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Just for One Day: Adventures in Britpop Paperback – May 1, 2011
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- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0091936527
- ISBN-13 : 978-0091936525
- Dimensions : 4.96 x 0.79 x 7.8 inches
- Publisher : Ebury (May 1, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This isn't a conventional autobiography, which is a very good thing. There are no obvious tales about the first day at primary school, or the potted history of every known ancestor. But there are plenty of precise insights into the life of a genuinely gifted and superlatively creative individual narrated with wry hindsight and comic genius. Not that this should be dismissed as a throwaway biography; the humour is pensive and often enlightening rather than lazy, obvious gags that have become cliches.
That the book is rich in humour should not be mistaken for someone who had an easy way to the top, or a life that was a laugh a minute. There was still the usual obstacles of life to negotiate, not to mention a music industry that seemed nigh on impossible to shoehorn a way in. And then the realities of Indie music life that no one warns you about, and how fragile success is even if your sales reach the giddy heights of platinum discs and your photo is literally everywhere.
Not only Louise Wener's autobiography a brilliant read, it must a be a set textbook for anyone who wants to make it as a singer, songwriter or musician, because the painful truth is that simply being insanely talented isn't enough to get you a half-decent gig to half a dozen drunk guide dogs, let alone an actual audience. Because there was no YouTube or X Factor or global social media when Sleeper set out. You had to make the template and tools as well as the music in 1994.