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Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up And Tried To Be A Pop Star Hardcover – 7 Feb 2013
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The Alan Bennett of pop memoirists. I loved her book so much I wanted to form a band, too. Preferably with Thorn. (Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of How to be a Woman)
As distinctive and lovely as its author's singing voice, Bedsit Disco Queen isn't just a wry and wise memoir of a unique career: it acts as a kind of eulogy for a forgotten era of British pop. (Alexis Petridis)
A corker of a read: fascinating, compelling and beautifully written. (Emma Kennedy, bestselling author of The Tent, the Bucket and Me)
An intensely readable account of thirty years of being in love with music ... Most would recognise her voice, with its rich blend of melancholy and yearning. Her written voice is similarly distinctive: warm, assertive, sweetly funny, but most of all honest. (Chris Harvey Daily Telegraph)
As a witty and wise chronicle of a life spent dipping in and out of the limelight, this is second to none. (Fiona Sturges Independent on Sunday)
The Sunday Times top ten bestselling memoir of Tracey Thorn's 30-year pop career with Marine Girls and Everything But The Girl, and her collaborations with Paul Weller, Massive Attack and Todd Terry. A Radio 4 Book of the Week in March 2013.See all Product description
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I feared I may be disappointed by the book, but on the contrary I enjoyed it immensely - you may feel you know someone to a degree through their music and lyrics, but of course you don't really, and the book fills in some of the gaps in an entertaining and enlightening way. Another reviewer disliked lyrics being quoted. I didn't - for some tracks (Hatfield 1980 for example) a little explanation and suddenly it all falls into place....
Part of the pleasure for me was of course taking me through my own life, to which Tracey's music has been a constant soundtrack. Whether it would capture a non-fan's attention in quite the same way I really don't know - but I hope it does acheive a wider audience.
I read most of the book one evening in a Prague hotel room last week, having skipped the "let's all go to the bar after dinner" invitation from my work collagues. The next morning I came down to reception and as the lift doors opened I realised that the music playing faintly in the backround was "Come on Home" - the irony of it playing as hotel lobby music wasn't lost......
What is immediately evident from the first few pages of this memoir of sorts is how naturally Thorn transposes her immense talent as a lyricist into that of a bonafide prose writer. There is a certain elegance in her writing that makes you identify her immediately as the real deal, and not a glamorous pop diva who is keen to paint a poignant rags-to-riches picture of herself. Instead, what the reader gets is an honest and at times humorously self-effacing account of her uncertain foray into the music world, and the exciting yet perilous journey that ensues.
The reader celebrates with her when EBTG scores their first hit single "Each and Everyone", and sympathises when people lumps them with the lite/nu-jazz movement when they were trying so hard to protest (albeit quietly), and when they are finally dumped by their record company for not being the kind of pop band they thought they were, and is encouraged by a sense of providence when they win their biggest hit "Missing" to date almost immediately after that happens. Thorn's modesty comes through in the way she tells of how she never felt EBTG fitted into the whole pop circus. For example, though pop stars in their own right, Thorn still gets starstruck and speechless when Courtney Love scoots over the stage when recording a programme to tell her she loved her work with the Marine Girls and that the late Kurt Cobain had been one of their fans.
As a longtime fan of both her work with EBTG and as a solo artist, it was a special treat to read the lyrics of songs interspersed at the ends of chapters, which gave a fresh insight into the context of those familiar songs which I had loved and lines that I had sung along to over the years. They defined for me the term "singer-songwriter", because Thorn's lyrics were often as personal as diary entries.
A definite must-read for any EBTG/Tracey Thorn fan.
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