Graham Coxon announces autobiography ‘Verse, Chorus, Monster!’


Blur’s Graham Coxon has announced details of his autobiography, Verse, Chorus, Monster!.

The memoir is described as “an intimate and honest reflection on music, fame, addiction and art by one of Britain’s most iconic musicians”. It will be released on October 6 this year via Faber.

A press release for the book reads: “Among the noise and clamor of the Britpop era, Blur co-founder Graham Coxon has managed to carve out a place to become one of the most most innovative and respected of his generation – but it wasn’t always easy.

“Graham grew up as an army kid, moving frequently in his early years from West Germany to Derbyshire and Winchester before settling in Colchester, Essex. A shy child, he had a weak to eat dirt and draw intense visions; his anxiety was tempered by painting and a growing love for music.

He adds: “These twin passions became obsessions, and as he honed his artistic skills at school, Goldsmiths and beyond, his band with school friend Damon Albarn, fellow student Alex James and a drummer called Dave Rowntree started to get noticed.

“But there are things they don’t tell you until you get famous. There are monsters there. And some can even hide inside of you.

In April, Coxon announced a new duet called The WAEVE with Rose Elinor Dougall, the former Pipettes member turned Mark Ronson collaborator.

Last month (May 4), THE WAEVE played a pair of intimate launch shows at The Lexington in London, returning the next day with lead single “Something Pretty.”

Ahead of their first gig, the duo said, “We can’t wait to debut our new sound live at The Lexington. We’ve been cooped up, busy translating the varied sounds of our songs into a dynamic live show, with the help of great musician friends. We invite you to surrender to the world of The WAEVE.

The WAEVE reunited after exchanging messages during the 2020 Christmas lockdown. They soon began writing songs before their collaboration “resulted in an unexpected sonic universe,” according to a statement.

Last year, Graham Coxon released the ‘Superstate’ comic book album, as well as teased more Blur activity. After bandmate Damon Albarn claimed the band had been in talks and “had an idea” of how to make a comeback, Coxon said NME“I was aware of this discussion. It started as a discussion, but didn’t really end as one.

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