Good Pop, Bad Pop by Jarvis Cocker


Reviewed by Imogen

“Not a life story, but a loft story” – we join the Pulp frontman as he takes on the task of clearing out his loft, in a game of ‘keep or cob’ that might make him the new Marie Kondo (although perhaps wittier and lankier!) Wonderfully designed, this is a funny, enjoyable, and brilliantly visual memoir that pays tribute to the ephemera that we collect through our lives and the stories they tell.

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What if the things we keep hidden say more about us than those we put on display?

We all have a random collection of the things that made us – photos, tickets, clothes, souvenirs, stuffed in a box, packed in a suitcase, crammed into a drawer. When Jarvis Cocker starts clearing out his loft, he finds a jumble of objects that catalogue his story and ask him some awkward questions:

Who do you think you are?

Are clothes important?

Why are there so many pairs of broken glasses up here?

From a Gold Star polycotton shirt to a pack of Wrigley’s Extra, from his teenage attempts to write songs to the Sexy Laughs Fantastic Dirty Joke Book, this is the hard evidence of Jarvis’s unique life, Pulp, 20th century pop culture, the good times and the mistakes he’d rather forget. And this accumulated debris of a lifetime reveals his creative process – writing and musicianship, performance and ambition, style and stagecraft.

This is not a life story. It’s a loft story.