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What if the things we keep hidden say more about us than those we put on display?

We all have a random collection of the things that made us—photos, tickets, clothes, souvenirs, stuffed in a box, packed in a suitcase, crammed into a drawer. When Jarvis Cocker starts clearing out his loft, he finds a jumble of objects that catalogue his story and ask him some awkward questions:

Who do you think you are?

Are clothes important?

Why are there so many pairs of broken glasses up here?

From a Gold Star polycotton shirt to a pack of Wrigley's Extra, from his teenage attempts to write songs to the Sexy Laughs Fantastic Dirty Joke Book, this is the hard evidence of Jarvis's unique life, Pulp, 20th-century pop culture, the good times and the mistakes he'd rather forget. And this accumulated debris of a lifetime reveals his creative process—writing and musicianship, performance and ambition, style and stagecraft.

This is not a life story. It's a loft story.

Recorded on location with the author and featuring archival material, Good Pop, Bad Pop, is an intimate and immersive listening experience with an icon of British culture. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Jarvis Cocker (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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I could have listened to this forever.

As a kid of the 80s, fascinated with radio at an early age, listening to it through the standard issue singular cream earpiece late into the night, this both called to me, and answered my call.

Jarvis' presence was a large part of my 20s, he just seems in one way or another to have always been there. Listening to him talking about a myriad of things and their attached meanings made me think about my own accumulated 'stuff' and that yes, we all have to climb through our own metaphorical and actual loft hatches and sort out our own things, and decide what to keep or cob, reliving our own stories along the way. This made me think that Jarvis is just like I thought he always was - more one of 'us' than the other front men of the time, he was just like on of your mates.

Jarvis' love of music and of discovering John Peel at the end of the dial also struck a chord (sorry) with me, who also did very similar, which formed my often not so mainstream musical tastes. Also, similarly to Peel, Jarvis has a voice you could listen to without ever tiring. I could genuinely listen to him talk all day.

So thank you Jarvis. Thanks for a really thoughtful book, for sharing your memories and for making me reminisce on my own.

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Good Pop Bad Pop Brilliant book.

Stunning. The book, the narration,
and the good feelings it induces make this an absolute joy.

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Nice

Will revisit , nice idea’s read well with a lot of imagination, one of my favourite audio books

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One of the best audiobooks

This could have longer just because of how good it is. I look forward to the next instalment. Jarvis’s voice is lovely to listen to. Amusing and informative 5stars!

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Finished in one sitting. Jarvis does you good

Easy listening, charm and richness that's our Jarvis. I lived in Sheffield for a while but you don"t have to to relate.

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Jarvis, please write more of this. It’s brilliant

Loved it all. I’d just like to hear more please. Jarvis, get writing!

Love ya

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Jarvis Cocker is a national treasure

If further proof was needed that Jarvis Cocker is a national treasure then please turn to Exhibit A…

Good Pop, Bad Pop (2022)

The premise is that Jarvis Cocker is cleaning out his loft. He explains the significance of an incredible array of ephemera. For example, toys or sticks of chewing gum or old packaging etc take him back to his childhood, old photos, flyers, tickets etc prompt memories of starting Pulp. The recurring item is a notebook detailing Pulp’s manifesto which Jarvis started planning as a pre-teen.

I listened to Jarvis narrate the audiobook complete with PDF containing photos of all the items. I loved every second. This is the way Jarvis tells chunks of his life story. It's ridiculously entertaining and enjoyable.

It all ends with Pulp still yet to achieve any kind of breakthrough so all the signs are that there will be another instalment before too long. It can’t happen soon enough.

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loved it

loved it, great listen. jarvis s voice is incredibly mesmerising.
not your usual band/singer book.

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I need more of this

Could have listened to about 10 more hours of this. Very soothing. Thanks Jarvis. X

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Doesn't really work as an audio book

Wonderful commentary by Jarvis. Interesting concept. But this is definitely one to buy hard copy as you needed to see each artefact and the linked docs are not easily navigable, don't save where you left off. Great to hear about the story of the bad through this lens and about the pop history of my home town of Sheffield too

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Mining the Tortoises of your Mind

Fabulous insight into Jarvis’ world.
Highly resonant to anyone growing up in that era. Great use of audiobook potential to add foley-style effects and other enhancements (why is this so rare in other audiobooks?) Cliffhanger for a part two? let’s hope so!