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Publisher's Summary

"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

Critic Reviews

"Cleverer, funnier, more illuminating and beautifully written than anything I have read in the longest time." (Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian)

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-18

I love Mike even more now

For me, this book revealed a whole new side of Mike Skinner. Before listening to this, I mainly loved his music, now I'm a big fan of both Mike and his music!

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  • Seb Elliott
  • 04-09-18

poignant and entertaining

very well written. flows well and provides honest review of life work from the streets. great to listen to in conjunction with the albums.

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  • Lewis Emslie
  • 10-29-17

Mike Skinner Is possibly the most boring man to listen to in the history of the world!

Mike Skinner Is possibly the most boring man to listen to in the history of the world!

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  • Brysin Whittled-Bottom Hume
  • 10-18-17

Amazing

it's an album in its self. will listen to again. must buy the book now.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-18

The Streets through and through

A sweet read through the early days and the changes Mike / The Streets go through cementing a place as pioneers in the industry