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Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia (1990)

Contributed by Litpop bookclub member, Clare McMahon – many thanks Clare! This month’s book was the Hanif Kureishi’s highly acclaimed The Buddha of Suburbia. It spans a time from the early seventies to early eighties, from south London suburbia, the … Continue reading

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Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999)

[This month’s blog is courtesy of Howard Becke, a long-standing and hugely well-informed Litpop regular] If this was a record review then I feel safe in saying that this book would be in the “Prog Rock” section. It is large … Continue reading

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Roddy Doyle Oh, Play That Thing (2005).

[This month’s Litpop Blog was written by Louise Powell, an English Studies student at Teesside University and our Litpop Student Researcher] There was the sense, among this month’s Litpoppers, that Oh, Play That Thing was Roddy Doyle’s attempt to write … Continue reading

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Steve Earle, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive (2011)

On balance, Steve Earle’s novel proved to be as big a hit with Litpoppers as it had with the likes of Patti Smith.  Our characteristically well-informed participants speculated how Earle had transformed the often grim realities of his own life … Continue reading

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Oliver Sacks Musicophilia

A few months ago the Litpop Book Club read Nick Coleman’s book The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss – a music journalist’s memoir about the impact of hearing loss on his passion for music. So … Continue reading

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Michael Chabon, Telegraph Avenue (2012)

Is this the ultimate, definitive ‘litpop’ novel? Judging by the overwhelmingly positive responses from this week’s bookclubbers, perhaps so. Yes, it is big; yes, the second scene (set in a nostalgia trade-fair) was a curveball that made your head spin … Continue reading

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Dana Spiotta Stone Arabia

Rock and pop memoirs have been a recurring staple of the LitPop Book Club reading list – from Patti Smith and Bob Dylan to Nile Rodgers and Pauline Black, we have enjoyed some fascinating insights into musical lives and times. … Continue reading

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Pauline Black, Black by Design

Pauline Black’s painfully and beautifully candid memoir did more than provide this month’s bookclub with understandings of one young woman’s growth into a fiercely independent figure, respected and influential in the world of music and beyond; it also fleshed out … Continue reading

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Nile Rodgers, Le Freak

This book was generous and non-judgemental in spirit, and featured a dizzying roll-call of creative figures. Suitably, then, Nile Rodgers’ inclusive biography-cum-cultural history was prefaced by a dedication to his ‘biological, spiritual, and musical family’. This references one of Sister … Continue reading

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Ray Davies X-Ray: The Unauthorised Autobiography (Nov 2012)

Bob Dylan’s 2004 Chronicles is seen by many as a landmark in rock and pop autobiography – and when we read it in April we were confounded and delighted in turn by this rule-breaking memoir. But turning to Ray Davies’s … Continue reading

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