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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 MagazineSee all Product Description
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. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003
I threw this very long book into my concise garbage can. Maybe it's the music. Julian Cope has released so many incredible records with so much imagination for so many years. Read morePublished on June 22 2002 by Winthrop Harrison
An enjoyable read. Cope is indeed a strange charector, but, perhaps surprisingly, he is also a fine and lucid writer. Read morePublished on May 20 2000