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Verse, Chorus, Monster!: Graham Coxon

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If he would be honest with himself and the reader, the book would come out something like 'Diary of an Oxygen Thief'. I think I'm rating this one a bit highly because I see so much of myself reflected in Graham Coxon that it's a bit scary and I have for a couple of years now.

And some of them may even be lurking inside yourself…is an intimate, honest reflection on music, fame, addiction and Art by one of Britain’s most iconic musicians”. It was a really enjoyable show that took place in a pre 'broken Britain', pre Brexit London - a city that already seems to have vanished. When Coxon talks about things that touch him, whether it be guitar pedals, painting, his road to sobriety, or motor bikes, his passion makes itself known in his writing. However, I’m genuinely pleased that he seems happy now and the book has connected me to some fantastic solo and collaborative music from him. Graham Coxon manages that with his solo work, Blur reunions and his recent memoir, Verse, Chorus, Monster!

It's commendable that Coxon is as honest as he is here, and perhaps for a man hobbled by mental illness, Coxon skims over relationships and only vaguely hints at the reasons for his relationship breakdowns as best and as comfortably as he can. Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today.

There are moments in the book when you feel he has obviously self edited to avoid getting into discussing situations that could easily open up the floodgates of negativity.Raised in Derbyshire and not rich, Coxon was particularly vexed when Blur were cast as posh southern kids to the more hardscrabble Oasis. I gained fascinating insights into Graham’s solo work which I did not know before, as well as his art, interests and spiritual beliefs. Information surfaced that Comrade Coxon was communicating with his young female fans a little closer than is considered appropriate. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Jo, ja, jag vet saker som jag inte viste förut, men dessa sakerna skapar inte en större bild på han eller han omgivning.

Graham Coxon is an affable guy and a bit self-deprecating for some but it's those creative odds that pull Blur into different directions. There is a refreshing innocence to his prose when talking, for example, about the much-maligned 12-step programme. Graham is more forthcoming when talking about other people’s music or about some of his own methods, which makes me wonder whether this banal A-Z chronological memoir was the right approach.Coxon comes across as a lovely bloke with a voracious appetite and passion for new sounds and words that I wish I could have a chat to and bond over music, films and books. Typ när han beskriver alla hans turnér och gigs, han tar aldrig upp en som stod ut som kanske sedan leder till att beskriva en viktig sak om han eller bandet eller WHATEVER. It reflects nicely on his equally loud and bombastic social life during the heyday of Blur and within its reunion, the personal highs and lows of a man whose influence and talent far exceeds the modest appraisal he presents throughout. Paul Weller från the Jam nämns också flertal gånger, vilket är gulligt med tanke på hans senaste medverkan som förband på deras Wembley gig. There are occasional appearances of the very "monsters" that any self-respecting man struggles with.

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