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.
I am sure this is going to be great!
Can't wait to read this...been a fan since "Eden" came out...
Just what I hoped it would be
Well written on an interesting, insightful and moving subject. Conveys Tracy's origins and journey . . . artistically, in the biz, and personally, with Ben and the kids. I was always a fan of both of them, and grew up with their music through all its phases. joint projects and solo. Very nourishing to re-visit songs that have been the soundtrack of our lives and learn more about the experiences, thoughts and feelings behind them. I remember exactly where I was when I first heard Oxford Street, Mirrorball or Hatfield 1980. And I've listened to them hundreds of times since. Tracy's book reveals them to be beautifully, subtly biographical, as we suspected. And adds context. Plus much more. A perfect complement to the music, (and Ben's book). What an amazing family and body of work! Thanks for sharing!
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.