Paul Weller: My Ever Changing Moods

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Omnibus, 2005 - Rock music - 308 pages
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Always uncomfortable in the pop limelight, Paul Weller has at times suffered for his art. His fascination with contemporary black music eventually led The Style Council to a dead end, and his moral convictions, championing causes like CND and Red Wedge, left him disillusioned with politics. Weller's return was slow but gradual, and for the last decade he enjoyed an artistic renaissance that continues unabated. Traces Weller's career from his upbringing in Woking, through his years with The Jam and the difficulties he faced after it's demise to his current status as one of Britain's most respected performers and songwriters. This new paperback edition has been revised and updated to take Weller's story into the 21st century. and lovingly compiled album of cover versions Studio 150. remarkable careers. Includes comprehensive discography and many previously unpublished photographs. John Reed, a former Research Editor of Record Collector magazine has interviewed many of Weller's friends and colleagues and presents a comprehensive picture 'The Modfather'.

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John Reed was the kind of man who, one instant, might touch you to your very core -- send a symphony into the marrow of your bones. But he was also the type who, the next instant, might prove exasperatingly shallow. Such was his sad contradiction. There he'd be reciting something truly something -- but reciting it at the exclusive room of the trendiest possible of-the-second club to an audience of those beautiful and ambitious New Yorkers who, though not always successful at it, were the most "willing, " in the name of glory, to lead lives unexamined and vapid.

His tragic and untimely demise unfolded at a juncture when I was most disgusted with him -- for not a month earlier, his reprehensible behavior had ended our relationship. One that had seemed riddled...well, with potential.

He could be a boy sometimes, standing as he would have in 1977, a child of the Manhattan wasteland -- a body filthy and lean, and trying to discover for itself honor in the void. This aspect of his work had been of interest to me. And since, during the course of our romance, we discussed our writing with each other, I became quite familiar with his proposal for "Duh Whole" -- the tale of a girl gone awry, and a great big hole. Hence, it was not unexpectedly (the prospect of finishing the unfinished works of expired authors ever-tempting) that I was approached the very minute John first coughed (with luck, it'd be a foreshadowing of consumption and doom). His outline proved surprisingly complete, and having no book deal of my own, I was soon secured in the effort -- and with John's institutionalization and rapid decline, I was given the green light. If you like my work, you might look for other novels ostensibly by Reed, such as "Snowball's Chance" and "A Still Small Voice, " which, incidentally, I also wrote.

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