Elvis Costello - The Early Years

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You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public. Name required. Mar 13, Kent Hayden rated it really liked it. A good represention of Costello's recorded performances and thankfully spares us the complicated trivia of his relationship except how they influence his music.

A good read because it focuses on the man's music and how complex he can be. May 14, Andrew rated it liked it. Now Costello has written his own autobiography you have to wonder I'm unsure as I haven't read Costello's take on things but I suspect this may act as a decent companion piece being as although biography is unable to get into the rationale of a protagonist being as the author isn't in the person's head biography can look at the wider issues and avoid the whitewashing of episodes that a biographer may chose to do.

Anyhow an enjoyable book which looks at the breadth o Now Costello has written his own autobiography you have to wonder Anyhow an enjoyable book which looks at the breadth of Costellos work.. This was quite compelling to begin with as the author has unearthed much interesting material about the early career of the subject, a period which was pretty much buried once MacManus took on the Elvis Costello moniker. Later chapters became less involving however, as the narrative got bogged down in lists of tour venues and setlists. It was all a little too detailed for all but the most obsessive fan.

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The singer previously associated with the punk scene has received the ultimate establishment endorsement. At the end of June the album "Punch the Clock" appeared no working titles known. This was quite compelling to begin with as the author has unearthed much interesting material about the early career of the subject, a period which was pretty much buried once MacManus took on the Elvis Costello moniker. A difficult task to pull off certainly, but it seems odd that Thomson failed to mention such obvious features as the song Party Girl's clear lift of a chord sequence from Abbey Road, although he does allude vaguely to a late period Beatles influence on the Armed Forces album as a whole. Knowing only the bare details of Elvis Costello's career outside of "This Year's Model" one of my top 5 favorite albums , this was a great biography to learn more about the long and storied career of a unique artist. At around that time he announced that he was not planning on recording any more albums. Costello, start using the first name Elvis.

In this respect I found the book less enjoyable to read than Thomson's biography of Kate Bush This was quite compelling to begin with as the author has unearthed much interesting material about the early career of the subject, a period which was pretty much buried once MacManus took on the Elvis Costello moniker. In this respect I found the book less enjoyable to read than Thomson's biography of Kate Bush. As Bush only toured once the book focused on her personal life and the making of her albums, which was much more satisfying.

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To give the author his dues it was a diligently researched and thorough account of the subject's career up to Despite the title though there was a lack of complexity and depth, as this was a pretty straightforward telling of the story. It lacked in terms of being able to really capture the style and impact of particular records.

A difficult task to pull off certainly, but it seems odd that Thomson failed to mention such obvious features as the song Party Girl's clear lift of a chord sequence from Abbey Road, although he does allude vaguely to a late period Beatles influence on the Armed Forces album as a whole.

There isn't a great deal on Costello's personal life; he has been married a few times and involved in a few other relationships but it seems that with the exception of Bebe Buell no one is talking about any of it. The book ends up being pretty much the musical career of the subject. This was the first Elvis Costello biography that I have read and whilst it was a decent enough effort I can't help but feel that the essence of the man eludes the author.

It was far from hackwork but failed to achieve true classic status. Jun 07, Tommy rated it liked it.

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In , the year-old Costello moved with his Liverpool-born mother to Birkenhead, Cheshire, where he formed his first band, a folk. The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years is a compilation album by Elvis Costello released in All tracks written by Elvis Costello, except where noted.

The quintessential book on Elvis has yet to be written, I guess. While "God's Comic" was one man's attempt to explain every song lyric - too much so, in fact - this book skims the songs in favor of a journey through Elvis' life with The Attractions, his various periods of musical exploration, and his personal demons and angels.

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You leave the book pretty much like you came in - assuming he was a boisterous, drunken lout in his early days, mellowed and matured as he got older, and pretty much bl The quintessential book on Elvis has yet to be written, I guess. You leave the book pretty much like you came in - assuming he was a boisterous, drunken lout in his early days, mellowed and matured as he got older, and pretty much blamed the industry for any slow sales or commercial failures.

Yet, he always comes across as a likable bloke you'd love to have a pint with. Just stop at a pint Mar 30, Joe Eidson rated it really liked it. Knowing only the bare details of Elvis Costello's career outside of "This Year's Model" one of my top 5 favorite albums , this was a great biography to learn more about the long and storied career of a unique artist. I enjoyed the details about the tours and show recaps, although the sheer level of historical detail in the book tends to get a bit dry. It was very interesting to me to learn that Elvis crossed over into so many other musical genres and I am looking forward to picking up some of h Knowing only the bare details of Elvis Costello's career outside of "This Year's Model" one of my top 5 favorite albums , this was a great biography to learn more about the long and storied career of a unique artist.

