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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: Little Brown Books Group (Juni 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0316029955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316029957
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 15,2 x 22,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 594.864 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'Alex James is a witty, engaging guide to the mad goings-on behind the scenes of Britpop. Blur's bassist famously estimates that he blew around GBP1m on champagne and cocaine during the Nineties. Here's how.' INDEPENDENT 'Bright, passionate . . . James writes with wit and flair' TIME OUT *'The definitive guide to Britpop . . . this effervescent memoir emerges as the most fascinating, as well as hilarious, document to date of those times' OBSERVER 'Guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye - in a good way ' ELLE 'A mischievous romp through Nineties excess from the eye of that peaceful decade's most inventive pop band' EVENING STANDARD 'For anyone seeking confirmation that being a pop star is the best job going, dive in' Q 'A dreamy, witty spin on his life as a supremely debauched rock star . . . James's inquisitive nature makes him eminently and continuously likeable' GUARDIAN 'James is more than happy to reveal the nitty-gritty in a surprisingly honest and almost humble way . . . you get a really good sense of what it was like being him, of finally being in the right place at the right time and hell-bent on having a blast' DAILY MIRROR

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For Alex James, music had always been a door to a more exciting life: a way to travel, meet new people and, hopefully, pick up girls. But as bass player of Blur - one of the most successful British bands of all time - his journey was more exciting and extreme than he could ever have predicted. Success catapulted him from a slug-infested squat in Camberwell to a world of private jets and world-class restaurants. As 'the second drunkest member of the world's drunkest band' life was always chaotic, but Alex James retained a boundless enthusiasm and curiosity at odds with his hedonistic lifestyle. From nights in the Groucho with Damien Hirst, to dancing to Sister Sledge with Bjork, to being bitten on the nose by the lead singer of Iron Maiden, he offers a fascinating and hilarious insight into the world of celebrity. At its heart, however is the picaresque tale of one man's search to find meaning in an increasingly surreal world. Pleasingly unrepentant but nonetheless a reformed man, Alex James is the perfect chronicler of his generation - witty, observant, frank and brimming with joie de vivre. BIT OF A BLUR is as charming, funny and deliciously disreputable as its author.

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Janus am 21. September 2010
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Alex James hat seine Biografie geschrieben.
Für mich war es ein Fest, diese zu lesen. Da er der Grund ist, weshalb ich selbst mit dem Bassspiel angefangen habe, freute ich mich schon, mehr über die elektrisierenden 90er-Britpop-Jahre in London zu erfahren.
Dass James mittlerweile ein anerkannter britischer Journalist geworden ist, merkt man schon auf den ersten Seiten. Man freut sich mit jeder weiteren Seite mehr über seinen flotten, lustigen, klugen und selbstironischen Schreibstil, mit dem er seine Kindheit, seine Ansichten über Musik, natürlich seine Karriere als Popstar (inklusive dem stürmischen Privatleben) und, überraschender Weise, seine Leidenschaft für's Fliegen und die Beteiligung an den Beagle-Marsmissionen erklärt.
Auch wenn viele Episoden seines Lebens nach außen hin etwas dandyhaft und teilweise recht arrogant wirken, beschreibt er sie doch so smypathisch und offen, dass man ihm fast nichts davon übel nehmen kann.
Dass er in seiner Hochphase eine verrückte und exklusive Künstlerclique um sich scharte, die unter anderem aus dem erfolgreichsten Künstler der letzten 15 Jahre, Damien Hirst, und Keith Allen, dem High Society-Tausendsassa und Vater von Lily Allen, bestand, verwundert da kaum.
Auch sein heutiges Landleben in den Cotswolds beschreibt er so schön, dass man fast selbst dazu verführt ist, sich um jeden Preis dort einen Bauernhof unter den Nagel zu reissen. Dass Lily Allen nun auch dorthin gezogen ist, scheint wohl ebenso nicht von ungefähr zu kommen.
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Apt Title, mostly enjoyable apart from a few irrelevant excursions 20. März 2011
Von C. D. White - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
As an American Blur fan, I am pretty unfamiliar with the 4 personalities within Blur. Since they have never been huge over here I have not been bombarded with press about them. So, the vague impressions I had of the bassist were that he was a life of the party archetypal rock star. This impression is fleshed out in his autobiography. His personality comes through as he relays what it was like to be in one of the biggest bands in the world through the 90s. And a major plus about this book is that it isn't bogged down with too much back story of his life as a child...just enough to give you a taste of where he came from. But that brevity is somewhat of a double edged sword because he also gives only cursory recollections of the recording process of Blur's music. As a fan of the band I felt a little short changed by that. Make no mistake though he does talk about it to some degree but not as much as I would have liked (for instance I don't recall him even mentioning "The Universal" much less go into detail about it). He does however go on at length about French literature, space travel, and flying among other topics that I could really take or leave. This is not to say that I only want to read about his musical ventures, but when entire chapters are devoted to these aforementioned other topics, wading through it does get a bit trying.

