In Bit of a Blur he recounts his experiences living through the madness of Britpop, detailing both the pleasures and perils of fame. 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.
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.
©2007 Alex James; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
It took a little while to get used to Alex James' narration (and it sounded like it took him a while to get into reading without sounding self-conscious) but about 20 minutes in I started enjoying this very much.
While there is a smattering of cliche and purple prose there is much genuine humour (of the laugh outloud kind). It's an amazing insight into the kind of lifestyle 99.9% of us will never experience but can now enjoy by proxy.
Very funny perspective from a guy too smart for the music business but just drunk enough to indulge anyway.
Captures a weird and wonderful time in British music when every band proclaimed themselves to be ordained by God as the greatest....and some of them were pretty close.
Great cast of famous characters in precarious situations...I'm sure the author made lots of enemies with this one.
"Surprised at my disappoinment"
I love Alex James, and I love his voice. I have this book in paperback, but when I saw it on audible and that it was narrated by him I had to get it. Thus my audible gold membership happened (and I'm now enjoying so many books!)
I was disappointed however, I knew the book was abridged, but I thought really good parts were left out, but the most shocking fact however was Alex James as a narrator.
I had always pictured he'd nail it - narrating a book, and especially his own, but I found myself getting annoyed at the pace and the straight forward narration. I'm sorry, I adore you Alex, but this surprised me.
It has a bit of fan value I guess, other than that, I'd go for the paperback.
"This was great"
I missed the Blur years by quite a bit. I knew the song, "Coffee and TV" and the milk carton video, but that's it. I was going to give this book 4 stars because it won't change your life, but I'll give it five because it was so much fun.
"Fun but short, too short"
Too short, was ok while it lasted. Narration was fairly good, always nice to be in the authors voice. Good for Blur fans
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