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Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink

PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:29 pm
by NormanD
Good title for a memoir, eh? No prizes for clocking it as Elvis Costello's.

It's BBC Radio 4's Book of The Week, and today was day 4, with extracts read by Costello.

I've already skimmed through it in my favourite book shop (The Crow On The Hill, in Crystal Palace), and thought that I'd wait to borrow it from my library (assuming we still have any, and those that remain are still buying books).

The two episodes I've heard are well-written and witty, although today's (his experiences on TOTP) has already been serialised in The Guardian. I know that his reputation in these here parts is, er, variable, but I still like him a lot despite it all. His description of Billy Idol 'doing his Billy Fury impression' surely redeems him a little bit.

Available for about a month on Listen Again (dependent on where you live in the world)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06pd3bc

Re: Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink

PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:36 am
by john poole
There is also a 70 minute "omnibus" version as broadcast on Four Extra this morning, available for 29 days
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06q469s

It is certainly a superior pop star memoir, although I am not sure that it gained anything from being in a fragmentary rather than chronological format. I'll definitely borrow a library copy if possible, although this will not be from the largest public library in the UK (Birmingham) which will not be adding any new books to their shelves for at least a year.

Re: Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink

PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:22 pm
by NormanD
Maybe Dylan's "Chronicles" set a different approach for rock memoirs. Volume 2 of that is somewhat overdue.