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  • Published: 30 June 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141913551
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

Gig

The Life and Times of a Rock-star Fantasist - the bestselling memoir from the new Poet Laureate



Simon Armitage's unforgettable and hilarious memoir of trying to become a rock star but ending up a poet instead

A poet is a rock star without the sex'n'drugs, or the rock'n'roll. But that never stopped Simon Armitage dreaming, and in Gig, he explores how music and the muse intertwine in work and in life. Crammed with stories, anecdotes, jokes, absurdities, the odd informal homily, pitfalls and pratfalls (not all the author's own), Yorkshire life and death, Gig is about the dream and reality of what you are, and what you might have been.

  • Published: 30 June 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141913551
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

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Praise for Gig

I read this book in one sitting. It moved me to tears, to shouts of laughter, and made me look at even the most mundane things in a different way

Sunday Times

Extremely funny, brilliant

Sunday Telegraph

Engaging, eccentric, hilarious, incredibly good company. A wonderwall of moments and memories . . . one of our most entertaining authors

Independent

Very, very funny . . . the kind of book you'll want to press on your friends

GQ

Witty, terrific, stupendously funny

Daily Telegraph

Warm, funny . . . wonderfully accurate and evocative . . . we close the book wanting more

Times Literary Supplement

Pitch perfect

Financial Times

Funny, perceptive, thought-provoking. Armitage has a poet's eye for the poignant detail and the bigger theme

Scotsman

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