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Head-On/Repossessed [Paperback]

Julian Cope
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Book Description

Nov. 25 1999
When Julian Cope published `Head On’ in 1994 he received astounding reviews: “Visceral, ballsy, bitchy, brutal, beautifully written. Book of the year. Made my heart burst”. – The Observer “… an enthralling saga of bitchiness, betrayal and unrepentent debauchery.” – The Sunday Times (Books of the Year) “ Not only is the aarch-drude perfectly balanced mentally, but he has the longest and most detailed memory ( or the most extensive and exhaustive diary) in rock……. As a glimpse of the essentially pathetic but amusing whims and eccentricities that lie behind the screwed down hairdos of rock musicians, it’s equally essential reading. And as a genital -warts-and -all diary of madmen, it is simply supreme entertainment.” – N.M.E “one of the funniest, blakest rock reads you could wish for… and throughout, Cope never portrays himself as anything less than a self-serving, childish, whinging half-assed failure. He’s wrong, of course, but it makes for insanely funny reading.” – Select Head-On has previously only been available via `Head Heritage’ Julian’s own company. `Repossesed’ picks up in 1983 where Head On’ stops and continues up until 1989. Written in Cope’s inimitable style it is set to provoke the same kind of media excitement.

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Cope's two-part autobiography, here bound together as one book to the delight of many fans, does not rely on tales of drug abuse and severe mood swings to hold the reader. Part 1, Head-On, first self-published in England in 1994, recounts Cope's struggles and eventual coming to grips with his status as a British music icon (he lead the Liverpool New Wave band the Teardrop Explodes). Part 2, Repossessed, details Cope's solo years and, strangely enough, his vicarious telephone travels with Echo and the Bunnymen drummer Pete de Freitas across America in the 1980s. With their casts of detailed characters, who take on literary qualities, both tales provide insight into the birth and growth of the British postpunk scene. Cope's transformation from a kid searching for acceptance to a rock star content with the search for self-understanding begs for a concluding third part. Recommended for larger libraries.DRobert Morast, Pro Rodeo Sports News, Colorado Springs
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Praise for Head-On/Reposessed: 'Visceral, ballsy, bitchy, brutal, beautifully written.' The Obersver, Book of the Year 'An enthralling saga of bitchiness, betrayal and unrepentent debauchery' Sunday Times, Book of the Year 'Wondrous memoirs of fleeting stardom and LSD-induced psychosis.' Q, 50 Best Music Books Ever (2001) 'Hilarious, observant and deeply subversive.' i-D 'Considered and self-deprecating!Mighty.' Time Out 'Repossessed!is one of the best books about the 80s ever written and without doubt the best book about toy cars, hermiting, integrity and drug paranoia.' The Guardian 'Cope's passion and intelligence are well served by a vein of self-deprecating wit.' The Telegraph 'Cope's rocking writing at its most infectious, moving and hilarious.' NME 'Compulsive reading!This man is truly a genius.' Loaded 'A wryly rendered masterpiece.' Q Magazine

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4.0 out of 5 stars Floored Genius Tells His Own Story Aug. 19 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential April 7 2001
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy all Julian Cope Books May 14 2000
This is the best, most enjoyable, rock book I have ever read. Say what you like about the man's music (I love it), but there is no denying his way with words. If you have read Krautrocksampler then you already know this. After weeks of raving I convinced a friend who dislikes Cope's music to read this. He loved it and you will too. Do yourself a favor and buy this and then his other books too. I cannot stress this enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Articulate 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Oddly entertaining Oct. 9 2000
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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