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Alex James is the bass player with Blur. He is also a Visiting Scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Europe's largest space research facility. He lives with his wife and children in the Cotswolds.
James, bass player of the British group Blur--which rose to stratospheric fame in Britain and had varying degrees of success worldwide in the 1990s--has penned a roguish portrait of his hedonistic and compelling life that also illuminates the music and art worlds of the time. James recounts his childhood in middle-class England and the early years of Blur with tales of touring and promotional jaunts. As success and fame increase, his bustling social life takes center stage and is rendered with bons mots on topics ranging from art and travel to astronomy and cheese that illustrate a pleasure in discovery and an unabashed joy in living. James's amiable storytelling of a wild life lived without remorse concludes with the portrait of a man who has ultimately achieved stability and contentment. Fans of Brit pop and music of the 1990s will find this essential reading, but it should also appeal to those who appreciate popular culture, as James's writing transcends the traditional music memoir with freshness, humor, and pithy social observation. Recommended for larger public libraries.--Jim Collins, Morristown-Morris Twp. P.L., NJ Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
'Alex James is a witty, engaging guide to the mad goings-on behind the scenes of Britpop. Blur's bassist famously estimates that he blew around GBP1m on champagne and cocaine during the Nineties. Here's how.' INDEPENDENT 'Bright, passionate ... James writes with wit and flair' TIME OUT *'The definitive guide to Britpop ... this effervescent memoir emerges as the most fascinating, as well as hilarious, document to date of those times' OBSERVER 'Guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye - in a good way ' ELLE 'A mischievous romp through Nineties excess from the eye of that peaceful decade's most inventive pop band' EVENING STANDARD 'For anyone seeking confirmation that being a pop star is the best job going, dive in' Q 'A dreamy, witty spin on his life as a supremely debauched rock star ... James's inquisitive nature makes him eminently and continuously likeable' GUARDIAN 'James is more than happy to reveal the nitty-gritty in a surprisingly honest and almost humble way ... you get a really good sense of what it was like being him, of finally being in the right place at the right time and hell-bent on having a blast' DAILY MIRROR