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Memoirs Of A Geezer: Music, Mayhem, Life

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  110 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
"Like his bass, the lows are low and the style upfront."--"Financial Times"

"An exhilarating journey."--"Mojo"

A frank and fascinating account of a geezer's life in the music business. Jah Wobble begins by offering the most authentic insider's account of the beginning of punk rock yet. He covers the celebrated ups of his career along with the downs, both personally and profe
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2009 by Serpent's Tail
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Oct 23, 2009 Tosh rated it really liked it
Public Image Ltd has hooked me on Jah Wobble when I first heard “Public Image”. Johnny (Lydon) Rotten’s band right after the Sex Pistols. Punk was moving to another world, and Wobble and his bass was taking me to another part of the neighborhood. Also being aware of the visuals of the bands and artists (which for me is extremely important), Wobble had a great look. A two-day beard, a suit, and strong facial features. He also seemed to have a wild sense of humor.
30 years later he wrote his first
Mark Love
Jun 03, 2010 Mark Love rated it really liked it
Jah Wobble is a geezer. It's official. He was there, he did it, he did it some more, and he lived to tell the tale, and it's quite a tale.

From his schooldays with Johnny Rotten, through punk, post-punk (with Public Image Limited) and beyond it's a story of booze, drugs, fights, japes, more booze and always the deepest sonic basslines.

The writing isn't great, but the scenes he invoke are - especially from the perspective of his sober and spiritual middle-aged self (with wry reflections inserted i
Aug 03, 2011 Edmole rated it did not like it
This is a good read, but Jah Wobble is a MASSIVE twat. Throughout the book he comes across as boorish, insecure, selfish, violent, unpleasant and pretentious, while continually accusing other people of being those things. He makes pathetic retractions of his awful behaviour which make it much worse. He has been disowned by his two daughters from his first marriage and you can see why.

Reminds me of the sort of awful men who start fights outside pubs on a Friday night under false pretexts and then
Nov 08, 2009 Mark rated it it was amazing
Ok, he could have used an editor to weed out his excessive use of "To be honest" and "I have to admit." However, this doesn't get in the way of fascinating stories about PiL, London, the English class system, the music business, and Jah Wobble's rough an tumble story from wise-ass alcoholic solo performer in the 80's to sober wise-ass prolific creator of an impressive batch of work in the next 20 years. For a non-Brit, a short glossary of English slang would be helpful.
May 12, 2015 Kerri rated it liked it
I think I would have punched him too!
Oct 19, 2011 Tuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
took me awhile to really figure out what a geezer is. this book would be fairly interesting for 70s 80s 90s 00s music fans, fans of east end and london. well written and does a good job of trying to look at the big picture in music biz and not hold too many grudges, but that said, Wooble IS A RIGHT GEEZER so does not hold back calling a cunt a cunt, and mixing it up with the Bangladeshy gangs invading his neighborhood when the need arises. has some good citations to good music and other good boo ...more
Chris Lilly
Aug 28, 2012 Chris Lilly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Deeply unpleasant and trivial exercise in name-dropping and being a professional Cockernee geezah. And numerous references to David Jaymes (his ex-manager) highlight the poptastic Modern Romance and ignore the wonderful and very East End Leyton Buzzards. His thoughts on Bangladeshi gang racism taking over his East End are deeply troubling, and unrecognisable to someone who lived in Tower Hamlets at the same time.
Jan 07, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nicely written, with a lot of humorous anecdotes. Wobble doesn't dwell too much on some of the more gritty moments in regard to drug use, or Sid Vicious' death (which is not mentioned at all). Some of that's been well covered everywhere under the sun. It's interesting to gain perspective on how his career moved along it's path and how certain decisions were made.
Blake Nelson
Sep 25, 2013 Blake Nelson rated it it was amazing
Great descriptions of London and the early punk rock scene. Sid and John Lydon and the PiL days....
Dec 24, 2010 Devowasright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, biography
everything i want an autobiography to be. extremely well written, flows like a conversation, with all its little asides and branches, and the most random (and thus even funnier) splashes of wit.

Gary Shindler
Jan 18, 2011 Gary Shindler rated it liked it
The book didn't keep my interest level up throughout. I found that the most interesting parts were the PIL years. Lydon's memoir is better.
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