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Lost in Music

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'If you have ever watched a band play or bought a pop record you should read this book' John Peel
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 10th 2000 by Picador USA (first published January 1st 1987)
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Enjoyable, if dated, memoir by a music obsessive

This is the second book I have read by a member of The Cleaners From Venus in the space of a few weeks. Following on from the excellent "This Little Ziggy" by Martin Newell, I was keen to read this book (which covers completely different territory).

It's a very enjoyable read. A combination of personal memoir, the confessions of a pop music obsessive, and the diary of a failed pop star. I suspect it was inspired by Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch and adop...more
Any book whose back cover soundbite reviews exhort me to "laugh out loud" tends to strenthen my resolve not to, but I did exhale a few chuckles here.

Despite it being very different, in emphasis and structure, to Nick Hornby's '31 Songs', I can't help but compare them. And there were a few moments that felt a bit, er, familiar, which doesn't reflect well on Hornby, his musical memoir being written nearly a decade after Smith's. But I put this down to their being of a similar age and thus the same...more
I found myself really wanting to enjoy this book, but skimming a lot of pages instead. It was just too much like Smith'd written down his inner chats for his own enjoyment without consideration for the enjoyment of the reader. His book read like the stories i create in my head to fill in slow moments; you know the ones when we re-live our past like we're telling it to an interviewer. But i don't need to turn this inner story telling into a book to know they are mainly only of interest to me and...more
May 11, 2014 Jimmy added it
Oh, I just loved this! Even the parts I didn't like I loved. Long live the wonderful agony of being a hopeless fan of anything.
Kevin Coaker
Dated but still interesting. Just not amusing, and a tad ripping off Fever Pitch and High Fidelity.
Well written and the chapters are on average four pages long, so it's easy reading.

Worth noting it was published 1995 contemporary to High Fidelity.

I have to compare this to Mark Steel's [Book: Reasons To Be Cheerful] because I bought them second-hand at the same time (at Amazon's recommendation). Both are charming autobiographies of youth set against greater events (politics and pop) and naive but unfaltering determination to influence them, ultimately debriefed by an older cynical self.
Giles Smith is a superb sportswriter and I have read both his books of sports articles and his current writing in the Times. This is slightly different as its his life story in music. Giles clearly was on the cusp of stardom with his group but it just didn't quite happen. He claims in the book that he gets around 32p twice a year from royalties. This book also covers his joy of record buying and the whole area of vinyl and CD. All in all a nice easy read
Matti Karjalainen
Jos pidit Nick Hornbyn "Uskollisesta äänentoistosta", niin siinä tapauksessa kannattaa tutustua myös Giles Smithin kirjaan, joka kertoo lämpimän humoristisesti musiikkiriippuvuudesta ja kirjailijan suhteesta XTC:n kaltaisiin yhtyeisiin ja omaan, vähän heikosti tuulta alleen ottavaan bänditouhuun.
I did enjoy this book - the musical references resonated so deeply with me

But I was left feeling that I'd not had the full story. It was very readable, but left me wanting more. Sometimes a good thing, but not in this instance, for me personally
The funniest music book I've read. Captures the absurd, geeky joy of rock fandom with an intimate precision that can only come from deep personal experience. If you enjoyed "High Fidelity" (the book, not the movie), you'll adore this.
This book reminded me of a lot of my friends and their university days. A nice fun read. The author has a great sense of humour.
Read it and laugh out loud! Essential reading for those whose pop muic addiction spanned the 70s and 80s.
Jul 26, 2011 Claire added it
Funny, nostalgic and oh-so-true confessions of a pop music addict.
If you liked High Fidelity, you'll dig this as well.
Jonathan Dennis
Read his other stuff instead.
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