Just For One Day : Adventures in Britpop Paperback
by Louise Wener
Just For One Day takes you on Louise Wener's musical odyssey from awkward 80s suburban pop geek to 90s jet-set Britpop goddess.
Of course, once she's living the dream at the height of Britpop's glory, things aren't quite how they appeared from the other side.
With her band Sleeper, Louise goes from doing gigs in toilets to gigs in stadiums, and on to the big interviews, constant touring and endless excess via Top of the Pops.
These are the hilarious adventures of a girl's journey through Britpop, from the embarrassments of growing up to trying to remember what on earth it was you really wanted while eating Twiglets backstage and enviously eyeing up Damon Albarn's plate of foreign cheeses.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 09/06/2011
- Category: Individual actors & performers
- ISBN: 9780091936525
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Review by roblong
Good stuff. The first, pre-fame half is only ok (I tend to read recollections of teen years with the indignation of the once-miserable teen - "you call that an uncomfortable/geeky/miserable adolescence, that's nothing let me tell you"), but it's entertaining enough and well told - the whole thing zips along at a great pace. I was obsessed with music too and she grew up not far from me, so I get a lot of what she's talking about, even if her 80s reference points are different to mine. For me the book really swings into life in the second half, where Sleeper get together and become part of the mid-90s Britpop party. Three remarkably decadent years later, it all comes to a crashing and abrupt end, and, as small fish in the Britpop pond, Sleeper are thrown out to die on the lawn by their management. It's a really enjoyable read - Wener is a good writer, and comes across as a grounded and ordinary person. As a light, fun read, loaded with nostalgia for the likes of me, this is tough to beat. If you liked Britpop enough to remember Sleeper & their fellows with great fondness, then I recommend this heartily.