Bedsit Disco Queen - How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star
I was only sixteen when I bought an electric guitar and joined a band. A year later, I formed an all-girl band called the Marine Girls and played gigs, and signed to an indie label, and started releasing records. Then, for eighteen years, between 1982 and 2000, I was one half of the group Everything But the Girl. In that time, we released nine albums and sold nine million records. We went on countless tours, had hit singles and flop singles, were reviewed and interviewed to within an inch of our lives. I've been in the charts, out of them, back in. I've seen myself described as an indie darling, a middle-of-the-road nobody and a disco diva. I haven't always fitted in, you see, and that's made me face up to the realities of a pop career - there are thrills and wonders to be experienced, yes, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes.
- Bedsit Disco Queen will reach a whole new readership in paperback, drawn by the fantastic coverage for the HB - Cross-promotion with women's magazines, music magazines and online music portals - Social media campaign driven by a competition with a money-can't-buy prize - Tracey's influential Twitter followers include Caitlin Moran, Danny Baker and Grace Den, who will all tweet about the book, reaching an audience of millions - Virago Book Club promotion plus dedicated newsletter and exclusive web content
"Thorn's literary voice is as cheekily offbeat as her singing voice is rich and mellifluous." "--Time.com"
Tracey Thorn was singer and songwriter with Everything But the Girl from 1982-2000. At that point she semi-retired from the music business to bring up her children. She has since recorded three solo albums, Out of the Woods, Love and Its Opposite, and Tinsel and Lights. She lives in London with her husband Ben Watt and their three children.