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Verse, Chorus, Monster!: Graham Coxon

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Influence is not the be-all and end-all, but Coxon details where he finds himself, particularly on his solo records, and the need to kick up a storm and noise. I don't exactly want to give this one a rating because, as with most memoirs by musicians, this is a book for the heads. Having been heavily influenced by Graham both as a musician, and as a person, I could not wait to read this book. For those of the era, it means taking a trip down memory lane through the songs of their youth, while those born before it can lap up books and articles from the famous faces of the time.

Jag var både oerhört inspirerad av hans spelande samt konst, och han var faktiskt en stor motivator till att jag spelade gitarr (eller iallafall fortsatte). He is really open about his anxieties and insecurities, which for a "rock" memoir, was really refreshing (a world away from Alex James' approach which was almost the polar opposite). Take Coxon’s solo works as an example, his brief explanations and the influences of the time, from folk music to Sylvia Plath and his back-and-forth with alcoholism, are pasted throughout.I debated rating this book higher but I settled on 3 stars because I felt he held back far too much. Graham has covered the Blur break up in interviews in recent years and so there is no real need to provide any more detail. from his early days in Seymour (soon to be a little band named Blur) to his recent works through The Waeve and beyond.

One of the most innovative guitarists of his generation, best known as being a founding member of Blur, Coxon has also released eight solo albums and frequently composes for film and TV.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.

And some of them may even be lurking inside yourself…is an intimate, honest reflection on music, fame, addiction and Art by one of Britain’s most iconic musicians”. There are moments in the book when you feel he has obviously self edited to avoid getting into discussing situations that could easily open up the floodgates of negativity. Charting the hedonism of his Nineties heyday and the ensuing fallout, Blur's reluctant guitar hero is finally making himself heard. Boken kan gillas av musikfans som är typ gammal och har lyssnat på mycket musik och kan mycket om det.

His name was Damon Albarn, and his cooleness, coupled with his brilliance as an actor and performer, blew me away". I think that it is Graham's right - as well as being essential for his mental health - to 'hold back' information that does not add anything to that basic premise. I’d heard a few of his solo albums, and the idea in my head of him was of the punk / sci-fi obsessed / comic book aficionado version.

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