Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink

Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink

Book - 2015
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The long-awaited, unconventional but indelible memoir by one of the music world's greatest and most influential songwriters and performers Elvis Costello. Elvis is in the pantheon of elder statesmen musician/rockers, collaborating often with the likes of Paul McCartney, great ballet and opera companies, hip-hop groups, jazz ensembles while appearing frequently in venues like Carnegie Hall and on shows like David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon. This is his story, rich with anecdotes about family and fellow musicians.
Publisher: New York :, Blue Rider Press,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780399167256
Characteristics: 674 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm.

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Ichigaga
Apr 24, 2017

I am not a BIG Costello fan, but I really enjoy many of his songs. This book was a challenge to get through because, like his songs, there are alot of details. He jumps around very quickly between current days, 70's, 40's, to the 80's...so you really have to pay attention! Overall it was worth it because of the family historical stories and how they relate to English social history. Also, you learn some background about his songs and experiences with his heroes (McCartney, Bennett, etc.).

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sousou9
Feb 28, 2016

It was a bit long but his stories and the way in which he writes were very enjoyable. As a fan of his MTV and Top 40 songs from the 80's, I had no idea until I read this book how much more there is to this guy and his work. It also mentions Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom several times.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 15, 2016

In recent years, every musician from Carrie Brownstein to Richard Hell has dropped a memoir. Given that Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus) has long been one of the most literate, witty, and verbose songwriters, it's a little surprising he's waited this long to write his autobiography. But here it is, weighing in at a whopping 670 pages. I agree with the other comment: it could've used some judicious editing. That's not to say that Costello isn't an engaging and insightful storyteller, it's just that he tends to ramble, especially towards the end of the book when the quality of his music tappers off. A rabid music fan whose catholic taste embraces everything from jazz to punk, Costello talks about family, other musicians (he's met just about everyone), and, especially, the furious early years of his career, where he recorded and toured with the mighty Attractions. These sections will probably be of most interest to longtime fans. So kick back, put a few records on, and enjoy, but be prepared to skim the last 100 pages. "Well I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused."

athompson10 Nov 07, 2015

He's a good, witty, observant writer with a wonderful turn of phrase, just like those of his songs. The book could have used some editing.

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