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Wrote For Luck
on 20 September 2011
I read this book in one sitting - but then I am a huge fan of anything this man has ever done. It is a very readable autobiography, which uncovers the 'real' Shaun Ryder, a person who the author himself has only recently discovered following years of narcotic masking and playing up to his self-created media image.
Ryder is clearly a sensitive, intelligent and hard-working creative force, but that doesn't mean that some of the classic Ryder tales have been omitted. Far from it. A lot of the myths are also exploded, too.
Funny, heart-warming and genuinely interesting, the best thing to come out of the book is, at last, Ryder's explanation of his songs and his song-writing process. This is something Shaun has always been reticent about in the past ["don't start asking me about the songs, man!" would be his stock-in-trade response to music journalists for over 25 years), but now it's laid bare.
I suspect that Ryder has pieced together his life story using Bez's book (Freaky Dancin), plus those of Tony Wilson (24 Hour Party People) because there's clearly no way he's remembered much of it himself. He's fairly open about his feelings toward fellow band members, family and friends. And, now recovered from drug addiction, he opens his heart and mouth on a number of subjects.
Great book, great man.