MOTHER, BROTHER, LOVER
Selected Lyrics
JARVIS COCKER
20 October 2011
£14.99 hardback, £11.99 ebook (Faber & Faber)

I am not Jesus, though I have the same initials.
I am the man who stays home and does the dishes.
And how was your day?
Is that woman still trying to do your head in?
(Dishes)

Jarvis Cocker is arguably regarded as one of the most original and memorable lyricists and performers of recent decades. Mother, Brother, Lover ”“ his first book ”“ is a collection of seventy lyrics, selected and annotated by the author.

Opening with an essay on the art of lyric-writing, the selection features Pulp classics such as ”˜Common People’, ”˜Babies’ and ”˜This is Hardcore’, as well as less familiar and unreleased songs. Spanning thirty years of songwriting, the collection reveals a unique sensibility: a sometimes visceral, sometimes everyday take on love, relationships and the things that happen when the lights get low.

‘Mother, Brother, Lover’ takes the reader on a tour into the life, art and preoccupations of one of the great British artists of the late twentieth century. Shocking, sharp, clever and funny, it is a beautiful, enduring collection.

Jarvis Cocker has been making music for two-thirds of his life. Two dozen of these years were spent in Pulp, a group with whom he enjoyed most of the experiences you can have as the singer in a band. Over this time, Jarvis went from being the quintessential outsider to one of the most recognised and cherished figures in Britain.

Does Cockers work stand up to such close scrutiny? – Any views?

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