Thursday, November 05, 2009

A life's a life...

A couple of years ago I co-wrote/ghosted call it what you will, a biography. Unless you were a real afficionado of mid-40s big band/swing/jazz in this country and South Africa, wrestling, hairdressing and cruise ships (especially the sinking of the Lakonia in 1963 for which he was wrongly blamed) you wouldn't have heard of the subject. Nor had I, it was a commission. Mind you, as I interviewed him and researched the subject it turned out that Tony Kaye was a) a bloody nice and exceedingly hospitable bloke and b) had done a load of dead interesting things, often very funny, some extremely sad and others at pivotal points in history. He'd played alongside UK jazz and music greats such as George Shearing, Ray Davies (not the Kinks one, the Button Down Brass one, hipsters) and Bert Weedon as a young boy and had a fund of interesting and occasionally naff but invariably entertaining stories. When we published the book he was 80. He'd had a life.

Leona Lewis is 24. She warbles in a background music sub-Whitney Houston 80 notes where 3 will do derivative, she won a talent show on telly, has released a couple of moderately well received (by grannies) albums and has a pretty good pair of legs. Sorry, I came over all sexist there. The only controversial thing she appears to have done is turn down a million quid to open The Fugger's corner shop sale one year because he sells fur. Big up to the LLster. She lives a scandal free life with her childhood boyfriend. A month ago she was assaulted as she signed copies of her autobiography. Her autobiography! 2 days ago she played her first ever full-length live concert.

I'm sorry? Just run that one by me again will you? She played her FIRST EVER full-length concert yet she's known as a singer? And has ALREADY written her life story? Before she did the gig? What, may I ask, is in it? Where did she learn her craft? How many smoky basement clubs a night did she work? How many oily spivs wanting 90% and a bit more did she have to negotiate before she got a break? (that's easy, one. Cowell). How many times did she have to stick a leg out behind the broken down Transit on the A41 to get to the next gig? When was the last time she did anything remotely interesting?

If you're still around in 40 years, love, do another one. I might just read it.

5 Vegetable peelings:

Blogger Dave said...

I am pleased to say I have never heard of her.

5:16 pm  
Blogger Roger said...

The problem is there are an awful lot of retards who buy these Celebrity biogs.

5:52 pm  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

I have never heard of Dave.

6:50 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

'80 notes where 3 will do' - sums it up perfectly.
Tony Kaye? I'll ask the Jazz fan.

10:46 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Kaz, he'd have to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of it to have heard of Tony. But if it's any help he was a double bass player. Get past the references to the ex-Genesis Tony Kaye and you might find him on google but you can bet your life I put him there.

The book is still out there on Amazon. It's called "G Strings and Curls".

11:49 am  

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