• Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

  • By: Elvis Costello
  • Narrated by: Elvis Costello
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-13-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (529 ratings)

Regular price: $38.50

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Publisher's Summary

Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and had taken the popular music world by storm before he was 24.
Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing and extensive songbooks of the day. His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band on your television screen and performing in the world's greatest concert halls in a wild variety of company. Unfaithful Music describes how Costello's career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom.
The memoir, written entirely by Costello himself, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned cowriters and coconspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy.
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic, idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man.
©2015 Elvis Costello (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 10-13-15

Elvis by Elvis -- Best of the Best!

Would you consider the audio edition of Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink to be better than the print version?

Of course I'll own both, but I'm soooooooo enjoying my private audience with the author as he shares the highs, the lows, the excesses and the achievements of an amazing life and career.

I've had the pleasure of listening to Elvis Costello's music (live and recorded) for nearly 40 years, with insights he's shared here and there into some of the inputs and inspirations behind his massive catalog.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Um, let me think...Elvis Costello? ;-)

What about Elvis Costello’s performance did you like?

I can't imagine enjoying anyone ELSE narrating this particular book. This is the tour Elvis has chosen to give us through HIS life, and his narrative style is comfortable and accessible.

This Elvis is so far removed from the Elvis I encountered in late '70s concerts, where the music did the talking and Elvis said little, if anything, to the audience. He's opened up over the ensuing decades, and now we've got over 18 hours (or 688 pages, or both) of this incredible wordsmith generously (and, I'm sure, selectively) using his words to illuminate other words and their origin.

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4 out of 5 stars
By William on 10-31-15

A Masterful Wordsmith

An extraordinary view into the life of an artist consumed by the experience of music & history. Not the standard birth to present day summation but a kaleidoscope of times & places, not unlike his lyrics.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Nedgus on 03-09-16

An excellent musical history in need of a serious edit

Overall I felt it was worth ploughing through all 688 pages because there are numerous valuable insights in this book and it is very well written. I couldn't help thinking though that it would've been a much better 350 page book which dispensed with the enormous amount of an interesting anecdotes about who played bass on which song

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