Verse, Chorus, Monster!: Graham Coxon
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I didn't think or want this book to be Graham slagging off the other band members but he says nothing bad/negative about any of them (or anyone else) at any point and it leaves you feeling that he has held back. I don't exactly want to give this one a rating because, as with most memoirs by musicians, this is a book for the heads.
I think this one lands above Will Sergeant's (first) volume and below Jeff Tweedy and Johnny Marr's for me. It's commendable that Coxon is as honest as he is here, and perhaps for a man hobbled by mental illness, Coxon skims over relationships and only vaguely hints at the reasons for his relationship breakdowns as best and as comfortably as he can. Among the noise and clamour of the Britpop era, Blur co-founder Graham Coxon managed to carve out a niche to become one of the most innovative and respected guitarists of his generation - but it wasn't always easy. There were also many times throughout the book where I felt he skimmed over any of his own short-comings and the impact that he may have had on situations instead I felt he chose to quietly point the finger at whoever the other person was without directly saying so.Reading this book made me identify more with Graham Coxon as he discussed his anxieties and struggles with confidence / mental health. Curiosare tra gli aneddoti, la nascita, l’infanzia, il primo “illuminante”- relativamente ai loro due diversissimi animi - incontro con Damon - poco più che undicenni, lui timido e privo di autostima che impatta con un coetaneo sicuro, di successo e strafottente. Graham Coxon beskriver deras tidiga spelning som något i stil med Broder Daniels misär, publiken var där främst för att se om bandet skulle klara sig genom hela setet. Dock skulle det vara lite bättre om han beskrev hur hans problem påverkade hans relationer/hans omgivning). Reading about his extensive therapy, I can understand his motivations for doing this but the result is a book that skips over several key instances with minimal detail.
Coxon på Gorillaz konsert, bakom scenen; "We arranged to meet up straight away and bonded over an Eccles cake. I gained fascinating insights into Graham’s solo work which I did not know before, as well as his art, interests and spiritual beliefs. As a recovering alcoholic, part of the 12 Step Process is to accept responsibility for your part in relationship difficulties, whether those be romantic, friendships or business colleagues, and make amends for any pain caused by your drinking. Verse, chorus, monster' is licked to the bone, so that his almost patented image does not fall apart.He puts himself under the same high bar here and brings about an honest and inoffensive, humbling presentation of his own works. Graham portrayed mental well-being as well as mental illness in a way that everyone can relate and i absolutely love him. Coxon can be lyrical when talking about the music he loves – from the Who to obscure US band Mission of Burma – but his tone is mostly matter-of-fact. First Dave Rowntree releases a solo LP, then Alex James appears all over BBC documentary Sensationalists, and now we get the Graham Coxon autobiography - it seems the 'other' members of Blur are finally getting their solo moments in the spotlight. I think I'm rating this one a bit highly because I see so much of myself reflected in Graham Coxon that it's a bit scary and I have for a couple of years now.
bit pretentious, bit cocky but ig if i wrote riffs like that I would be the most annoying person ever so i can't judge. I really loved how the book began with Coxon explaining musicality as not inherently about what is perceived as genius, but much more to do with obsession. fame and fortune during the Britpop era; and his departure from Blur in 2002, before their eventual reconciliation for a triumphant comeback tour seven years later. Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes. Graham has already admitted many times in the past that his alcoholism has impacted his relationships with Blur members and romantic partners, (something which was reiterated several times again in the book), and he has worked through these steps as part of his recovery process.Like the feminist punk scene in the 90s, folk was another tribe from which Coxon (the notional “pop star”) expected a rebuff. And his wife was so abusive that he had to run away from home at the height of the pandemic, leaving his child, for whom he is VERY, VERY worried. Graham non nasconde il fastidio mostrato per certe scelte discutibili riguardo l’atteggiamento di alcuni (Alex) rispetto alle fans, quello per la mancanza di rispetto per la donna in alcuni video imposti dalla produzione, le incrinature con Demon, l’assenza di intimità nel rapporto d’amicizia divenuto solo professionale. At its best when detailing Coxon’s approach to the creative process, and his discovery of a new confidence in his post-Blur solo albums and soundtrack work.