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Jarvis Cocker

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Jarvis CockerJarvis Cocker was born in Sheffield. He formed the band Arabacus Pulp when he was just 15.

A later incarnation of the band was renamed simply Pulp, but despite the accolade of a Peel Session in 1981, it wasn't until the rise of Britpop and the albums His 'n' Hers (2004) and Different Class (2005) that the band found mainstream success. The band went on a seven-year hiatus while Cocker released two solo albums and collaborated with numerous other artists, before Pulp returned to the stage in 2010.

Cocker curated the 2007 Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre. He had roles in a number of films including Fantactic Mr Fox and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He has made regular television appearances, including his own arts series for Channel 4, Journeys into the Outside, and presents Sunday Service on BBC Radio 6 Music. He is Editor-at-Large for the Faber & Faber, who published Mother, Brother, Lover, a selection of lyrics from throughout his career.

 

As the Guest Author opening the Music Department in our new Charing Cross Road flagship store, Jarvis Cocker shares some of his favourite books with us.

Author photo © Rankin


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'It's impossible to write about music' - I once began an interview with a music journalist with this statement. He probably thought that I was being wilfully confrontational but I was really trying to sympathise with his position of trying to define something that can never be adequately defined due to its essential nature. It's nothing to do with the skill of the writer - it's just an enterprise that is always doomed to failure. Sorry. That said, there have been some pretty noble failures...

 


In addition to the titles below, Jarvis picked Liverpool Explodes by Mark Cooper, a book that is, regrettably, out of print. Jarvis wrote:

Before he became responsible for Later... and the bulk of the BBC's music output, Mark Cooper wrote this affectionate & hilarious account of the early 1980s music scene in Liverpool & specifically the careers of The Teardrop Explodes and Echo and the Bunnymen. Unfortunately out of print at the mo.... You could console yourself by reading 45 by Bill Drummond which features some of the same characters. (And is also an immense book in its own right).


 

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Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom
(Paperback)
Nik Cohn
 
The original title for this book was 'Pop From the Beginning' and that pretty much sums it up. Nik Cohn was only just out of his teens when he wrote it & it's the best book to read if you want to get some idea of the original, primal energy of pop music. Loads of unfounded, biased assertions that almost always turn out to be right. He went on to provide the inspiration for 'Saturday Night Fever' (Hurrah!) & 'Tommy' (Boo!) but this is still his best book. Absolutely essential.
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Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson...
(Paperback)
Tove Jansson
Specifically the story called 'The Spring Tune' - the best description I've read about the elusive nature of the tunes that we carry around in our heads & how we must be careful as to how & when we try to 'harvest' them. All songwriters need to read this story.
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The Favourite Game
(Paperback)
Leonard Cohen
 
We all know Leonard Cohen is The Don: perhaps the ONLY true musician/poet/novelist ever. This is his first novel and there is a great section where he describes driving through the Canadian night listening to Pat Boone singing 'I Almost Lost My Mind' which totally captures the essence of teenage years and their infatuation with all things Rock.
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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
(Paperback)
Carson McCullers; Kasia Boddy
I ripped this off royally for the song 'Big Julie' from my first solo album. The description of Mick Kelly hearing Beethoven's 3rd symphony for the first time, whilst hiding beneath a neighbour's window & eavesdropping on their radio, is still the only piece of writing I've found that comes close to describing the effect that a great piece of music has on the human organism. The rest of the book isn't bad either...
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Mingering Mike: The Amazing Career of...
(Paperback)
Dori Hader; Neil Strauss
 
This is the place where Outsider Art and Record Collecting meet: one day a DJ was 'crate-digging' - searching through piles of old vinyl in search of hidden treasures - when he discovered a cache of hand-made covers with cardboard 'records' inside. Mingering Mike had finally been discovered! Mingering Mike was the alter-ego of Mike Stevens and this book tells his story and reproduces the handmade artwork of the albums that comprised his imaginary career as a soul superstar.
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The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics
(Paperback)
John Aldridge
 
The first music book I was ever aware of - I spent hours of my childhood poring over the illustrations: some scared me, some turned me on, I was convinced that the photo that accompanies 'Strawberry Fields Forever' was of me and my sister. I still get lost in it sometimes.
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Enjoy the Experience: Homemade ...
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Johan Kugelberg; Gregg Turkington;...
 
Another Outsider experience: a collection of sleeves from 'private-press' albums dating from the 50s through to the 90s. For a price, anyone could have their album pressed on vinyl and housed in a sleeve of their own design. The results are often hilarious - but, in conjunction with the download links to some of the music featured on the records - you will be introduced to a raw, unfiltered mode of expression often missing from commercial releases. Enjoy indeed.
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