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Mother Brother Lover [Hardcover]

Jarvis Cocker

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Book Description

Nov. 22 2011
Jarvis Cocker is widely regarded as one of the most original and memorable lyricists and performers of the last three decades. Here, for the first time, is a selection of sixty-six lyrics, presented with commentary and an introduction by the man himself. In this volume, readers (and Pulp fans) will find such classic Jarvis lyrics as "Common People", "Disco 2000", "Babies", "This is Hardcore" and "Do You Remember the First Time?" The selection, assembled by the author, reveals a sensibility that is unmistakably Jarvis: a sometimes visceral, sometimes everyday take on love, relationships and the things we do to each other when the lights get low. "Mother, Brother, Lover" takes the reader on a thirty-year tour into the life, art and preoccupations of one of the great British artists of the late twentieth century. Shocking, sharp, clever and funny, it is a beautiful collection of lyrics and commentary.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber And Faber Ltd. (Nov. 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780571281909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571281909
  • ASIN: 0571281907
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #357,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jarvis Cocker has been making music for two-thirds of his life. Two dozen of these years (1978-2002) were spent in Pulp, a group with whom he enjoyed most of the experiences you can have as the singer in a band. Over this time, Jarvis went from being the quintessential outsider to being one of the most recognised and cherished figures in Britain. He brought a rare, bookish wit to the pop charts, and cut an original dash in a rock'n'roll world often dominated by reductive cliche.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Pulp fans Jan. 13 2012
By Me - Published on
This is essentially a book of Pulp lyrics, annotated by Jarvis Cocker. That makes it sound trivial, but it's a lovely read. It comes across more like a book of poetry than a lyrics compilation.
The annotations (in the back of the book) are fascinating.
If you're a Pulp fan, I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for jarvis cocker and pulp fans April 22 2012
By E.R.K.Bryan - Published on
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Really enjoyed this book. I've always loved the wit and story-telling in Jarvis Cocker's lyrics and this book collects some of the best lyrics with an intro and notes by Cocker. I especially liked the notes and the insight they provide into the context of the lyrics. Easy to navigate on the Kindle as well, though I'll probably buy a physical copy as well to make it easier to flip between the text and notes. I ordered it on the Kindle because I just couldn't make myself wait for a book to arrive! A great collection for a fan or anyone who enjoys superb song-writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable June 5 2013
By Andrew P Miller - Published on
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All of the lyrics are great although, of course, mostly available elsewhere but the notes at the back are particularly interesting.
3.0 out of 5 stars not impressed with Kindle edition Jan. 1 2013
By Dwayne S. McGarty - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I assume that the layout of the ebook is the same as that of the paper book. unfortunately, it doesn't work very well this way for Kindle. having the lyrics at the beginning of the book and the notes at the end undoubtedly works beautifully when one can leaf through the book looking for them. however, when you have to go back to the table of contents and select the chapter 'Notes', and then you find that when you try to page forward you are informed that you have finished the book; meaning that you have to jump to the next chapter and then page backwards through the notes, it does not. it is sloppy work on the part of the publisher to release an ebook with such an error - not to mention that the book is clearly not optimised for ease of reading on a Kindle. with that out of the way however, this is a fascinating book. as most of these lyrics are biographical or autobiographical, it is indispensible to have the point of view of the person who wrote them. if you are interested in Jarvis Cocker, I highly recommend this book. just don't get it for your Kindle.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 26 2014
By A. Olivia Rodriguez - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Like new. Thanks !!

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