He’s released more than twenty albums over the last five decades. Elvis Costello has no doubt had a long and impressive music career. He got his start in the London pub rock scene during the 1970’s. The man’s preformed with everyone from Paul McCartney to Green Day and even Elmo and Cookie Monster on Sesame Street. After years of accomplishment, it only seems natural that Elvis Costello finally writes his biography. Music & Disappearing Ink is an honest and introspective portrayal into his personal journey and the music industry.
Elvis was first approached to write an autobiography when he was 24 and declined responding ‘Can I get back to you when I’ve done something?’. It’s been ten years since he was approached again and at age 61 his memoir is now on shelves.
Elvis addresses the memoir as a way for him to remember everything that’s happened in his life so far, a diary of sorts. As a man known for his wordiness and profound language, this book is no exception. He uses strong descriptors to navigate readers through his various musical stages and songs. The e-book comes with a companion soundtrack CD featuring some of the songs mentioned in the book.
Elvis Costello, whose real name is Declan Patrick McManus comes from a musical family. His father was a jazz singer and his grandfather a trumpeter. His parents met in a record store. As a child he was exposed to all kinds of music, Dizzy Gillespie, Sinatra, the Beatles and Peggy Lee to name a few. With such a wide range of musical influences, he’s explored difference types of music over the years, which he talks about in Music & Disappearing Ink. He’s done everything, country, ballet scores, operas, punk, folk and pop. You name it, he’s probably tried it. It’s clear he’s not just a musician producing music as part of the business, but he’s a true music fan himself. The passion for what he does shines through.
The book starts with a story about his father, it’s touching to see the bond these two must have had. Costello’s Father passed away in 2011. He doesn’t want to put out any more music because his dad was the only audience he cared about. Costello says his album Wise Up Ghost released in 2013 is his last. As a man who values family, he plans to put his efforts into fatherhood. But fear not, he still plans to preform live from time to time. Costello & the Imposters plan to tour this summer with Steely Dan.