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Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star
     

Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star

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by Tracey Thorn
 

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A frank and funny pop culture memoir in the vein of Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman, this is "how to be a woman artist"
 
This is the story of Tracey Thorn, one half of the internationally successful group Everything But the Girl, collaborator with such artists as Paul Weller, Massive Attack, and dance legend

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A frank and funny pop culture memoir in the vein of Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman, this is "how to be a woman artist"
 
This is the story of Tracey Thorn, one half of the internationally successful group Everything But the Girl, collaborator with such artists as Paul Weller, Massive Attack, and dance legend Todd Terry. Tracey was only 16 when she bought an electric guitar and joined a band. A year later, she formed an all-girl band called the Marine Girls, played gigs, signed to an indie label, and started releasing records. Then, for 18 years, between 1982 and 2000, she was one half of Everything But the Girl. They released nine albums and sold nine million records, went on countless tours, had hits and flops, and were reviewed and interviewed to within an inch of their lives. Tracey has been in the charts, out of them, back in. She's seen herself described as an indie darling, a middle-of-the-road nobody, and a disco diva. As she explains here, she hasn't always fit in, a fact that's helped her to face up to the realities of a pop career. She discusses her realizations—that there are thrills and wonders to be experienced, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, and violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes. This is the funny, perceptive, and candid story of her 30-year pop career.

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A corker of a read: fascinating, compelling and beautifully written.—Emma Kennedy, bestselling author of The Tent, the Bucket and Me

Tracey Thorn seizes your attention because she never asks for it, and in that her authorial voice is very like her singing voice, soft and low, magnetic.—Guardian

The Alan Bennett of pop memoirists. I loved her book so much I wanted to form a band, too. Preferably with Thorn.—Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of How to be a Woman

As distinctive and lovely as its author's singing voice, Bedsit Disco Queen isn't just a wry and wise memoir of a unique career: it acts as a kind of eulogy for a forgotten era of British pop.—Alexis Petridis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844088669
Publisher:
Virago UK
Publication date:
03/15/2013
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Tracey Thorn was singer and songwriter with Everything But the Girl from 1982-2000. At that point she semi-retired from the music business to bring up her children. She has since recorded three solo albums, Out of the Woods, Love and Its Opposite, and Tinsel and Lights. She lives in London with her husband Ben Watt and their three children.

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