Books that inspired Jarvis Cocker's Good Pop, Bad Pop

By Vintage

Books that inspired Jarvis Cocker's Good Pop, Bad Pop

By Vintage

To celebrate publication of his revealing, surprising and highly original memoir Good Pop, Bad Pop, Jarvis Cocker shares some of the books which have inspired him.

 

What if the things we keep hidden say more about us than those we put on display?

 

We all have a random collection of the things that made us - photos, tickets, clothes, souvenirs, stuffed in a box, packed in a suitcase, crammed into a drawer. When Jarvis Cocker starts clearing out his loft, he finds a jumble of objects that catalogue his story and ask him some awkward questions

 

From a Gold Star polycotton shirt to a pack of Wrigley's Extra, from his teenage attempts to write songs to the Sexy Laughs Fantastic Dirty Joke Book , this is the hard evidence of Jarvis's unique life, Pulp, 20th century pop culture, the good times and the mistakes he'd rather forget. And this accumulated debris of a lifetime reveals his creative process – writing and musicianship, performance and ambition, style and stagecraft.

 

This is not a life story. It's a loft story.

Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing

John Berger

£9.99 £9.49

Maybe the first book I remember seeing that integrated images into the text in a completely original & thought-provoking way.

The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects

The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects

Marshall McLuhan

£9.99 £9.49

The Holy Grail of book design in my humble opinion. Julian House & myself referenced this when designing Good Pop, Bad Pop.

The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present

The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present

Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, et al.

£14.99 £14.24

Messrs Coupland, Basar & Obrist bring the sensibility of “The Medium is the Massage” to bear on the media issues of the 21st century.

Ways of Hearing

Ways of Hearing

Damon Krukowski

£17.99 £17.09

Based on his excellent podcast, Damon Krukowski applies the techniques of Berger & McLuhan to the world of audio.

Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: Pop from the Beginning

Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: Pop from the Beginning

Nik Cohn

£9.99 £9.49

Originally published as “Pop From the Beginning” this is still the best distillation & portrayal of Pop’s original transgressive power.

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