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This is the second book by Tracey Thorn, the singer of Everything But The Girl, and it is a sort of follow up to her autobiography. In a way. Thorn was a reluctant pop star, and has taken a long break from performing. She decided to investigate the whole idea of singing,and it's a fascinating read. She looks into why we sing, why we do so in public, how we decide what accent to adopt when we sing, how we remember the words, and lots of other aspects. She moves happily between "Wheels on the bus" and opera. It was a really interesting read, and very accessible, not at all dry or theoretical. Highly recommended. (And the title refers to a nightmare, not an EBTG gig that you missed...!)
Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star. Tracey Thorn is probably best known as one half of Everything But the Girl. This biography tells us about Tracey's early interest in music and her contributions for fanzines during the later punk/new wave era of the late 1970's; through her early involvement in producing music with The Marine Girls (one of Kurt Cobain's top 50 bands) and on to her mixed success with Everything But the Girl. It only touches briefly on her relationship with Ben Watt (her partner in Everything But the Girl, his illness, their subsequent marriage and their children. Mostly this is a fairly straightforward chronology of Tracey's music career from 1981 to 2007. There are a few amusing touches such as the time that George Michael pulled up in his Range Rover to chat with Tracey while she was waiting outside the school gates with the other mums. Or when her son asked her "Mum, did you use to be famous?" There is also a reoccurring theme of how the industry, press and fans didn't always recognise how dark so many of the band's songs were - mostly because their music wasn't. It is a very easy read which I found interesting enough to devour in one sitting.