By Joe Jackson

ISBN-10: 0306810018

ISBN-13: 9780306810015

ISBN-10: 1429485191

ISBN-13: 9781429485197

Since the discharge of his first best-selling album Look Sharp in 1979, Joe Jackson has cast a novel profession in tune via his originality as a composer and his notoriously autonomous stance towards music-business model. He has additionally been a famously inner most individual, whose loss of curiosity in his personal famous person has been interpreted by means of a few as aloofness. That popularity is shattered by way of A medication for Gravity, Jackson's greatly humorous and revealing memoir of becoming up musical, from a culturally impoverished adolescence in a coarse English port city to the Royal Academy of track, via London's Punk and New Wave scenes, as much as the edge of dad 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 superstar autobiography, A remedy for Gravity is a great, passionate booklet approximately song, the artistic method, and coming of age as an artist.

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