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I LOVE HIM That s my review. The fact is, I liked Blur a lot before I read this book The problem isn t so much that it is badly written it s not it is about how it made me feel as a reader We usually read these type of books to gain an insight into the artist not to have our faces rubbed in their wealth Alex James chooses to largely gloss over the Blur stuff I ve often suspected the band was driven by Albarn and Coxon anyway and instead continually boasts about the life of luxury that he has led Popular musicians can also become very wealthy, I get that, and I love a rock and roll excess story as much as the next guy but in this case, it is page after page of namedropping of famous friends, exclusive clubs for the wealthy, luxury hotels, even a toe curling section on his love and knowledge of vintage champagne spoiler alert most people reading this book could never afford it , the buying of aeroplanes and so on and so on It can become irksome and, worse still for the reader boring My hope now is that as my memory of the book fades, my love of Blur will gradually return as I put my faith in the other three who haven t written books yet. @READ EBOOK ⛅ Bit of a Blur ⚢ 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 Eventful Life But As Bass Player Of Blur One Of The Most Successful British Bands Of All Time His Journey Was 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 Efternin drinkin it does ye in but ye cannae fuckin beat it Francis Begbie in Porno by Irvine WelshEfternin drinkin, as it happens, is the reason I bought this book see previous review And the principal reason my memory of the first few chapters is a wee bit hazy I have the feeling a young Alex James would have approved though.I went to university with the express purpose of meeting a boy who looked like Alex James floppy dark fringe, cheekbones to slice cheese ooh, James would probably approve of that metaphor too obviously my 17 year old crush is still alive and well and a big, cushiony pair of lips I don t know where all the Alex James lookalikes were in 1994 Glasgow, probably the place I d escaped from but they certainly weren t in Aberdeen Not even any Jonny Greenwoods like a serious and intense older brother of James Small aside the rare pictures of Greenwood smiling, and James not, are far attractive than their far familiar brooding stare and imbecilic grin, respectively The closest I met was James, one of the guys who lived in the university flat downstairs from us, who used to play the bassline from Girls Boys ad infinitum Sadly, neither his looks nor his bass playing skills came close to those of his famous namesake I used to play the tape of Parklife louder just to drown him out.This book zips along at an entertaining pace and, although blatantly self centred, is refreshingly free of either the I m so not worthy false modesty or whiny my incredible talent is sooo overshadowed by my fame extremes commonly found in autobiographies He accepts things for what they are and does his best to wring every last piece of enjoyment out of them, just to soak it all up again He does admit that other people suffered because of this attitude, but it doesn t seem to trouble his conscience too much Which probably makes him a prize tosser But does make for a fun read. EXCELLENT rock bio.Alex s writing style reminds me of Anthony Bourdain He s a great storyteller and you can hear his voice while reading his words.I really enjoyed how the stories were very short it felt like having a long conversation with a friend about many things, rather than a stuffy, overly researched history of events.The stories about Blur s first North American tour, about Alex s love life and about meeting other celebrities like Damian Hurst were especially entertaining.I would recommend this whether you re a fan of Blur or not, as it doesn t go too deep into the music The stories are just so well written that I could not imagine anyone not enjoying this This was actually a lot nicer than expected mainly because I didn t know Alex James is such a good writer I would give it 3 and a half stars if I could It s obviously recommended to those who like liked Blur, but it s a nice book in its own right It gives you insight on Britain in the 90s, and since I spent a lot of my 90s there it was clearly interesting for me I have the impression I would have found Alex James a terribly annoying character if I met him a ffew years ago his 2.0 version of himself as a Cheesemaker and a dad seems a lot friendlier On the whole, it s a light, entertaining book that you will read in a few days I also agree with some other readers here who write it s a book brimming with optimism, wonder for what the world can offer and gratitude and awareness of being a lucky person I actually underlined lots of passages I agree with I think I found these qualities most refreshing, especially at a time like now Lovely read oh, and now even than before I need to go to a dune desert. I adored this book, but then I am one of the biggest Blur fans to grace the planet That aside this is a very good book It s entertaining, action packed and witty Yes it s fairly shallow, but it s a lot of fun I Always enjoy hearing about that transition that all successful bands seem