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By Joe Jackson

Since the discharge of his first best-selling album Look Sharp in 1979, Joe Jackson has solid a unique occupation in track via his originality as a composer and his notoriously self reliant stance towards music-business model. He has additionally been a famously inner most individual, whose loss of curiosity in his personal famous person has been interpreted by means of a few as aloofness. That recognition is shattered by way of A medication for Gravity, Jackson's tremendously humorous and revealing memoir of growing to be up musical, from a culturally impoverished youth in a coarse English port city to the Royal Academy of song, via London's Punk and New Wave scenes, as much as the edge of father stardom. Jackson describes his lifestyles as a teenage Beethoven enthusiast; his early piano gigs for audiences of glass-throwing skinheads; and his days at the street with long-forgotten membership bands. faraway from a standard-issue superstar autobiography, A therapy for Gravity is a brilliant, passionate e-book approximately tune, the inventive technique, and coming of age as an artist.

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It didn't seem to have anything to do with the revelation I'd experienced on hearing Exodus. It was as though you could either try to penetrate the mysteries of musical art, or you could be in a POP group. m a t if you wanted to $o both? A CURE PQR GRAVITY 25 I N X 9 6 5 the a m mira&lhof rock 'nn"roif, X was ten years old, Nor & a g in the big city, not having a hip older sibling, what I knew of pop culture was only the tip of the icebeg. My parents had acvired a pridtive record-pk~yer,but they never bou&t many records.

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Now that 12rnolder, and hardened, and a clever bastard, E still find Exodus a good Nne, if a bit senfimental. I have to remind myself that there are worse things than sentimentality. The Russians, for instance, revel in it -they believe it's at least halfway to real emotion, and therefore better than nothing. Experience also tells me that part of this tune's poignancy comes, like "The Runaway Train," but more so, from an artful juxtaposition of major or key is repeatedly harmonized and nor. In this case, a tune in a with major chords, at points where the ear seems to expect a minor chord, so that we always feel the clouds are just about to lift-but they never quite do.

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