Truth and Beauty: the Story of Pulp Paperback – 14 Jul 2003
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Sturdy has managed to unearth enough anecdotes, tales, early songs and general pulp facts that even the most obsessive Pulp fan will find something they didn't know before. Good job!
So then- A must for every Pulp fan- and also for anyone who is interested in British music- or even just music in general.
If you follow a band with any great interest then you start to pick up various little factoids, half-remembered quotations and anecdotes that make you feel slightly cool and "I was there" whenever the band is mentioned. Unfortunately, if you're anything like me then remembering all this stuff is impossible and you need something to dip into and refresh your memory once in a while.
Sturdy's epic tome includes virtually every fact and opinion pertaining to Pulp that's been published, arranged in chronological order. So you also get an unputdownable history of the band as well.
If you liked the band, if you lived the era, read this book.
It's much bigger than any other book produced on the band (nearly 500 pages!), and as someone who buys anything "pulp" I can safely say it's the best book on the band I've read.
Hell, it's worth it just for the early pictures of the band that I've certainly never seen before.
Put simply, a must for a Pulp fan.
‘Truth & Beauty’ is a well written book and contains plenty of quotes. In fact I estimate that more than half the book is based on quotes. This is a good thing as the author has tracked down nearly all of the current and ex-members of the band to get their comments and opinions. Unfortunate Jarvis himself does not contribute directly to the book but there are plenty of quotes from him that have been lifted from other interviews.
The best thing about this book is that it contains not only the period from His n Hers to This is Hardcore, it goes back and describes in depth the life of Pulp from the very beginning, which I found most interesting. It also covers the period of ‘We Love Life’ in far more detail than any other book I have come across. Therefore this is deserving of 5v stars.
The only problem I have is that book doesn’t like the Stereophonics and other similar bands. If it wasn’t for them after the death of Britpop then music would be completely dominated by cheesy pop and god awful rap!
All in all a definitive guide to Pulp.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fans would definitely enjoy this one. Deep analysis and history, it couldn't have been more detailedPublished on 16 July 2014 by Alexey
This is an absolutely EPIC book. As an insight into one of the most Phenomenal bands in British music history it is entire indispensable. I could not put it down. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2009 by Ms. S. A. Wilson
This huge book details pretty much everything Pulp have ever said or done. From the seeds of an idea for a band in Jarvis Cocker's head to their final swansong everything is... Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2006 by Air Raid Patrol
some of the interviews for this book were with my mate ogi mcgrath. ogi's latest anecdote is saying to jarvis cocker in a pub one day "what about him? Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2005 by Peter Jones