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a frozen fox
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am currently reading paul morley's autobiography/proustian discourse, 'nothing'.
ostensibly about his dads suicide with some great diversions into the manchester music scene.
anymore books/music crossovers to recommmend?
eg; 'ginger geezer' 'the glamour chase'.

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Andy C
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I'm not quite clear about what you want to chat about here. Are you talking about figures from the music world who've gone on to write in a broader sphere? Or books that incorporate musical themes alongside others?

If it's the former, a tip of the hat and a howdy-doody to Kinky Friedman, whose novels (featuring a version of himself as the protagonist) are splendid examples from that highly entertaining zone where wisecracking detective fiction merges imperceptibly into a smartass parody of itself. There's still a lot of honky-tonkin' music in there, too.

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Giles Smith's [EMAIL]Lost in Music[/EMAIL] is an entertaining account of his life in 80s music, living in the shadow of Nik Kershaw.

I've never read Don de Lillo's Great Jones Street, which was the source for a long quote on lots of Kurt Cobain 1967-1994 T-shirts. Is it any good?

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ian .64
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Ploughing through Al Franken's tome on the American Right. Amusing and depressing. Rush Limbaugh telling a man whose father died in the WTC tragedy to 'fuck off' out of his studio after expressing his opposition to the Iraq war.

Christ sakes.

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Andy,i was thinking more along the lines of people involved in music and finding a secondary outlet through writing, as it is rarely the other way around.
As FC,s recomendation (which i have read FC)and the excellent wreckless eric, warts 'n'all autobiogaphy.
sorry, i have just realised paul morley is the exception to my first point!

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Andy C
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Anthony Burgess was a prolific classical composer. He wrote, amongst other things, several symphonies, an opera and a ballet. I think I've heard it said that he'd have preferred to have been principally a composer rather than a writer.

I've not heard any of his compositions, so I don't know whether they're any good though.

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Milan Kundera was a classically trained musician and (I think) musicologist. Many of his essays are about themes from classical music.
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Rush Limbaugh telling a man whose father died in the WTC tragedy to 'fuck off' out of his studio after expressing his opposition to the Iraq war.

Was it not Bill O'Reilly?

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ian .64
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It most certainly was. I stand corrected. Although O'Reilly and Limbaugh seem so unpleasant it's hard to tell them apart. In print, anyway.
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Louise Wener out of that fourth division Britpop band Sleeper wrote a book. I think it's called Goodnight Steve McQueen. I haven't read it - but it looks dreadful. Mind you, at least she's keeing herself busy. I wonder what the rest of the band are doing...?
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quote:
If it's the former, a tip of the hat and a howdy-doody to Kinky Friedman, whose novels (featuring a version of himself as the protagonist) are splendid examples from that highly entertaining zone where wisecracking detective fiction merges imperceptibly into a smartass parody of itself. There's still a lot of honky-tonkin' music in there, too.
Kinky had a band in the 70s, Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. It takes a certain type to get the humor. If I'm not mistaken, I think he was part of Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, with all of the Nudie country outfits.
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quote:
Louise Wener out of that fourth division Britpop band Sleeper wrote a book. I think it's called Goodnight Steve McQueen. I haven't read it - but it looks dreadful. Mind you, at least she's keeing herself busy.
Not only that but she keeps appearing on late night Five Live as well, adding nothing to debates at all other than to plug her next book (I think she's up to number three now - so, they're obviously time consuming tomes).

Oh, and so Matthew Bannister can flirt with her.

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Salmon Rusty used to write advertising jingles and slogans, I think, before going on to write the Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children.

I believe he was responsible for the words Naughty But Nice.

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Oolon Colluphid LLB
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And Fay Weldon was responsible for the slogan "Go to work on an egg".

There's a bit of useless trivia for you.

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I've just embarked on Morley's 'Nothing'. Only a few pages in, but already it's proving to be an infuriating mix of the wonderful and the excrutiating, often within the space of a sentence. I'm glad the are some diversions into the Manchester music scene on the horizon, as an entirely unbroken stretch of his philisophical meanderings from cover to cover might prompt me to relegate the book to downstairs loo status.
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