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  • By: Giles Smith
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Lost in Music

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Narrated by: Giles Smith
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'In the Spring of 1989, shortly after my twenty-seventh birthday, as I stood in the sleet at a bus stop in Colchester, it dawned on me that I had probably, all things considered, failed in my mission to become Sting. At least, for the time being.'

Lost in Music is about growing up with pop music - about hearing it, buying it, loving it, and attempting to play it in public for money. A brilliant combination of the confessional and the unapologetic, this is a book for anyone who has ever treasured vinyl, or sung into a roll-on deodorant in front of the bedroom mirror and dreamed of playing Wembley.

©2023 Giles Smith (P)2023 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

'Very, very funny... Giles Smith is a wonderful writer.' Nick Hornby

'A wonderfully funny pop-music memoir... You don't have to know who Nik Kershaw is to laugh out loud at the chapter about him.' Sebastian Faulks, Spectator

'One of the best books about music.' Daily Telegraph

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Lovely Music Nostalgia

I notice that another reviewer questioned the need for a re-release of this book as it is very much "of it's time" (that is, the pop scene of the 80s), but for me that was completely it's charm. The industry (and record shops) he describes don't really exist anymore but I loved being reminded of them.

Giles Smith has a very funny, self-deprecating turn of phrase and there are wonderful descriptive passages of his adventures in what sounds like the least glamorous recording career imaginable.

His love for music is enthusiastically conveyed and this book does what all books of this kind do brilliantly, send you back to the music. So I have enjoyed discovering "Cleaners From Venus", rediscovering "Nik Kershaw" and I must thank him for sending me down an XTC rabbit hole that I somehow avoided at the time they were digging it.

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Not sure a re-release was needed - underwhelming.

I purchased this due to some positive media reviews and I wanted a change of pace.

Overall, whilst a pleasant listen I don't see why this needed to be re-released as it is very much of it's time and the update for me added very little. I can see how the non-chronological structure lends itself to its origins as a physical entity, though less so when listening to it, even though Giles Smith is an engaging enough narrator.

An issue for me was the fact that having stated his dreams of 'pop stardom' are effectively over, Smith simply states that he'll write about pop instead. And next he's interviewing major pop figures. Surely, it's easier to say, a bit more difficult to achieve in reality. Therefore, IMO it would have greatly improved the book if he'd explained how he'd achieved this quantum career leap.

Overall, a light, undemanding, though quickly forgotten memoir.

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What a great listen.

Great storytelling, a funny and interesting look at the trials and tribulations of being in a band and trying to 'make it'. Well worth a listen, and as a bonus, a whole host of singers and bands to search out after listening.

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Funny & familiar

Loved it. Really gets across the lure of pop/rockstars that pulls you in when you're young...and somehow never really goes away. Some truly hilarious writing too.

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