Head-On/Repossessed Paperback – Feb 2000
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From Library Journal
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
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.)
Most recent customer reviews
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