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Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Audiobook

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

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Publisher's Summary

Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and had taken the popular music world by storm before he was 24.

Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing and extensive songbooks of the day. His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band on your television screen and performing in the world's greatest concert halls in a wild variety of company. Unfaithful Music describes how Costello's career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom.

The memoir, written entirely by Costello himself, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned cowriters and coconspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic, idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man.

©2015 Elvis Costello (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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    Cindi 12-07-16
    Cindi 12-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome, interesting, beautifully read."

    the narrator is Elvis Costello. such a beautiful reading voice, no surprise there. Very interesting. I love the history behind his family, and the details of the people...and the music that has been around his life.

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    Rashers Philadelphia, PA United States 10-20-17
    Rashers Philadelphia, PA United States 10-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliantly written and delivered"

    I have read and listened to hundreds of music biographies. This is exceptional, in particular how Costello interweaves his career with that of his father (and indeed grandfather). Really exceptional.

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    Chris 09-12-17
    Chris 09-12-17
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    "Entertaining, and insightful "

    I didn't know anything about Elvis Costello. I purchased this book after seeing him on Colbert Report during the promotional tour; thinking it was a name I knew nothing about, and being generally interested during the interview I decided to take a chance. It is an interesting tale of a "pop star" journey during an interesting time period. A momentary escape to a life lived by another. The story is wonderfully told thought the authors eyes and voice; though he proves to not be much a voice actor IMO as the character imitations are well intentioned but cringey still. But absolutely not reason to dissuade a listener! Musically I came from listening to Metal, Punk, and Grunge. As I grow older; I find myself searching through their influences rooted in Blues, Country, Jazz and Gospel. Hearing Elvis a self described "pop" singer going deep into influences, lyrical meaning and personal journey further allows my appreciating while on my own historical exploration. Gave me insight and grounding to the men and women who have always been legends or influential gods discussed among my peers and elders. Top marks; and cheers.

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    ifthenwhy 08-01-17
    ifthenwhy 08-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I Don't Wanna Go To...."
    Any additional comments?

    Simply put, if one is deeply interested in Costello's upbringing before his artistic breakthrough in the seventies, then this book should satisfy.

    Sadly, I found this writing to be in desperate need of an editor as it reminded me of being caught in the corner of a party, having someone that you like hold you captive with a one-sided "conversation" that you just can't break away from.

    Luckily Amazon doesn't require me to be polite.

    I'm a HUGE Costello fan, but this book was a terrible slog.

    Color me disappointed

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    Looshbaby 06-08-17
    Looshbaby 06-08-17
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    "Random Hard To Follow"

    in many ways a fascinating book but chronologically confusing and possibly a bit too long to keep interest

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    christopher 03-10-17
    christopher 03-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Elvis Gives a Piece of Himself to the World"

    I simply appreciate the chance to learn about Elvis and his life. He brings humor and humility in this tale of encounters with notable people from his life as a working musician. The overriding theme is his introduction to the world of music by his working musician father, which grows into a hugely varied career making music with numerous surprising collaborators, poignant moments abounding. Elvis ties the trajectory of his life to his gradual understanding of his father's world in light of the successful run Elvis himself achieves, but makes it plain that he revere's his Dad's tenacity and ethic for the art above all.

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    Kingsley Henely Brook, Australia 03-07-17
    Kingsley Henely Brook, Australia 03-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Costello is a consummate entertainer"

    I came to this autobiography knowing Costello's "best of" hits and knowing very little of his history. I came away feeling like I know the guy, what makes him tick and what has shaped him. While this is obviously not true, I don't know him, his autobiography is a great look into him and his life.

    Costello is a great story teller, and this is what the book really is. A tonne of stories of his life, from childhood to now, covering the things he has done and the people he has interacted with. He's not always explicit in events - sometimes he is and sometimes his story style gives it in a roundabout manner. While the book generally follows a chronological flow for the chapters the content within each often has a lose relationship with time. A story of a White House dinner party shifts easily into a story of his life growing up in England. Stories of him listening to his day play music shifts into latter stories about meeting famous musicians before shifting back to the original story. Costello lets the story flow, taking it where it may based on connections and stray thoughts. The process of telling the stories you get to know him and his world.

    Despite being a pretty big name in music himself Costello comes across as fairly humble and very much in awe of all the stars he meets. Even after 30+ years in the business he still appears star struck and overwhelmed at times. It's strange and endearing.

    The narration work is amazing. If anyone ever says they don't like authors narrating their own work, here is the example to give them. Costello is a performer and that's what the narration is. If he ever gave up music maybe he could become a narrator full time. I guess some advantage is given by it being his own words, so he knows the intended inflection and pace.

    Costello fills his narration with impressions and character. He uses emotion, and pauses. Pacing is generally consistent but ten used in occasional places to great effect.

    I just loved the narration and the book would be lesser without it.

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    Gina 01-17-17
    Gina 01-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Yes!"

    There's nothing negative to say. Buy. Listen. Enjoy. Sometimes the story behind the man can make you better appreciate the man.

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    B. Barchen Canada 12-15-16
    B. Barchen Canada 12-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!"

    I loved everything about this audiobook. Elvis' speaking voice is very easy to listen to - I will often listen again, volume low, if I cant sleep at night. Very soothing. There was a lot I didn't know about Elvis Costello. A very intelligent, prolific, yet humble man.

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    R. Smith Fairfield, CT 11-06-16
    R. Smith Fairfield, CT 11-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for music lovers and lovers of music history"

    Great for music lovers and lovers of music history. He knew everyone and was influenced by each in a different way. Too say nothing of his influence on others. Honest story

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    "An excellent musical history in need of a serious edit"

    Overall I felt it was worth ploughing through all 688 pages because there are numerous valuable insights in this book and it is very well written. I couldn't help thinking though that it would've been a much better 350 page book which dispensed with the enormous amount of an interesting anecdotes about who played bass on which song

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