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Naked at the Albert Hall

The Inside Story of Singing
  • Author
    • Tracey Thorn
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In her bestselling autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen, Tracey Thorn recalled the highs and lows of a thirty-year career in pop music. But with the touring, recording and extraordinary anecdotes, there wasn't time for an in-depth look at what she actually did for all those years: sing. She sang with warmth and emotional honesty, sometimes while battling acute stage-fright.

Part memoir, part wide-ranging exploration of the art, mechanics and spellbinding power of singing, NAKED AT THE ALBERT HALL takes in Dusty Springfield, Dennis Potter and George Eliot; Auto-tune, the microphone and stage presence; The Streets and The X Factor. Including interviews with fellow artists such as Alison Moyet, Romy Madley-Croft and Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, and portraits of singers in fiction as well as Tracey's real-life experiences, it offers a unique, witty and sharply observed insider's perspective on the exhilarating joy and occasional heartache of singing.
  • Published: Mar 03 2016
  • Pages: 256
  • 196 x 128mm
  • ISBN: 9780349005249
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Press Reviews

  • As distinctive and lovely as its author's singing voice . . . a wry and wise memoir of a unique career
  • The Alan Bennett of pop memoirists. I loved her book so much I wanted to form a band too
  • Daily Telegraph, praise for Bedsit Disco Queen
    An intensely readable account of thirty years of being in love with music. Warm, assertive, sweetly funny and most of all honest
  • Independent on Sunday, praise for Bedsit Disco Queen
    As a witty and wise chronicle of a life spent dipping in and out of the limelight, this is second to none
  • Mail on Sunday
    Smart, chatty . . . [Thorn is] a sufficiently deft writer to negotiate the populist and the high-brow . . . a thought-provoking and enjoyable read
  • Sunday Telegraph
    Honest and compassionate
  • Sunday Herald
    If you care at all about pop music you should read both [Naked at the Albert Hall and Bedsit Disco Queen]
  • Independent
    Revelatory, always entertaining . . . a genuine insider's perspective . . . Thirty years of consideration went into this quietly impressive volume, and it shows
  • Scotsman
    A writer in fine voice . . . [a] cracker of a book
  • Daily Telegraph
    Thorn is the perfect analyst of our reverence for and terror of singing . . .Thorn's practical, warm tone gives her a Miss Marple-like ability to appear kindly while holding mistruths up to account . . . She is best, though, as a sympathetic guide to the singers she loves
  • Grazia
    Tracey's characterful phrasing is as persuasive on page as it is on record
  • Dubbo Weekender
    She can pick at the scab of a subject and release some of the unsavoury contents which have been festering under the surface.
  • Nina Stibbe

    Gem-like confessions that make it feel like a proper discussion. I loved it
  • Telegraph
    A thoughtful and sensitive study of singing and her very English struggle with the embarrassment
  • Keith Miller

    Times Literary Supplement
    A subtle, suggestive book about performance
  • Observer
    Thorn eloquently strikes upon some profound truths about human communication as she tests the powers and limits of the human voice