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.
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Elvis by Elvis -- Best of the Best!
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.
Um, let me think...Elvis Costello? ;-)
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.
A Masterful Wordsmith