to make from living in grotty flats and drinking all the time to touring the world drinking all the time For a musician Alex James is a great writer with a very clever turn of phrase. I reading a Rolling Stone article listing the 25 best rock memoirs and this book was on the list so I checked it out from the library I m not a Blur fan though I did really like that Boys Girls song when it came out I just felt it would be interesting to read about this time period in music I ve read a lot of rock memoirs but realized most of the British ones I ve read are acts from the 60s 70s Alex James is my age so it seemed like a good idea to get this book Well, I must say it started out horribly I had no idea what he was talking about don t know about many towns in England and what their reps are, don t know about British tv, magazines, stores etc He seemed to be randomly bringing up people that he rode the school bus with, neighbors, friends of friends etc with no rhyme or reason Also, his writing style and tone were so twee pretentious yet simple minded, like he d been dropped on the head as a baby It was like a parody of Hemingway I went to the store The store was big My neighbor Fred was there Fred has a sister who walks with a limp etc I started to wonder about who wrote that Rolling Stone list.However, I am very glad I persevered with the book I think at the beginning Alex was attempting to write like he was a naive child teen Gradually the tone style of the writing changed he seemed less idiotic Also, I think I got used to his voice Similar to when I read Patti Smith s memoir at the beginning of her book she seemed so arty farty pretentious but then I started to like her way of looking at things Same with Alex.The memoir is less about the band and about Alex If I was a big Blur fan, this memoir would have made me angry He does not go into a great amount of detail about anything in regards to the band The fact that the guitarist left the band acrimoniously was totally glossed over Thank goodness for Google I had to keep looking up things that Alex would barely mention in order to understand what the heck was going on He wrote a bit about recording the albums writing the songs but not much As for the parts about the tour, it was all anecdotes about partying sex with random women He does explain this lack of detail about the machinations of how the band worked by saying he felt his job was to be a wild rock star wild rock stars do not concern themselves with things like contracts and schedules.He certainly was good at the wild rock star bit He was a hopeless drunk for years and years Also did cocaine He talks less about coke than he does booze but it is apparent when you read between the lines how much coke he had to have been doing Booze coke go together like peanut butter jelly He would go on multiple day benders with no sleep You can t do that on booze alone I was quite impressed with this story of a 4 day bender in NYC He flew there from London with nothing but his passport wallet No suitcase, no hotel reservation He just floated from crazy situation to crazy situation, losing his shoes in the process He has lots of stories like that.His social circle was surprising to me In most rock memoirs I have read, the rock star hangs out with roadies, security guys, strippers, porn stars, groupies, drug dealers etc Of course, they also hang out with other famous people too but usually other musicians Alex James was part of the posh jet set The type of people who have their photo in Tatler A lot of them I had to google since they were famous in the UK and Europe than here He drank at private clubs 5 star hotels mansions castles He palled about with artists politicians writers scientists aristocrats supermodels billionaire businessmen Nary a porn star mentioned.Even though he spent a dozen years being flaky loaded, Alex manages to land on his feet Suddenly he decides to stop drinking and get a personal trainer and get his shit together Why Who knows Alex is not terribly introspective in the book doesn t reveal many personal things He breaks up with his long suffering girlfriend immediately jumps into a new relationship with a woman he promptly marries has babies with Hooo boy, I bet his ex girlfriend had many drunken conversations with her girlfriends trying to figure that out I stick with him for years while he is constantly high cheating on me As soon as he gets sober he dumps me marries this other woman moves to an estate in the Cotswolds has babies Oh boy I feel bad for her He buys the aforementioned estate in the Cotswolds, becomes a country gentleman who makes artisan cheeses has 5 kids Happily ever after I m not sure what audience this memoir is directed to There aren t a lot of details about Blur And most people aren t odd like me read random musician s memoirs Yet it is a good memoir Maybe if you just go into it as reading a non famous person s memoir, you ll be pleasantly surprised. So.Much.Fun.I can t remember when a book last left me with such a sense of undiluted joy Alex James is clearly one of those people who is extroverted, optimistic, spontaneous and naturally lucky, and the tone of the book is infectious He has enthusiasm and curiosity about pretty much everywhere he goes and everything he does, whilst seeing his 