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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:

Who do you think you are?

Are clothes important?

Why are there so many pairs of broken glasses up here?

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.

Recorded on location with the author and featuring archival material, Good Pop, Bad Pop, is an intimate and immersive listening experience with an icon of British culture. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Jarvis Cocker (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Fabulous insight into Jarvis’ world.
Highly resonant to anyone growing up in that era. Great use of audiobook potential to add foley-style effects and other enhancements (why is this so rare in other audiobooks?) Cliffhanger for a part two? let’s hope so!

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  • Rebecca Morgan
  • 06-11-22

I could have listened to this forever.

As a kid of the 80s, fascinated with radio at an early age, listening to it through the standard issue singular cream earpiece late into the night, this both called to me, and answered my call.

Jarvis' presence was a large part of my 20s, he just seems in one way or another to have always been there. Listening to him talking about a myriad of things and their attached meanings made me think about my own accumulated 'stuff' and that yes, we all have to climb through our own metaphorical and actual loft hatches and sort out our own things, and decide what to keep or cob, reliving our own stories along the way. This made me think that Jarvis is just like I thought he always was - more one of 'us' than the other front men of the time, he was just like on of your mates.

Jarvis' love of music and of discovering John Peel at the end of the dial also struck a chord (sorry) with me, who also did very similar, which formed my often not so mainstream musical tastes. Also, similarly to Peel, Jarvis has a voice you could listen to without ever tiring. I could genuinely listen to him talk all day.

So thank you Jarvis. Thanks for a really thoughtful book, for sharing your memories and for making me reminisce on my own.

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  • Rose
  • 07-07-22

Brilliant!

Couldn’t have enjoyed this more. I wasn’t expecting to laugh out loud quite as much.

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  • mike
  • 06-14-22

Good Pop Bad Pop Brilliant book.

Stunning. The book, the narration,
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  • Al Ears
  • 08-09-22

Uncommonly

Funny and fulfilling. Jarvis is now the voice of my conscience. As far as audiobook autobiographies go, This is the best it's ever gonna get.

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  • Jennifer
  • 08-01-22

Delightful

Really enjoyable. Looking forward to the second volume. Great that there is an accompanying PDF. More titles should have these available.

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  • pablo dublin
  • 07-29-22

thank you

thank you you are an inspiration for all the weirdos out there!!! all the best!

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  • LadyD
  • 07-21-22

Like listening to the stories of a wise old friend

A great concept to tell his story, all the more perfect in his reassuring tones. Next volume please!!!

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  • Superish Medic
  • 07-21-22

Informative and interesting even for tories

Really enjoyed this audio book with Jarvis I had no idea about his life and journey with music before I purchased disco 2000/Common people back in 1995 on tape cassette.

The inventory on PDF is a great to follow along with or review after each chapter. Defiantly one to read regardless of your political views.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-22

Quirky

Loved the basis of the storytelling through hidden treasures. I’m a big Jarvis fan and this didn’t disappoint. I’d like to read this hard copy too.

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  • James Hoddy
  • 07-19-22

Everything that you want it to be.

Once I started this book I couldn't stop listening, this will go on the keep pile.

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  • Janet B Hillary
  • 07-21-22

Excellent

Fabulous and unique recollections of the past by Jarvis Cocker, presented in an innovative way through sorting through his attic’s contents. Enjoyed it immensely. Looking forward to the next instalment!

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  • Andrew N McClelland
  • 06-14-22

Amust for any Pulp fan

Jarvis narrates superbly and plays clips etc that one couldn't get from a mere reading.

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  • Britpop
  • 06-14-22

Better than an autobiography

An innovative take on the musician auto biography; infinitely enjoyable, amusing and insightful. Cleverly blending the artefact contents of an attic with personal story. Greatly nostalgic and a wonderful time capsule of of an interesting artist.