Bedsit Disco Queen
How I grew up and tried to be a pop star
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I was only sixteen when I bought an electric guitar and joined a band. A year later, I formed an all-girl band called the Marine Girls and played gigs, and signed to an indie label, and started releasing records.
Then, for eighteen years, between 1982 and 2000, I was one half of the group Everything But the Girl. In that time, we released nine albums and sold nine million records. We went on countless tours, had hit singles and flop singles, were reviewed and interviewed to within an inch of our lives. I've been in the charts, out of them, back in. I've seen myself described as an indie darling, a middle-of-the-road nobody and a disco diva. I haven't always fitted in, you see, and that's made me face up to the realities of a pop career - there are thrills and wonders to be experienced, yes, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes.
A good read
Enjoyable. As you read you get a strong sense of her character, but also, somehow, a relatable account of a career as a pop star. I'll definitely read her other book at some point.
Honest and interesting
Thorn comes across as an extremely likeable lady who is 'ill at ease' with the music industry and humble regarding her own talent, which consequently endears her even more to the reader.
Great story told with honesty & humour
Gives a great insight into the up & downs of being in the business. EBTG have written some great song as per many of the lyrics included in Tracey's book. If you grew up in the 70 & 80's and loved music this is a really good read.