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Bit of a Blur (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/7/3
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I was the Fool-king of Soho and the number-one slag in the Groucho Club, the second drunkest member of the world's drunkest band. This was no disaster, though. It was a dream coming true.'
For Alex James, music had always been a door to a more eventful life. But as bass player of Blur - one of the most successful British bands of all time - his journey was more exciting and extreme than he could ever have predicted. In Bit of a Blur he chronicles his journey from a slug-infested flat in Camberwell to a world of screaming fans and private jets - and his eventual search to find meaning and happiness (and, perhaps most importantly, the perfect cheese), in an increasingly surreal world.
*'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
Bright, passionate . . . James writes with wit and flair―TIME OUT
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 £1m on champagne and cocaine during the Nineties. Here's how.―INDEPENDENT
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That being said, all in all this was an enjoyable read for someone interested in Blur. James is witty and recalls things with a style that will put a smile on your face as you read what it was/is like to be in Blur whether it's in front a mass of adoring people in Sweden or walking through a snake infested wilderness in Montana. His personal insight into his other bandmates; Damon, Graham and Dave is also even keeled and gives you a more well-rounded perspective than any outside source could. Also, his observations on the nature of celebrity are quite eye opening.
I would recommend this to any fan of the band curious to get an up close and personal account of the band. However for those wanting to read a book that concentrates mostly on the musical output of the band I would recommend reading Blur: 3862 Days: The Official History first.
Of course, it's not all superficial glitz. He's quite honest with the way his cheating hurts his long-suffering girlfriend. And he reflects on other things besides stardom and relationships. What fun it was to get his take as he traveled the world! He and Damon hang out in Iceland and James makes the place seem magical. His adventures in Latin America are fun as well. However, he doesn't just write about these places as some cool hipper-than-thou traveler; James recalls the magic of these places.
His other interests are pleasant surprises as well - especially when he writes about how he develops them.
Alex James is a typical rock star in many ways, yet he's refreshingly unique with his wide-eyed interest in the world. And the fact that he wrote this himself - unlike most famous "authors" - is cool too.