Saturday, May 18, 2013

Gig: The Life and Times of a Rock-star Fantasist by Simon Armitage (Viking 2008)

On The Road 9

A reading in a cinema complex in Sheffield for the Off the Shelf Festival, followed by a Q & A session on contemporary poetics and related literary topics:

Me: OK, one last question.
Man: In a fist fight between you and Jarvis Cocker, who'd win?
Me: Er . . . I've never met him, but from the pictures I've seen I'd have to fancy my chances.
Man: He's outside.


mikeovswinton, and the spirit of cannonball etc said...

Simon Armitage? The pillock who said all saxophones should be steamrollered? Arse. Come on, you can do better than that.

mikeofswinton, channelin John Coltrane for christ's sake said...

"Rounded up and disabled". In that book. Come on.

Darren said...

In this book? What page? What paragraph? What line?

I specifically picked it up because it was a light read, so I probably wasn't paying as much attention as your good self. And because I don't have an especial love for for the saxophone, my antennae - and hackles - wasn't up for such commentary.

I like Armitage's fiction and non-fiction. I just wish I could get my head round poetry.