Recently we’ve got into a bit of a thing with reading various musical non-fiction. It accidentally started when I bought It’s Lovely to be Here, James Yorkston’s notes from 10 years of gigging, and it ended up getting passed around the band.
James’ writing is similar to his lyrics and narration; amusing, honest, gently self-mocking. The book’s great, and it appears to have cemented JY in the band’s affections – even if he did tell Charlie’s moothie to feck off.
Currently doing the rounds is The Glamour Chase, Tom Doyle’s biography of the eclectic, mercurial and sadly departed Billy MacKenzie. I didn’t know much about MacKenzie, being a bit young for the Associates in their time, but a corner of my head is forever reverberating to Party Fears Two; possibly the weirdest and most brilliant hit single ever. Reading this was partly an (unsuccessful) attempt to exorcise this glorious earworm.
Matthew’s first contribution to Band Book Club is Alanna Nash’s The Colonel, which tells the story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis. Again, don’t know much about Elvis – don’t like his music much – but the shadowy Colonel sounds far more intriguing. Looking forward to finding out more, thangyouverymuch.