Joe Jackson's A Cure for Gravity: A Musical Pilgrimage PDF

By Joe Jackson

Since the discharge of his first best-selling album Look Sharp in 1979, Joe Jackson has cast a unique occupation in song via his originality as a composer and his notoriously autonomous stance towards music-business type. He has additionally been a famously inner most individual, whose loss of curiosity in his personal famous person has been interpreted by way of a few as aloofness. That acceptance is shattered by way of A remedy for Gravity, Jackson's vastly humorous and revealing memoir of becoming up musical, from a culturally impoverished youth in a coarse English port city to the Royal Academy of song, via London's Punk and New Wave scenes, as much as the threshold 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 street with long-forgotten membership bands. faraway from a standard-issue famous person autobiography, A treatment for Gravity is a brilliant, passionate ebook approximately tune, the inventive method, and coming of age as an artist.

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But finally I could listen to that whole last movement, without interruption, and it was like a journey from the earth ta the stars. X saw music then as white magic. Pure energy, pure emocion, pure s p i ~ t f. &ought that musicians, regardiess of what kind of musk they played, wc:re beyond repmach, 1&e firefighters or nuns. Other people had otber ideas, Carr")"iitga violin case around at school or an the bus, I was a moving target, Practicing the piano in the school assembly hall, I was an outcast.

Asked my dad. , er, Abstract Music,'" said. It was the ody term I could come up with for music that was '"modesn'hd &dn"t seem to obey any of the laws of harmony or tonality, 7b be fair, I have to say that my father was quite suppor~veof my early musical effarts. H e 3 repaired the broken case that c a m with my vioIin, and seemed ta approve of my haykg a relatively harmiess pas~me,At the same time, both my pafents were rarher bemused by it. One day I sat in the living room listening to Beethoven and foll tfie orchestrd score.

This was fine with my parents, but I'd have to wait until we moved. We were moving to Gosport, on the other side of Portsrnoueh Harbor. Moving from Portsmouth to Gosport was like moving from London to Surbiton, or from Manhattan to Staten Island, Gosporr had a naval submarine base and some sort of factory that made bombs and torpedoes. But as far as I could tell it was a social and culmral desert, inhabited only by sdors and old women. I didn't want to move, I was used to Paulsgrsve, I was getting beaten up less, and my asthma attacks were still bad, but less frequent.

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