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Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star Hardcover – March 15, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Virago UK; Reprint edition (March 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844088669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844088669
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Tracey] Thorn is a gifted memoirist. Her writing is spare and to the point, but with an added intelligence and sense of humor that reads more like a charming best friend than an anti-establishment rock star." — Bust.com

"Entertaining and informative. . ."  —The Barnes & Noble Review

"A charmingly frank, wryly funny, and surprisingly pragmatic account of [Tracey Thorn's] life and remarkable career . . . It's about self-discovery and love, and will be an inspiration for quiet girls everywhere to pick up guitars."  —Bitch

"Thorn's literary voice is as cheekily offbeat as her singing voice is rich and mellifluous."  —Time.com

"A really good book."  —Huffington Post

"A witty and charming chronicle of a career full of happy accidents and success found in the least likely of places." —Gawker.com

"[A] lovely, funny memoir." —NewYorker.com

About the Author

Tracey Thorn was the singer and songwriter with Everything But the Girl from 1982 to 2000. She has since recorded several solo albums.

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I immediately bought it for my sister!
kforest
A life lived along with such gifted artists is a life well lived indeed.
R. Frazier
The story she tells reads like a conversation.
Yielima

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Frazier on April 12, 2013
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Awesome read especially if you are a EBTG fan. Loved to read about what I'd always wondered about. Do you own the cross-pollination artists which EBTG were a part of? How about the Smiths/Style Council/Go-Betweens/Apartments/Prefab Sprout--Tracey knew and knows them all. I'd always sought this "sound" and these are some of the very people with whom EBTG shard their evolutions. I find it odd that Tracey assumes she was an "almost Pop Star". I would say she is an authentic POP star, the best kind. Ones that do not self destruct but find themselves at a place in their careers where they can actually pen a book and let us in on the ride, instead of some sad obit where we have to hope it all meant more than rhymes and harmony. The pace is just right with her lyric placed at chapter's end to give depth to what was happening in their lives at the time. I've been listening to the whole EBTG catalog and even picked up Tracey's Christmas CD to complete it all. I guess the last 30 years of my own life are woven within the notes and tones of EBTG. A life lived along with such gifted artists is a life well lived indeed. I'm grateful to Tracey and Ben--Our Blue Moon Roses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "Belgo Geordie" on September 13, 2013
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This page turner did not satisfy the inner man. Having gone through ten years of having a chronic illness where my musical tastes were defined by an inability to manage being in the same space as two chord thrash or industrial white noise, Tracey Thorn and EBTG were where I camped my ears in moozack. Not Enya and not ambient but a long way from garage punk and the adrenalin spit and mayhem of Tall Dwarves, The Clean and Bill Direen that had been my soundtrack of the early eighties. And even now 2013, listening to EBTG is not a hard ask. I was interested in this auto-bio because I had previously read Ben Watt's very courageous book on managing chronic illness and wondered about the creative and human relationship at the core of EBTG. Ms Thorn writes well and is mostly even handed in her insight. She is modest about her vocal range. However, her writing is not in Alan Bennett territory (as recommended by a reviewer on the cover). It is an enjoyable read and Ms Thorn comes across as likeable and able, more creative than she credits herself as being-her description of her interaction with Massive Attack is a highlight of working together/but passing by each other. The history of post punk feminist to disco diva, mum and solo artist lacks the bite the material seems to imply. Rare flashes of anger light the pages and as a reader I willed her to cut loose and put in a boot or two for emphasis. At heart of this book, and this makes it such a worthwhile work, is one half of a love story. As told here it is a fine achievement and shows both Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt as decent human beings existing through a world where to be so, is rare and a challenge that they achieve without over stating its accomplishment. One star missing is passion...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dermot Browne on March 14, 2013
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A thoughtful punk with poetry and poise. What's not to like. Warm and wise. And now we all know where Robert Forster got that cape from. Thanks for sharing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A Johnson on March 11, 2013
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I am an Everything But the Girl fan as I'm sure most who read this book will be. It begins from Tracey's early childhood and spans her life as she ebbs and flows through adolescence to college and adult life. There are many things I had no idea that were going on in the background especially in the early 1990's. The book is an extremely easy read and is difficult to put down. For anyone who wishes to delve deeper into the history of EBTG or Tracey's life in particular it is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Walker on October 12, 2013
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What an empowering tale...
Such talent ,strength of family and the ability to stand back from celebrity at the height of success. A salutary tale ( and two fabulous solo albums in the last six years to bout)....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark on June 24, 2013
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Well, we knew Tracey Thorn could write based on her lyrics. But what she's even better at is telling a story. The era of EBTG is sort of liminal -- on the edge of a couple of things rather than central to the late 20th century. Thorn charts this era so well. For a fan like me, it was great to learn all the background to each album and mutation of EBTG's sound. And to hear about Thorn's development as a person and and artist. And she doesn't show us only her best profile. You get a sense of Thorn as a articulate and exacting artist -- who can be a little self-centered at times, and on rare occasion, a bit whiney. Most musical artists are guilty of some narcissism -- their medium and source is themselves, rather than say a painter who uses paint and canvas as media and (usually but not always) paints something other than herself. So, the pop star's self-regard is forgivable, especially since such great, great music, such great art has resulted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Hooper Lofton on May 12, 2013
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This was a wonderful trip down memory lane for me. What fun to find out what Tracey was doing (and listening to) all throughout the years I was a fan! It was especially poignant knowing what she went through during Ben Watt's life-threatening illness. A must-read for any fan of Everything But The Girl, Marine Girls, Ben Watt or Tracey herself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yielima on April 12, 2013
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Tracey Thorn is a wonderful writer both of songs and non-fiction. The story she tells reads like a conversation. Her story, and that of Everything But the Girl, is intrinsically woven through the post punk pop era of the late 70's, 80's and into the 1990's. I loved reading about the history of her band, her relationships that formed the music and the partnerships that developed. She is humble in the telling. I hope there is more of both her song writing and her novels. And of course her voice - that voice!!
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