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The brand-new memoir from the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Road Beneath My Feet.   

Taking 36 songs from his back catalogue, folk-punk icon Frank Turner explores his songwriting process. Find out the stories behind the songs forged in the hedonistic years of the mid-2000s North London scene, the ones perfected in Nashville studios and everything in between. 

Some of these songs arrive fully formed, as if they've always been there; some take graft and endless reworking to find 'the one'. In exploring them all, Turner reflects with eloquence, insight and self-deprecating wit on exactly what it is to be a songwriter.   

From love songs and breakup songs to political calls to arms; songs composed alone in a hotel room or in soundcheck with the Sleeping Souls, this brilliantly written memoir is a must-have audiobook for FT fans and anyone curious about how to write music. 

©2019 Frank Turner (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Read this at home

I was talked into attending one of Franks gigs nearly 2 years ago, having never heard any of his music nor really knowing anything about him.
It was an incredible experience, so much so that I immediately bought his last three releases on vinyl with the intention of working back through the catalogue. Something seems to have held me back, however. I suspect that I somehow believed that music was of its time, and trying to get to know an artist just too late for it to feel contemporary and not far enough to feel like classics was the cause.
Having now listened to the book, I now feel like I can engage with the back catalogue knowing at least what was in his mind at the time. My plan now is to re-listen to each chapter and the associated track over time. I do think that they missed a trick in not taking advantage of the audiobook format, including snippets if not the full track in each case. But your streaming service of choice can take care of this.
I would also note that the author has a separate Korea waiting for him as an audiobook narrator.

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Fascinating and satisfying not just for fans.

Frank is narrating, It’s a very well read book that works as a diary of how and why a song came together with the history of the song explained as well as the musical theory being discussed (the technical side is explained in simple terms and should not put off a non musician). Really enjoyed it and I think any music fan regardless of genre would be able to enjoy and take something away from it.

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Great look behind the songs

Fascinating look at where his songs came from. As a Frank fan I highly recommend having the music with you as you read. Listen to a chapter, and then to the song it's about.

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Frank really sells the emotion.

Being a huge fan of his music really helps get the best out of this book. A great listen but some songs really get the short stick in terms of detail and depth.

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I loved listening to Try This At Home

First time I have listened to Frank Turner narrating his book, most impressed. Well done!

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If you're a fan of the music and the man

If you're a fan of the music and the man, you'll enjoy it. I do, so I did.

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Love this book

I'm a huge fan of Frank Turner already and read his first book several times. And now I've 'read' this, his second book, twice already in the first 2 weeks of its release. It's a fascinating insight into his music and the way his writing methods have developed over the years. I'll definitely be reading this again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-19

A musthave for the Frank Turner fan.

Interesting book, lovely to listen to and get to know more about the songs and song writing

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  • Brian Sutherland
  • 16-04-20

Newly Initiated Saint

I’ve never been a huge fan of Frank Turner, mainly I now know because I never felt connected to his work. That changed today. His performance is spot on and I’m so glad his book was suggested by a friend. Highly recommended for anyone. Can’t wait to dig into his first book now!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-20

Frank Tuner fan? Read this Book!!

Well written book that provides great insight into how Frank Tuner and the Soul’s wrote many of their best songs.