Elvis Costello visits hmv to celebrate the release of his book ‘Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink’.
Elvis Costello visits hmv to meet fans and sign copies of his new book ‘Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink’.
Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance-band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and before he was twenty-four took the popular music world by storm.
Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing and extensive songbooks of our day. His performances have taken him from strumming a cardboard guitar in his parents’ front room to fronting a rock and roll band on our television screens and performing in the world’s greatest concert halls in a wild variety of company. ‘Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink’ describes how Costellos career has endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom.
This memoir, written entirely by Costello, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best-known songs and the hits of tomorrow. It features many stories and observations about his renowned cowriters and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations of the less appealing side of fame.
The idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man, ‘Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink’ is destined to be a classic.
Thu 29 October – 1:00pm – hmv 363 Oxford Street, London
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