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What made the experience of listening to Bedsit Disco Queen the most enjoyable?
Tracey Thorn reading her own book in her own unique voice
What was one of the most memorable moments of Bedsit Disco Queen?
Tracey's recounting of the dark times surrounding her husband's critical illness
Which scene was your favorite?
Tracey's retelling of the circumstances behind the scenes of recording Everything but the Girl's _The Language of Life_
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
What did you love best about Bedsit Disco Queen?
That Tracey wrote and narrated it
What did you like best about this story?
That it wasn't a gossip-fest or tell-all, but a genuine description of what it was like for her to become a musician. If you like books like this, a GREAT one is Ann & Nancy Wilson's book - give it a try!
Have you listened to any of Tracey Thorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, of course I knew her work, but had not seen any interviews, etc. I didn't really understand the title of the book though
Any additional comments?
I wished Tracey would have described her relationship with Ben in more detail (I am a romantic and think it's great they are still together after all these years!). I also liked how there were a few snips of music in the book
What did you like best about Bedsit Disco Queen? What did you like least?
Lots about this book was fab. The early years, sticking out as odd in Suburbia, Popstar Tracy at Hull Uni, buying a guitar and signed a year later with the Marine Girls. But as with most celeb biogs it's the "missing" bits that are most felt. The whole story was overly padded out with verbatim reviews from various magazines such as NME and Q Magazine. I wanted to get inside her head rather than into the cuttings file.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I learnt lots about the Indie scene I hadn't really followed at the time and enjoyed the refreshing take on parenting while on tour. Milk and Haribo on the rider etc. The reviews and diary entries went too far though. It did feel a bit like an undergraduate overly quoting and foot-noting references in a first year essay. A lot of people will find this bit fine. Especially fans.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I enjoyed the bit where George Michael turns up in his Chelsea tractor on the school run. While Tracy felt embarrassed I couldn't help wondering what kind of school the ex-red wedge girl was sending her kids to. Strangely, finance is hardly discussed in the book - something that might be none of the reader's business. But how soundly does a millionaire bedsit disco queen sleep at night given her past principles??
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Yes. The soundtrack would be amazing.
Any additional comments?
My review sounds a bit harsh, but I did really enjoy the listen. I was entertained, amused and informed. The musical interludes were a fantastic addition that really complemented each chapter. As with most autobiographies the writer seems like a closed book. Over reliance on old diary phrases and press cuttings and even quotes from her partner's book in place of genuine revelation from the heart. In the end, hugely listenable but not enough juicy bits.
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very good autobiography. well worth a listen . Tracey narrates it beautifully. wish it was longer.
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