Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star by Tracey Thorn*
Although her and Ben, aka; EBTG were not part of my musical youth (I’m more of an old blues girl, growing up with the John Lee Hooker, The Beatles, Dusty and Motown) the soundtrack of the 80s were for me, not a high point – however, along with Annie Lennox it was always a joy to hear Tracey Thorn sing. She has written an evocative and intelligent memoir of being part of a music industry that was migrating from where she considered her musical roots were based. We see her strive to write and record material that she wrote from the heart and being very politically aware, support causes that this decade became legendary for. Let’s qualify this; by saying she was not a fan of Mrs Thatcher. Each chapter in the book is preceded by one of Tracey’s songs which inevitably makes you want to listen to her music, so I urge you, to either check your dusty shelves of CDs, or better still pay a visit to our music section on Hive and order a CD along with this book. As a bonus, Radio 4 have selected this as a Book at Bedtime which regrettably you probably won’t be able to access now but trust me this is one of the best music biographies I have read in years and if you don’t read this you’re missing a treat…the chapters about nursing Ben through his illness are heart rending.
*As nominated by Hive’s resident book guru.
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