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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Thorsons; New edition edition (Nov. 25 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722538820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722538821
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #854,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read a ton of music books and this is one of the most entertaining, enjoyable rock tomes I've encountered. Funny, self-deprecating and chock full of cool anecdotes. The people who wrote bad reviews of this are, to use a Cope-ian phrase, un-utopian planks. Look Out!
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Julian Cope is many things to many people - misunderstood musical genius, maverick rock n roller, devotee of Britain's sacred standing stone sites, and more. I loved this two-volume autobiography in which his intelligence and drive shine through. OK, his heavy drug use - acid-tripping and general semi-loony rockstar behaviour also shines through - but this is a thoroughly entertaining account of (firstly) the Teardrop Explodes and early punk scene in Liverpool and (secondly) the later more mature Copey as he copes (pardon the pun!) with a lack of commercial success but remains true to his inner vision.
Essential for any fan of his wonderful ("marvy Harvey!") music and the book also contains some hilarious moments, not least the game "sock" which Copey and his fellow band members used to play on long drives across America - putting a sock over their heads, climbing out the van window and over the roof of a moving vehicle and back into the other window, the idea being not to fall off and die! Check it out!
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By A Customer on June 4 2001
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Cope is to be commended for writing such an objective and humble account of his days with the Teardrops etc. Especially noteworthy is his ability to relay (and recall) how he felt at the time without letting later events color his words. Reading the account af his first meeting with Ian McCulloch, for example, you'd never guess at the bad blood between them at the time it was written.
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By PJFC on April 7 2001
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I think I've always been a fan of Julian Cope. His first solo record came out when I was in college and was essential listening of the time. "Peggy Suicide" was the soundtrack for the summer of '91 (which I will always fondly remember as the best of my life).
I've followed him with a sort of detached attention which is natural with every musician with a low U.S. profile, but I've always been there.
So I picked this one up to take with me on some stupid business trip and read it in two really long nights. This is, without a doubt, the most compelling, happy, sad, sentimental (but not really), rock & roll memoir I have ever read. The sense of humble reportage and drug-clouded rememberance comes through with such clarity (!) and optimism makes this not only the story of the beginnings of a musical "mad" genius, but also a love story, an ill fated oddessey [sic], and, what could be, the makings of a great road novel.
The two memoirs read like a conversation with the coolest uncle ever and hold interest (even if the reader's formative years don't provoke similar memories).
This collection is a happy spring/summertime read and worth every second of effort. So much so that I have been pushing it off on everyone I went to school with. The musical journey here doesn't seem to take center stage to the personal development of the "Cope" and even if you weren't around at the birth of post-punk, this memoir still reverberates.
Heartstopping and beautiful. (No, I'm not biased. Nah. Not at all.)
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The amazing thing about Repossessed is that it is fascinating even though Cope spent much of the time documented in the book sitting in his home playing with classic toys! The term "mad genius" comes to mind reading Cope's work. The genius part seems to fit. Mad? I don't know. Certainly at least a little off-kilter! A great read.
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