By Tony Sokol

 

Elvis Costello UMe

NEW YORK, July 15, 2015 /Daily Offbeat/ — Elvis Costello has always looked a little bookwormish to me and yes, I admit I bought skinny ties to wear on stage just because of the former Declan Patrick MacManus. But that was chapter 1, apparently he’s been writing the book every day. I just don’t know how his little hands of concrete didn’t smash his keyboard.

“‘Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink'” is destined to be a classic, idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man,” reads a somewhat disingenuous press blurb, probably written by Elvis Costello himself.

Elvis Costello wrote a memoir and is going on a speaking tour of bookstores to promote it, according to a Penguin Books schedule that was just forwarded to me from a bass-playing weatherman friend I have.

Costello’s memoir, “Unfaithful Music,” describes how Costello’s career has “somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom,” according to what little press has been written about it.

The memoir was written entirely by Costello. No ghostwriter, no one else pounding the keyboard. The book “offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow.

“The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned co-writers and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy.”

Elvis Costello is a “Grammy award-winning musician whose career spans almost four decades,” reads the web page bio. “A prolific singer-songwriter, Costello has released several critically-acclaimed albums, and in 2003 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool. He is the “grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and had taken the popular music world by storm before he was twenty-four.

“Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing and extensive songbooks of the day. His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band on your television screen and performing in the world’s greatest concert halls in a wild variety of company.

EC Book Tour Dates:

BARNES & NOBLE, NY

10/13/2015 AT 7 pm

BARNES & NOBLE, NY 10003 2005

BOOKCOURT, NY

10/14/2015 AT 7 pm

BOOKCOURT, NY 11201 6263

SIXTH & I, DC

10/15/2015 AT 7:30 pm

SIXTH & I, DC 20001 3736

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, NY

10/16/2015 AT 7:00 pm

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, NY 10018 2788

Berklee College of Music, MA

10/17/2015 AT 6 pm

Berklee College of Music, MA 02215

Variety Playhouse, GA

10/19/2015 AT 8 pm

Variety Playhouse, GA 30307

BOOK PEOPLE 6TH AND LAMAR, TX

10/20/2015 AT 7 pm

BOOK PEOPLE 6TH AND LAMAR, TX 78703-5413

Wilshire Ebell Theatre, CA

10/21/2015 AT 8 pm

Wilshire Ebell Theatre, CA 90005

CITY ARTS & LECTURES, CA

10/22/2015 AT 7:30 pm

CITY ARTS & LECTURES, CA 94115 3113

The Lincoln Theater, CA

10/23/2015 AT 7 pm

The Lincoln Theater, CA 94599

Francis W. Parker School, IL

11/3/2015 AT 8:00 pm

Francis W. Parker School, IL

The Brooklyn Academy of Music – Howard Gilman Opera House, NY

11/10/2015 AT 7:30 pm

The Brooklyn Academy of Music – Howard Gilman Opera House, NY 11217

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