Verse, Chorus, Monster!: Graham Coxon

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Verse, Chorus, Monster!: Graham Coxon

Verse, Chorus, Monster!: Graham Coxon

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I'll start this by saying Blur are my favourite band and have been for over 25 years, so I may have more pre-existing knowledge than the average reader and as such this has probably shaped some of my thoughts around this book.

Boken går mest ut på att han säger 'först gjorde jag detta, sen gjorde jag det och tillslut gjorde jag detta', det blir jävligt repeterande och tråkigt. Graham attended Art School and chose music which I find interesting and I love how Coxon rejected the 90s hedonism and the laddish culture to take the band into a lo-fi direction on their self-titled album. Rather than it being a one-off incident that happened at a specific point in time, the book tells you how this had been a long time coming as a result of feeling creatively undervalued and suffering from an extreme lack of self confidence. fame and fortune during the Britpop era; and his departure from Blur in 2002, before their eventual reconciliation for a triumphant comeback tour seven years later.I also came to understand how difficult it would have been for a sensitive creative child to grow up in a macho army environment and how that would have contributed to the crippling anxiety he struggles with still. As Blur bossed the 90s, and Damon Albarn’s bouncy songs about Englishness came to exemplify Britpop, Graham Coxon could usually be found scowling at the back of the band’s group shots. Charting the hedonism of his Nineties heyday and the ensuing fallout, Blur’s reluctant guitar hero is finally making himself heard.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Jag bryr mig inte om det var en spökskrivare som skrev boken, och bara skrev ned allt genom konversation- JAG BRYR MIG INTE. This figure is present but not dominant throughout, and the book is at its strongest when Coxon talks about his own mental health struggles, and how he has worked hard to understand himself in response. from his early days in Seymour (soon to be a little band named Blur) to his recent works through The Waeve and beyond. In music, though, he found a tribe, and in alcohol, a balm for his deep-rooted anxiety and the “constant buzz of embarrassment”.He did so successfully for decades and still does now, with The Waeve, with Blur’s reunion, with this book. But he came up with the line that I repeated the most, perhaps feeling the tension that he’d genuinely meant in the chaos of it all - “please don’t kill our singer…”.

Some of this stuff astounded me - did no one think that the “Escape from LA” chapter should be renamed given its depiction of Graham effectively abandoning his wife and child in another country? This audiobook includes Graham Coxon in conversation with Matt Everitt, recorded at a live event in Brighton in October 2022.Dock skulle det vara lite bättre om han beskrev hur hans problem påverkade hans relationer/hans omgivning). A charming, brutal and bloody, at times laugh out loud funny, and beautifully-written memoir of wild highs and lows, hedonism and healing.

One glance at the music press back then would have revealed that Coxon, bespectacled, sharp and into American music as much as the Kinks, was not always thrilled at his band’s direction of travel. This is a great book for any fan of the band or the era, casting light on an alternative side of the phenomenon that was easy to take against, but still made me singalong and dance like a fool.Probably the only really unexpected information in the whole text is that during the recording of The Spinning Top he started drinking again and supposedly finally quit in 2017.



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