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By Joe Jackson

Since the discharge of his first best-selling album Look Sharp in 1979, Joe Jackson has solid a novel occupation in tune via his originality as a composer and his notoriously self reliant stance towards music-business type. He has additionally been a famously deepest individual, whose loss of curiosity in his personal famous person has been interpreted by way of a few as aloofness. That attractiveness is shattered through A remedy for Gravity, Jackson's greatly humorous and revealing memoir of transforming into up musical, from a culturally impoverished early life in a coarse English port city to the Royal Academy of track, via London's Punk and New Wave scenes, as much as the threshold of father 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 big name autobiography, A therapy for Gravity is a brilliant, passionate ebook approximately track, the artistic procedure, and coming of age as an artist.

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Navy Days was by far the most colodul thing that happened in Portsmouth. Once a year, the navy would celebrate its preeminence in the town, fly flags from every mast and turret, and invite the public to damber all over its ships. It was a hot summer day, the ice-cream vans were doing record business, and the whole town, the whole world, was happy. ed to descend into the bowels of a baalesMp. I laull;fied at rhe rchin kids who used to roll araund in the firarbor mud at low tide and dive for pennies we threw from the pier.

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J. " I'd been too p u n g to see them play, but the kind of music they were playing was all around me, once I started to notice it. m e r e were the Beatles, of course, but at the time I made no particular distinction between them and the Merseybeats, or the Swinging Blue Jeans, or Bdy J. Kramer and the Dakotas. It was all clanging guitars, sizzling cymbals, and raw voices. I sat on the floor in my grandparents' house. The floor sloped alarmirrgly; so much so chat the rugs would crumple and have to be straightened out at the end of each day.

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