1990s excesses through older, wiser eyes it s lovely to find such positivity combined with self awareness and intelligence It seems that he rarely did stuff or hung out with people because it was supposed to be cool he unwittingly stumbled across them and genuinely really liked them This is friendly, funny and often aphoristic writing and it s really nice to see someone uncynically making the most of life, whether it s debauchery or geeking out over science Heck, I probably don t know enough optimists I will definitely be looking out for his newspaper and magazine columns in future and I ll bet this isn t the last time I ll read Bit of a Blur As one of the cover quotes says, this book is excellent company It can make you feel inspired to go to somewhere new, or finally throw yourself into some unusual interest you ve pondered But the slightly dazed simplicity of expression and tangential wit probably the effects of years of booze and drugs and the sense of looking back on a younger, wilder past, meant that the book also felt like it was on the right wavelength when I read the first few chapters earlier this year when quite ill, dizzy and without the energy for any projects.Of course, one of the other reasons the book seems quite so magical is that Blur were the band of my teens This is life on the other side of the stories in NME and Melody Maker, inside the London Britpop scene where we dreamed of hanging out and the middle chapters are chock full with references that sent a shiver down my spine. Alex James reckons bass players in bands are cool, most of the bass players I ve ever even noticed on stage have hidden behind everyone else Although Alex James seemingly set out to be the coolest bass player rock roll has ever known he goes on to prove with a brilliant anecdote about the bass player from Coldplay the competition hasn t been that strong.From the opening lines I was impressed with his ability to write, weaving together a series of interesting and entertaining anecdotes with an infectious enthusiasm, granted if you can t have enthusiasm for your subject when you re writing about yourself you may as well give up writing altogether, but James is erudite and witty and incredibly frank about his occasionally abhorrent behaviour I was enamoured from the start and James and obviously a great editor didn t let me down, becoming, by quite some margin, my favourite autobiography biography that I ve ever picked up.Blur came to my attention at that most impressionable time in my life, I was eleven and my favourite family member, who I thought was infinitely cool, was talking about how amazing this band called Blur were and he played me one of their songs As soon as I had saved up enough pocket money I went straight out and bought their album on cassette Yeah it was that long ago, I hadn t even heard of CD And for the next twenty years if anybody asked me to name my favourite bands Blur would be in there no matter how my tastes changed over time Blur, Pulp, Britpop in general, they have a special place in my heart So when I recently got back in to the band, revisiting my youth in some ways, this book was always going to get read however it is not one of those biographies that only reward people already familiar with the subject, so rarely does it touch on the ins and outs of Blur as a band, instead focussing on the human experience of somebody catapulted from reading French at Goldsmith s to international superstardom via the artistic medium of music.Alex James, whilst being a drunken rockstar celebrity was, and still is, in the shadow of his much famous frontman and frontmen in general Albarn, Cocker and The Gallagher s could never have written this book, they may well write fascinating autobiographies in time but Bit of a Blur is the work of somebody who was allowed to live in the shadow, even slightly, and it is far interesting because of it At no point are you left with the impression that the author is concerned about their legacy, immortality, rectifying perceived sleights, politics, muckraking and scandal, it is simply the memories of how he became famous and how he reacted to his dreams coming true.The infectious and casual nature of the prose leaves you feeling like you re tagging along on one of his many, many nights of debauchery with his famous and not so famous friends, to the point that you worry when you put the book down that you ll miss some crazy antic whilst you re away Now THAT is impressive storytelling that 99% of fiction authors could do with learning Whilst at the same time he skips ALL of the boring bits that bog down most biographies without getting caught in the trap of going in to explicit detail about EVERY LAST THING that ever happened to him, cramming pre record deal Seymour in to two chapters thankfully and spending a mere 200 pages on the following 20 years of his life The title is apt and not just a clever play on the name of his most famous music project.I recently saw the Blur documentary No Distance Left To Run and in it Graham Coxon credited this book as being the major catalyst behind the band putting their differences behind them and getting back together A reward much greater than being named book of the year by NME or being reprinted four times within a year of being published.