Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, by Elvis Costello
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink provides readers with a master’s catalogue of a lifetime of great music.
Costello reveals the detailed stories, experiences, and emotions behind such songs as “Alison,” “Accidents Will Happen,” “Watching the Detectives,” “Oliver’s Army,” “Welcome to the Working Week,” “Radio Radio,” “Shipbuilding,” and “Veronica,” the last of which is one of a number of songs revealed to connect to the lives of the previous generations of his family.
Costello chronicles his musical apprenticeship, a child's view of his father Ross MacManus' career on radio and in the dancehall; his own initial almost comical steps in folk clubs and cellar dive before his first sessions for Stiff Record, the formation of the Attractions, and his frenetic and ultimately notorious third U.S. tour.
He takes readers behind the scenes of Top of the Pops and Saturday Night Live, and his own show, Spectacle, on which he hosted artists such as Lou Reed, Elton John, Levon Helm, Jesse Winchester, Bruce Springsteen, and President Bill Clinton.
“Some of the best writing – funny, strange, spiteful, anguished – we’ve ever had from an important musician.” - The New York Times
“Often brilliant and wholly idiosyncratic.” - Los Angeles Times