The Sunday Times best seller. Frank Turner narrates a searingly honest and brilliantly written account of his journey from pub circuit to Wembley Arena.
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This review comes with 2 caveats
1) I am a massive Frank Turner fan
2) I am not a fan of autobiographies in general (the only other one I have read and enjoyed was Slash's)
The road beneath my feet is a great collection of tour memories, stretching from the break up of million dead to the Wembley show in April 2012.
Each of the stories are structured around a particular show, and focus on interesting events in the run up to, or after the shows.
As someone who has been to many FT shows over the years, the stories provide a fascinating and entertaining insight to life on the road - especially if shows you attended, or your hometown are name checked!
Some of the stories are very personal, and you learn a lot about the inspiration and development of certain songs along the way - a very nice touch, I thought.
Only a couple of criticisms: occasionally Frank's narration can get a little monotone - this is rare, but more noticeable for it. Generally it is spot on.
Also, the stories stop in 2012! I think he wrote the book well after this, so I would have liked to have heard a little more (though the Wembley "finale" kind of makes sense...)
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to any Frank Turner fans and anyone who loves live music, and would like to hear a little more of the "other side" of it.
One final point - this book *will* make you want to listen to nothing but Frank Turner for as long as you're listening to it!
Brilliant read by a great, down to earth an honest guy! The way Frank talks about life on the road, going from tiny places to huge arena shows, plus playing in front of 120,000 people in 2 days supporting Green Day is just fantastic! A great insight into the life of a musician who has a great future to come!
I have a lot of time and love for Frank Turner and his music. This is a good, insightful tour diary, which made me appreciate the blood and sweat that he has put it in over hundreds of shows and countless floors slept on to get to where he is. I also really liked this because it was written entirely by Frank (no usual rock 'n roll ghostwriter), and the audiobook was read by him.
His love for music and performance is particularly affirming in his passion to remove the barrier between crowd and performer to achieve, as he puts it, a "togetherness". There are moments throughout the book where you can feel and understand what he is talking about. I've been to so many gigs of other bands where the barrier was there, but this is a great reminder of how it should be.
I would have to go with Frank Turner, seeing as the book is about him. XD
Nope. The nature of it being a tour diary is more suitable to breaking it down into sections. It's easy to pick up again, though, as you can feel momentum building through the book.
As a fan of Frank from the early days and having been to many of his shows including the 1000th show and Wembley it was an eye opener to hear about the early struggles and how hard he worked to progress yet keep his feet on the ground and remain humble to his roots and the friends who helped him along the way
The book is all diary entries from shows rather than a biography so it doesn't have that arrogance that some bios have. Interesting to read about all the tours and shows, bust ups and near misses. Frank is a genuine and humble guy and it really comes across here. Thoroughly enjoyed listening on a long 8 hour road trip!
I really enjoyed this book. I'll say up front I'm a big Frank Turner fan. He tells a compelling story of life on the road, from the toilet circuit to eventual success. Fans will enjoy learning how various songs came about and the people behind them. Those an interest in music (or perhaps, rather, musicians) will likely find the story a great read, with insights into a world I knew little about. It's worth mentioning the high quality of the narration. Despite it being his own words he doesn't indulge himself and has a really pleasant unobtrusive delivery that let's you draw your own conclusions from the words he's written. I'm off to see his show at the weekend and can't wait.
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