A Cure for Gravity: A Musical Pilgrimage by Joe Jackson

By Joe Jackson

Since the discharge of his first best-selling album Look Sharp in 1979, Joe Jackson has cast a novel profession in tune via his originality as a composer and his notoriously self sufficient stance towards music-business model. He has additionally been a famously inner most individual, whose loss of curiosity in his personal superstar has been interpreted via a few as aloofness. That acceptance is shattered by way of A medication for Gravity, Jackson's greatly humorous and revealing memoir of transforming into up musical, from a culturally impoverished adolescence in a coarse English port city to the Royal Academy of track, via London's Punk and New Wave scenes, as much as the threshold of father stardom. Jackson describes his lifestyles as a teenage Beethoven enthusiast; his early piano gigs for audiences of glass-throwing skinheads; and his days at the highway with long-forgotten membership bands. faraway from a standard-issue big name autobiography, A remedy for Gravity is a brilliant, passionate ebook approximately song, the artistic method, and coming of age as an artist.

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A cur% I'd never heard A CURB FOR GRAVITY 47 before and have never heard since. He was arrogant and pretentious, but he was a c:haracter, and he tau&t me a lot of percussion tecknigue, and 1 appreciatt:d him on both counts. In fact, I was the whole perassion section. m s gave me an idea, With a bit of pl I could actudy play most of the percussion parts myself. I arranged the battery around me so that, with an o6:casional dramatic lunge, I could reach eveqhing, and I laid out all the charts across three music stands.

The place was unnervingly quiet, a silent graveyard of toilets, washbasins, and coffinesque tubs. Once or twice a day, someone would corne in and ask the price of something, 1 would look it up in a catalog, and i:hey would thank me and leave. The woman I worked with told me to look busy. " "aid. "' said the woman. The boss was a thuggish, piggy-eyed man with gseasy Mack hair. Most of the hair was held in place by Bylcreern; a few strands escaped to hang over a flushed and bloated face. He looked as though his head had been boiled.

18veheard music I &dn"t even like, and yet one element has stuck in my mind, and been gradually transformed into an ingredient of something new You'd never h a w where it came horn, and I'm not telling. it may not even remember. And so, since I'd never really known what "my" music was, I began to t h e that it could be whatever X wanted it to be, even if it was Sibelius one day and Miles Davis the next. During my first year as resident of a building site in Gosport, I also went into my first pub.

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