Graham Coxon Announces Memoir, ‘Verse, Chorus, Monster!’
Graham Coxon is to release his autobiography, Verse, Chorus, Monster. The book is due 6 October via Faber and will be available in hardback, audio, and e-book formats, in addition to deluxe and limited edition copies.
A press release from Faber 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.
Verse, Chorus, Monster!
The long-awaited memoir from guitarist, visual artist and Blur co-founder, Graham Coxon.
— graham coxon (@grahamcoxon) June 7, 2022
“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 art 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.”
Regarded by many as one of the most innovative guitarists of his generation, and best known as a founding member of Blur, Coxon has also released eight solo albums and frequently composes for film and TV. The Waeve, a new project from Coxon and Rose Elinor Dougall, made their live debut in May 2022, along with the release of a single, Something Pretty. Earlier this year Coxon co-wrote the graphic novel anthology, Superstate, which was accompanied by an original soundtrack.