Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing (Paperback)
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Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 03/03/2016
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In her bestselling autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen, Tracey Thorn recalled the highs and lows of a thirty-year career in pop music. But with the touring, recording and extraordinary anecdotes, there wasn't time for an in-depth look at what she actually did for all those years: sing. She sang with warmth and emotional honesty, sometimes while battling acute stage-fright.

Part memoir, part wide-ranging exploration of the art, mechanics and spellbinding power of singing, NAKED AT THE ALBERT HALL takes in Dusty Springfield, Dennis Potter and George Eliot; Auto-tune, the microphone and stage presence; The Streets and The X Factor. Including interviews with fellow artists such as Alison Moyet, Romy Madley-Croft and Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, and portraits of singers in fiction as well as Tracey's real-life experiences, it offers a unique, witty and sharply observed insider's perspective on the exhilarating joy and occasional heartache of singing.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349005249
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 205 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Smart, chatty . . . [Thorn is] a sufficiently deft writer to negotiate the populist and the high-brow . . . a thought-provoking and enjoyable read * Mail on Sunday *
Honest and compassionate * Sunday Telegraph *
If you care at all about pop music you should read both [Naked at the Albert Hall and Bedsit Disco Queen] * Sunday Herald *
Revelatory, always entertaining . . . a genuine insider's perspective . . . Thirty years of consideration went into this quietly impressive volume, and it shows * Independent *
A writer in fine voice . . . [a] cracker of a book * Scotsman *
Thorn is the perfect analyst of our reverence for and terror of singing . . .Thorn's practical, warm tone gives her a Miss Marple-like ability to appear kindly while holding mistruths up to account . . . She is best, though, as a sympathetic guide to the singers she loves * Daily Telegraph *
Tracey's characterful phrasing is as persuasive on page as it is on record * Grazia *
Gem-like confessions that make it feel like a proper discussion. I loved it -- Nina Stibbe * Telegraph *
A thoughtful and sensitive study of singing and her very English struggle with the embarrassment * Telegraph *
A subtle, suggestive book about performance -- Keith Miller * Times Literary Supplement *
As distinctive and lovely as its author's singing voice . . . a wry and wise memoir of a unique career
Thorn eloquently strikes upon some profound truths about human communication as she tests the powers and limits of the human voice * Observer *
The Alan Bennett of pop memoirists. I loved her book so much I wanted to form a band too
An intensely readable account of thirty years of being in love with music. Warm, assertive, sweetly funny and most of all honest * Daily Telegraph, praise for Bedsit Disco Queen *
As a witty and wise chronicle of a life spent dipping in and out of the limelight, this is second to none * Independent on Sunday, praise for Bedsit Disco Queen *
She can pick at the scab of a subject and release some of the unsavoury contents which have been festering under the surface. * Dubbo Weekender *

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