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Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, 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. “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.

The memoir, written entirely by Costello himself, 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 cowriters and coconspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic, idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A winningly droll and good-natured guide to his life and many works throughout.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Some of the best writing—funny, strange, spiteful, anguished—we’ve ever had from an important musician.”

    New York Times

  • “Often brilliant and wholly idiosyncratic.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “With an encyclopedic knowledge and appreciation for, and deep love of, music, and with an expressive power and heart, Costello’s memoir will take its place in the highest echelons of the genre.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This is a big book, literally, by one of the best rockers in the business. Given the singular, and eclectic, nature of his career, it is no surprise that Elvis Costello’s anecdotal autobiography is an idiosyncratic journey through his music and the people and places that have inspired him…A must for Costello fans everywhere.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A 2015 Library Journal Best Audiobook
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