Blur’s Graham Coxon Details Upcoming Autobiography ‘Verse, Chorus, Monster!’

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Blur’s Graham Coxon Details Upcoming Autobiography ‘Verse, Chorus, Monster!’

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 Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon. Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images. 

Blur guitarist, Graham Coxon has announced his upcoming autobiography, titled  Verse, Chorus, Monster!

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


A press release for the book reads: “Among the noise and clamour of the Britpop era, Blur co-founder Graham Coxon managed to carve out a niche to become one of the most innovative and respected guitarists 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 thing for eating soil and drawing intense visions; his anxiety was tempered by painting and a growing love of music.”

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

“But there are things they don’t tell you before you get famous. There are monsters out there. And some may even be lurking inside yourself.”

Coxon’s guitar playing in Blur turned him into an indie icon in the 90s. The band’s later albums also saw Coxon perform more vocals, with perhaps his most notable lead vocal appearing on Coffee and TV from 1998’s 13 and anthemic backings on Tender from the same album

Blur | ‘Coffee And TV’

Verse, Chorus, Monster! is out October 6 via Faber. Check it out, here. 


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