty of charm here, and descriptions of some of the gigs Armitage has attended are brilliant - the Morrissey one in particular.
Gig is Armitage's second collection of memoirs, alongside 1998's equally excellent All Points North, and as with the previous volume this is a varied collection of recollections, poems, anecdotes and gig reviews. These, in part at least, have a common theme in exploring Armitage's forty-something reflections on his career as a poet and frustrated rock-star, including the formation of the band The Scaremongers (I know, but it's better than Fantastic Gammon; Armitage's father wryly suggests Midlife Crisis), through which he lives out some of his adolescent dreams of rock stardom.
The book is infused with his usual self-deprecating humour, as well as Armitage's genuine passion for rock music, poetry and that corner of West Yorkshire that "begins where the goalpost of the M1 meets the crossbar of the M62". At times, it's also a moving account; Armitage reflects thoughtfully on the condition of the forty-something male, and on the events and individuals who have influenced him in a touching, sensitive way. As a (nearly) forty-something frustrated rock-star myself, I enjoyed every page of this; and if you are contemplating a mid-life crisis, buy this before you spend thousands of pounds on a powerful sports car you don't need!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was in quite good condition but smelled musty. Good delivery time thanks!Published 2 months ago by chris
I do love the work of Simon Armitage- were the same age and I grew up in Yorkshire. So I'm predisposed to be generous but I did enjoy this. Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. D. Spellman
This was a random download for holiday reading after reading reviews of his latest. Loved it, just a wonderful read, light but with many depths. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stephanie Zia
Some people have commented, and I agree - the book IS "a collection of articles and funny incidents" - but what's wrong with that? Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2014 by R. WILLIAMSON
As a fellow Rock-star fantasist I looked forward to reading Simon Armitage's book. Unfortunately I found it a disappointing read. Maybe the subject matter is only for oneself.Published on 7 Aug. 2013 by Jeff Newall
I first saw Simon Armitage at a poetry reading in 1993/4 when I was an A Level student who thought poetry was Heaney and Hardy. Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2013 by benino76
I enjoyed this book - not quite as much as 'All Points North' - probably because of my age! - but still 'laugh out loud' in places.Published on 23 Sept. 2012 by foxy lady
The fact I read this in a day says volumes for how enjoyable it is. Simon Armitage is one of the country's top poets. Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2009 by Peter Steward