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"This book is going to try and get as close as possible to the full story of what informed the noise of The Streets. Obviously that's something I should be fairly well qualified to know about, and I'm going to be as honest as the publisher's lawyers will allow."

With the 2001 release of The Streets' debut single "Has It Come to This?" the landscape of British popular music changed forever. No longer did home-grown rappers have to anxiously defer to transatlantic influences. Mike Skinner's witty, self-deprecating sagas of late-night kebab shops and skunk-fuelled Playstation sessions showed how much you could achieve simply by speaking in your own voice.

In this thoroughly modern memoir, the man the Guardian once dubbed "half Dostoevsky… half Samuel Pepys" tells a freewheeling, funny and fearlessly honest tale of Birmingham and London, ecstasy and epilepsy, Twitter-fear and Spectrum joysticks, spread betting and growing up. He writes of his musical inspirations, role models and rivals, the craft of song writing, and reflects on the successes and failures of the decade-long journey of The Streets.

©2012 Mike Skinner (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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Amazing audiobook

Definitely a great audio book in which Skinner speaks of his troubles and experiences throughout The Streets.

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  • Sara
  • 07-12-12

A hard way to make an easy living

No one sounds like Mike Skinner, and as his famous timbre begins, you do find yourself thinking, a 3 minute song is fine, but will I be able to stand a whole books worth of his monotone? And then you listen to what he's saying and you know that no-one else could read it. Every sentence about his music reminds you of the music itself, as his vocals *are* the streets. His words and the way he says them, that's what made me a fan in the first place.

This is a brilliant insight into the UK music business, from a man who is intelligent, articulate, humble when necessary, interesting, and above all, incredibly normal, with a brilliant, objective view on life, served with a slice of acerbic wit.

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  • Jonathan
  • 06-21-12

The Story of the Streets

Brutally honest, compelling and refreshingly free from b******t.
It's been a privilege to hear the story behind the music that has meant so much to me over the years from the man himself. Far from being a fly-by-night 'geezer', Mike Skinner is a grafter, a craftsman and an unashamed control freak.
Skinner's reading is, errrm, uncomfortable. It sounds like reading his book aloud is the last thing in the world he wants to be doing. But I get the impression he feels letting someone else narrate it instead would be an even worse option. I agree.
If you're a fan of The Streets I can't see how you would fail to get more form the music after listening to the story.
Recommended.

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  • CARL
  • 01-21-16

Entertaining story...Skinners voice not so...

If you can overcome Skinners voice then it's a great story. I got to the end but it was a struggle.

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  • Mr
  • 07-09-17

listened to in one take. greatness

admittedly i have knowledge to the background but loved every seep of recollection and reflection.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-17

Story OK but the delivery....

I like the Streets. I like Mike Skinner, but my days his delivery is tedious. So off putting it pretty much ruined the audio book.

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  • Paul R.
  • 01-16-17

Cult classic, not bestseller :)

Took a while for me to get used to hearing Mike speaking without what he was saying rhyming, or being lyrical in some way. But once I was past that I really enjoyed it. I've loved the streets since the OPM and t

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  • Martin
  • 01-08-17

Bostin!!!

I absolutely loved this. The fact that Mike Skinner narrates this audiobook makes the listening experience so much better. If you are or have ever been a fan of The Streets or Mike Skinner's work I highly recommend it.

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  • Michael
  • 08-25-15

Love this

Class through out great read. Mike skinner always truthful. Not what I expected from this. Good insight into how things worked in the industry

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  • The i-MC
  • 09-14-14

Original Pirate Material!

What made the experience of listening to The Story of the Streets the most enjoyable?

Mike's integrity - and the fact he choose to narrate himself. Contrary to what I had read on here, he does a fabulous job.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mike himself, naturally.

Have you listened to any of Mike Skinner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Owning the first two albums, the prose makes complete sense.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but often I listened longer than I had time to!

Any additional comments?

Unique talent - ego completely under control - rare in this business. And down to earth. Great study of an interesting period in UK music.

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  • Leon
  • 08-22-14

Interesting, Charming and Humble

What made the experience of listening to The Story of the Streets the most enjoyable?

Mike seems very open and honest, told with wit.
This book seems to fill in the gaps between his albums and reveals some aspects that are news to even a die hard streets fan.

What other book might you compare The Story of the Streets to, and why?

This books really fresh and Mike delivery is almost like a song in itself, very articulate.

What does Mike Skinner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His voices adds a personal feel and helps the story flow.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when Mike opens up and speak about his Dad's mental health issues and his recent struggle with ME

Any additional comments?

This is a must listen too audio book.

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