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- Listening Length: 18 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 13, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0143PIJK0
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The lyrics and origins of many songs are explained. There is an accompanying two CD set you can buy if you do not know the songs. His strength is in his lyrics. He explains collecting fragments in a notebook, phrases heard, that sort of thing. A common way for song writers.
Previously I managed the Dylan autobiography and one by George Harrison. Mostly I prefer for someone else to analyze the music for me. This time, this was the only reliable source.
The book plods along at times and I may have put it aside for weeks, but always picked it up again. It contains a lot of family history, scattered throughout. You could not read that all in one chapter.
It’s not really possible to describe all the angles and content in any short paragraph. Let’s just jump to page 528. Elvis meets Brodsky quartet. They have been fans of each other. A singer that works with them is always a gift for a string quartet. Lots of concerts and also at times a way to approach a bigger audience. Crossover, but not in a bad way this time. Read the next 20 pages for a very meaningful musical awakening for Elvis.
One thing that was entire surprising is that he is in fact very musical, like McCartney, though with lesser vocal and instrumental talent. He had a gift for harmony from a child and eventually learned to write simple scores with the Brodskys.
The rock band and Attractions era is well enough described as well, so whatever part of his career interests you, you can skip around and read that. The book has no index, so just go chapter by chapter. Each chapter clearly outlines what is in it on the first page.
Somehow by one third of the book read, I knew I had to finish it. Many other books were started and stopped in the time between.
Nick Hornby gave the book praises, that was enough to buy the book at the airport 5 months ago.
CD set of the same name:
It's a well balanced collection of the more energetic early years and some of the newer material without his usual side men. The co-written songs are not there much other than Veronica where he had help from McCartney.
Any Costello collection is welcome, there are so few now.
The text also, like many of his albums and the long jumble of his career overall, suffers from a case of "too many words." I mean his prolificacy is great and all, but there are precious few of his records that couldn't use some judicious trimming. There's no reason in the world for this book to approach Moby Dick length, especially as many incidents are repeated practically word for word in different contexts.
I read every word and enjoyed it, and having your streaming audio service handy to listen to his many influences, inspirations, and recommendations is highly recommended. Looking forward to seeing him with the Imposters and the Hollywood Bowl this summer.