It was very interesting to me to learn that Elvis crossed over into so many other musical genres and I am looking forward to picking up some of his other releases after reading about their creation. Jun 12, Jen rated it liked it. Very well-written and researched but as someone who's not an Elvis Costello superfan I could have stopped reading around when I mostly stopped listening "Spike," for what it's worth.

Some really good tidbits for the more casual fan though. I didn't know about his connection to the Pogues, or how much Nick Lowe had to do with it in the beginning. Nor did I know about the "Columbus incident," yikes. Easy to hear his first few albums in a new light knowing more about his first wife. After seeing him perform at the Wang Theater in Boston last night, I want to read something more about his life. It really surprised me that I didn't know much about his life although I've listened to his music since I was a teen.

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His dad was a musician too and when we saw him in Boston his half-brother came on stage with his band, Bible Code Sundays, to play with him. Jul 11, Bradley rated it it was ok. Fact-starved fans of the life and art of Mr. Declan MacManus will enjoy this slight, glorified fanzine volume, but there's not a heckuva lot more than the nuts and bolts to recommend it--no depth, no erudite criticism, no style. If you're looking for that, read Elvis' own liner notes of all the Rhino reissues of his records instead.

Jun 07, Matthew L. Shelves: geek-trivia. Whereas I hated the cat that wrote the Spectre bio, this guy was on it, useful, clever enough to be present but not in the way of the info and the book went up to If you're a fan of the Imposter, I would highly recommend a read.

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In fact, it has whetted my appetite for more bios. May 01, Tara Brabazon rated it liked it. This is a rock biography, with all the strengths and weaknesses of the genre, but it is a great example of the form. There is an intensity of detail in this book and a match between personal information and record reviews. The book is a straight forward chronological narrative, concluding after his marriage to Diana Krall.

Fact-heavy, the musical facts are still intriguing. Aug 01, Sam rated it liked it. Another one that's still on the "to finish" list. What I've read about his early beginnings didn't deter me or anything, I just got busy. When you find out that his nerdy glasses and skinny ties were just a record company implementation, it's a little bit of a let-down. Doesn't take away from his talent, but definitely makes you think more about what's behind the facade.

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Jul 04, Emily rated it it was ok. I couldn't finish this book. I love Elvis Costello's music, and wanted to learn more about him. Two stars for learning about his early life, his temper, etc. The rest - ugh. It was poorly written, riddled with typos and mistakes, and less compelling than I had hoped. I abandoned this years ago, and finally decided to remove it from my "currently reading" list. Right now I'm at the point where Costello's first album just came out.

I can't remember which pages the bookmark is stuck between, but I can remember that those pages were pretty boring. I do plan on finishing this book one day. Maybe it'll be in a year when nothing interesting comes out and I finished all of the other books I have bookmarks in. Jan 26, Don rated it liked it Shelves: Elvis story as a young man and a struggling musician is as compelling as anybody's, and is well told here. His career through the 70s is fine, but then Elvis pretty much starts doing everything--and the latter third of the book is a chronicle of who he sings with and works with.

Not his fault. Not the author's fault. Jun 26, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: music. Interesting if you're an Elvis fan. Would have benefitted greatly from direct interviews with Elvis and his family. Relies a bit too much at times on going over what songs Elvis played at any given show. Feb 01, Gena rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Elvis fans. Shelves: non-fiction. Very interesting.

Spoiler alert. Elvis is a vegan! Jan 20, Mike rated it really liked it. Pretty good book on the life of Elvis Costello. It talks about how disfunctional of a relationship he had with the Attractions. It's definitely worth reading if you are a really big fan of his. Aug 02, Kiof rated it liked it. Jun 03, Heather Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: memoirs-and-biographies , non-fiction. A thorough and captivating look at the life and career of Elvis Costello Jun 30, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , people-who-lived , music.

Really, really excellent biography of one of my favorite musicians. It comes of as pretty honest and reliable so I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Elvis Costello. Aug 09, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography. Fascinating biography about a complicated and brilliant musician. Jul 07, Howard rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who claims to have respectable taste in music. Shelves: best-books-about-music , books-i-would-read-again , little-hands-of-concrete.