A Cure for Gravity: A Musical Pilgrimage by Joe Jackson PDF

By Joe Jackson

Since the discharge of his first best-selling album Look Sharp in 1979, Joe Jackson has solid a unique occupation in tune via his originality as a composer and his notoriously autonomous stance towards music-business type. He has additionally been a famously deepest individual, whose loss of curiosity in his personal big name has been interpreted via a few as aloofness. That recognition is shattered through A medication for Gravity, Jackson's significantly humorous and revealing memoir of turning out to be up musical, from a culturally impoverished adolescence in a coarse English port city to the Royal Academy of tune, 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 megastar autobiography, A treatment for Gravity is a great, passionate ebook approximately tune, the artistic technique, and coming of age as an artist.

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