Truth and Beauty: the Story of Pulp Paperback – 14 July 2003
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- Paperback : 424 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0711995990
- ISBN-13 : 978-0711995994
- Product Dimensions : 15.6 x 3.6 x 23.1 cm
- Publisher : Omnibus Press; 01 Edition (14 July 2003)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 98,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Contributions from people who were on the local Sheffield music scene in the early eighties give an insight into what the young Jarvis was like, and how it seemed that he was the only constant in the band until the 1990's.
Disputes with Fire Records, THAT single, and later public indifference are just some of the milestones covered in intricate detail by Mark Sturdy.
If you have a little more than a passing interest in Pulp then this is an essential read. If you haven't already got all the record then after reading the book you will feel you have to get them. If you do have all the records then the book will tell you things about them that you honestly didn't already know.
Once you have read this you will be able to look at the "Pulp Hits" DVD with a renewed smile on your face.
Only flaw is that some of the chapters go on for too long, when they could have been split up a bit more.
Overall a great, interesting book.
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.
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.
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.
bands like this spawn tons of stories over their long "careers" and mark's the only person who's managed to write them all down.