In which musician and broadcaster Jarvis Cocker, the Alan Bennett of Britpop, investigates the accumulated debris that comprises the contents of his loft, and ruminates on the memories they bring back. This is a not a conventional rock star autobiography – instead you get a collection of random memories and anecdotes inspired by the long neglected trinkets and souvenirs he’s hoarded over the years, and he ends the book in 1985, ten years before Pulp hit the big time. The author comes across as something of an insecure teenage misfit, an outsider growing up in a drab northern city at the height of Thatcherism and greatly affected by his father walking out on the family, who finds an escape from his humdrum day to day life in music and his dreams of making it to the big time. This is an easy book to dip in and out of as the pieces are mostly brief, the recollections ranging from his earliest fond childhood memories, through his formative teenage years and into his early twenties, covering a mixture of good times interspersed with mistakes he’d rather forget. It has been printed on high quality glossy paper and the objects chosen are illustrated by numerous colour photographs, the whole thing being beautifully presented – in fact it’s almost as a piece of pop art in its own right. It’s an engaging and vividly evocative book, and it’s one that is certainly well worth seeking out.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Jarvis, Pulp, childhood reminiscences, trivia.
One thing you’ve learned
Perhaps the things we keep hidden away say more about us than the things we put on display.