Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

eBook - 2015
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Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and had taken the popular music world by storm before he was twenty-four. Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing and extensive songbooks of the day. His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band on your television screen and performing in the world's greatest concert halls in a wild variety of company. "Unfaithful Music" describes how Costello's career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom. The memoir, written entirely by Costello himself, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success,...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780698140653
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Sep 30, 2018

How does anyone listen to this guy?

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.).

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.

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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