That being said, all in all this was an enjoyable read for someone interested in Blur. James is witty and recalls things with a style that will put a smile on your face as you read what it was/is like to be in Blur whether it's in front a mass of adoring people in Sweden or walking through a snake infested wilderness in Montana. His personal insight into his other bandmates; Damon, Graham and Dave is also even keeled and gives you a more well-rounded perspective than any outside source could. Also, his observations on the nature of celebrity are quite eye opening.

I would recommend this to any fan of the band curious to get an up close and personal account of the band. However for those wanting to read a book that concentrates mostly on the musical output of the band I would recommend reading Blur: 3862 Days: The Official History first.
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Great book but changed my view of the author 5. Mai 2012
Von A. Bazin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I'm a huge Blur fan, I have been since the height of the Blur vs Oasis episodes during my teens. This book charts the formation of the band through to almost the present day from the point of view of Alex James, the band's bass player. For a music autobiography it's surprisingly well written, highlighting the more literate nature of Blur compared to many of their contemporaries. What I was surprised by is how much of a git (Amazon censored my original choice of adjective) Alex James appears to have been, sure he puts a funny and lighthearted gloss on it, but at the end of the day I respect and admire him a little bit less than before I read the book.
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Shatteringly clever! 8. Januar 2013
Von K. Mckenna - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
In the past year, I have read auto bio's by Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Steven Tyler, Tommy James and Walter Yetnikov, and none can come close to Alex James and his escapades. So cleverly written and wildly fun, you have to read 3 times before you can put it down. Maybe it's because he is unapologetic about being a complete buffoon but that makes the book more honest then the others, but I enjoyed this book immensely.
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So disappointed 3. Dezember 2013
Von J.E. Beal - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I am a tremendous Blur fan and was anxious to get a look into the workings of what I consider to be one of the most talented bands to have recorded. With this book I got the pretentious rambling of a man who, despite being an extraordinary bass player, is so full of himself and all the things his money can buy and the general consumption of everything except music that I found the book unbearable. I was expecting something this book wasn't--I have absolutely no interest in James' interest in astrology, flight, alcohol, Fat Les, Damien Hirst, or his life outside of Blur. I wanted to read about the construction of some of the best pop music ever made, not his palatial country house (after reading this, I'm not entirely sure "Country House" wasn't written about him.). James comes off as a snobbish bore whom I like less for having read this book. He should thank whatever God he believes in (and my guess is the author's God is named Alex James) that he was lucky enough to be in a band with Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn. So disappointed.
A fun, decadent and glamorous ride 11. Juni 2014
Von Captain Jack - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Alex James' autobiography captures the cosmopolitan life that Blur afforded him. We learn about the creation of the band, how some of their songs were created, success, touring - and of course - whoring and drugging. And then it gets really interesting when they become superstars in Britain. James then begins to go to art shows and hangs out at exclusive clubs.

Of course, it's not all superficial glitz. He's quite honest with the way his cheating hurts his long-suffering girlfriend. And he reflects on other things besides stardom and relationships. What fun it was to get his take as he traveled the world! He and Damon hang out in Iceland and James makes the place seem magical. His adventures in Latin America are fun as well. However, he doesn't just write about these places as some cool hipper-than-thou traveler; James recalls the magic of these places.

His other interests are pleasant surprises as well - especially when he writes about how he develops them.

Alex James is a typical rock star in many ways, yet he's refreshingly unique with his wide-eyed interest in the world. And the fact that he wrote this himself - unlike most famous "authors" - is cool too.
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