The Story of the Streets

Narrated by: Mike Skinner
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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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

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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Authentic and brilliant

Wonderful to get to know Mike through this book. He tells his story brilliantly. Will re listen for sure

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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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  • Matt E.
  • 02-18-20

Mike!

As growing up listening to The Streets, Mike is somebody that I’ve idolised. A genius in his field & an incredible story that goes with it. I recommend this to anyone with a passion of The Streets.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-19

Thoroughly enjoyable

Great ending. Would recommend to anyone; ‘The Streets’ fan or not, brilliant insight into the music industry, evolution of modern genres and the personal life of a highly driven, talented, legendary artist. Thank you Mike Skinner.

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  • CJ Bilsborough
  • 09-03-19

A reminiscent account of the band that was

I’d followed The Streets through their commercial years and enjoyed their music.

Ironically, I used to meet my then-to-be wife at the gate at 8 - and she was always late.

It was a soundtrack I used to play in the car, in the gym, chilling around the house...

I was pleased to see Mikes book appear on my list - and even happier to hear it was narrated by himself; having just been disappointed with my last listen when I realised Howard Marks didn’t in fact narrate his final memoirs.

If you read this Mike, which I doubt you would ever indulge in something so self indulgent - well done - and thankyou.

I missed your reunion tour - my now current girlfriend - the one after my then-to-be wife - doesn’t get hints - and it became a disappointing Xmas when I’d opened all my gifts not to find tickets in there.

Maybe another time eh?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-19

Best music book I ever read

This is the best investment of your time if you love music. Seriously addictive and great story. If you like The Streets, you'll devour this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-27-19

A Legenary Talent Writes an Average Memoir

So oddly paced it borders on incoherence at times. Could have been so much better

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-19

Industry eye opener

Mike is as open and honest as possible in this industry eye-opener. His brilliantly worded story gives you an insight into what was going on behind The Streets and their 5 priceless albums. And the music was already honest enough. I listened to this audiobook a few years ago and then re-listened yesterday and it was a dream to listen to Mike's voice again.
Somehow all the drug taking that was going on doesn't seem so bad when written in such an eloquent way that Mike has done. The book does skimp on a lot of what I would decribe as inner detail, there is only so much you can fit into a publishers paper trail, but that I think is because there is to be a film made and a sound track to which he probably wants a few surprises. Big fan of Mike Skinner and The Streets. Loved this audio book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-15-19

over rated rubbish

I gave up when he started preaching political views. deluded out of touch rubbish. won't be recommending this to anyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-18

Mike skinner is a true artist!

Great listen if you like the streets, amazing Insite into the mind of a genius geezer

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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