Newest Review: ... few of his stories in this book. At times it is extremely funny, but it does have an air of the whole Britpop situation about it, being sl... more
A nice book but a bit lightweight
Bit of a Blur - Alex James
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Bit of a Blur - Alex James
Advantages: Some nice anecdotes
Disadvantages: It does drag at times
This book follows the life of Alex James, bass player in Blur, bon viveur and celebrated cheese maker. It follows James from his early life to meeting the other members of the band and their enormous success.
This book is the memories of one of the larger than life stars of Brtipop, James was renowned as a boozer and ladies man and tells quite a few of his stories in this book. At times it is extremely funny, but it does have an air of the whole Britpop situation about it, being slightly more about how things look than the emotions and reality beneath the surface.
We follow James as he grows up and see how Blur came about, however in my view the book concentrates too much on James own life and not enough on what really makes him interesting. The dynamic of the band relationship is briefly touched upon and James does appear to be one of the more calming influences in a band with some talented, spirited musicians.
For me the book is entertaining in a very gentle way, as a Blur fan I would have been more interested in the dynamic of the band relationship and what happened between Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn. While James is a talented Bassist he is better known for his wild life, however in print it sounds at times more sordid and childish than fun.
The book is big on anecdotes and James comes across as a man who enjoyed fame and its trappings and made the most of it, thankfully he now has a family and seems a big family man, but at times he comes across as a greedy, selfish pop star.
Overall it's a very honest, at times amusing book, but it is fairly lightweight and I had expected a lot more from the book if I'm being honest.
Summary: A nice book but a bit lightweight
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