In my life a music memoir
In My Life: A Music Memoir by Alan JohnsonFrom being transported by the sound of True Love by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly on the radio, as a small child living in condemned housing in ungentrified West London in the late 1950s, to going out to work as a postman humming Watching the Detectives by Elvis Costello in 1977, Alan Johnsons life has always had a musical soundtrack. In fact music hasnt just accompanied his life, its been an integral part of it.
In the bestselling and award-winning tradition of This Boy, In My Life vividly transports us to a world that is no longer with us - a world of Dansettes and jukeboxes, of heartfelt love songs and heart-broken ballads, of smoky coffee shops and dingy dance halls. From Bob Dylan to David Bowie, from Lonnie Donnegan to Bruce Springsteen, all of Alans favourites are here. As are, of course, his beloved Beatles, whom he has worshipped with undying admiration since 1963.
But this isnt just a book about music. In My Life adds a fourth dimension to the story of Alan Johnson the man.
In My Life A Music Memoir
Supermarket worker, postman, union official, father of three. Dansettes, dancehalls, smoky pubs, rock-n-roll West London. There are two sides to Alan Johnson. His love affair with pop music blossomed alongside the music itself, which exploded into being in the mids and came to embody the iconoclastic spirit of a new era. In this memoir, Alan looks back at his pursuit of rock stardom through the music that accompanied it — on vinyl, cassette tape or blasting from the stages of the Marquee club in Soho or the Wimbledon Palais; the sounds of Chuck Berry and Lonnie Donegan , of the Yardbirds and Dylan , of Bowie, Elvis Costello and Springsteen.
HAD TS Eliot come of age in the s rather than half a century earlier chances are he would have measured out his life not with coffee spoons but with hit records. Alan Johnson, a postman who metamorphosed into a politician, was born in and is thus a child of the golden era of rock and roll.
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Review: In My Life: A Music Memoir, by Alan Johnson