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It's Lovely to Be Here: The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent #2020

It s Lovely to Be Here The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent James Yorkston s tour diaries offer a mix of deadpan humour wide eyed wonder and the romantic absurdity of playing music for a living By turns poignant witty and philosophical the reader experiences

  • Title: It's Lovely to Be Here: The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent
  • Author: James Yorkston
  • ISBN: 9780571272143
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • It's Lovely to Be Here: The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent By James Yorkston, James Yorkston s tour diaries offer a mix of deadpan humour, wide eyed wonder and the romantic absurdity of playing music for a living By turns poignant, witty and philosophical the reader experiences the never ending highs and lows of pubs, clubs and theatres and the endless disorientations on the merry go round of live touring It s Lovely to be Here is a once in a geneJames Yorkston s tour diaries offer a mix of deadpan humour, wide eyed wonder and the romantic absurdity of playing music for a living By turns poignant, witty and philosophical the reader experiences the never ending highs and lows of pubs, clubs and theatres and the endless disorientations on the merry go round of live touring It s Lovely to be Here is a once in a generation behind the scenes account of the music world seen from the eyes of a working singer songwriter where the realities of the minstrel life are confounded and compacted into the on demand bustle of twenty first Century Britain Filled with bathos and written in Yorkston s intimate style the diaries are an affecting account of liquor, sleeplessness and the beauty of song A section of the book originally appeared in Loops Domino Faber s twice yearly music journal.

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    1. After receiving this signed by author copy from Fence Records in the post, I put off reading it for a really long time The cover illustration was just too adorable well done, Clare Beaton It shows a felt constructed JY with his guitar case, his cat who, spoiler alert it was later revealed, had sadly died , a floating accordion and a floating book, all against a backdrop of maps and various modes of transportation AND, the author s name looks stitched Stitched It is the best collage constructed f [...]

    2. In essence, I suppose, I have given this book five stars because I am a Yorkston fan, but then, it s than just that There is something really appealing about the way the singer comes across, and the way in which he outlines the minutiae of touring Having seen him live several times, it was an interesting insight into his attitude and survival on the road His wry sense of humour is obvious here, as is his somewhat awkward but usually self effacing disposition Occasionally he comes across as brus [...]

    3. A funny, interesting account of a touring Scottish artist I looked him up on my streaming and listened to his latest album, I liked it BUT did he have to mention EVERY SINGLE TIME that it was a Vegan restaurant they went to or it was a Wheat Beer that he drank OK, I get it, you are Vegan It did not need to be mentioned every single time and this is why it is a 3 review not a 4 petty, I know, but it really started to bug me and ruined my enjoyment of the book

    4. My dad bought me this book for Christmas after we had looked at it in a music shop I wasn t desperate to read it, but it looked interesting.It really is touring diaries, I expected it to be a biography, but I think the face that it was like diaries of separate tours worked well, each day was like it s own story James style of writing really did make it feel like he was just sitting talking to you, and I really liked that It s like you become part of that little world of repetitive touring, hote [...]

    5. A million miles removed from your average rock star s memoir not a single adoring fan, groupie, sycophantic music biz insider or line of coke stalks any of these wry pages You too can share the frustrations of the search for a decent vegan meal in Belgium and the joys of a fine single malt discovered in Switzerlandd with a dry chuckle on every other page thrown in for free Well worth a few downbeat hours of anyone s time I d say.

    6. I was lucky enough to have a wee chat with Mr Yorkston at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year He was friendly, polite and gracious Having read the book, I now realise he was probably faking it.Its well, written, honest and a pleasant enough read, but probably not enough here to grab you unless you have a particular interest in Yorkston and or Fence collective and or musician memoir.

    7. An interesting read with regard to the touring but Yorkston comes across as a bit of an arse most of the time being grumpy or unhelpful to the public, support acts, radio shows etc.

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