This is a book that has taken me nearly 6 months to read – not because it’s hard, not because it’s boring, just because I’ve enjoyed taking my time. It is a good, conversational, biography covering all of Jools’ life up to 2005/6. The chapters are small so they are easy to read if you don’t have time and the style is fantastic, very conversational, with the occasional off-track moment.
He comes across very much as a gifted musician with humble roots, who moved past the excesses of the music industry and has somehow turned into one of the elder statesmen of the musical world. He’s rarely critical of others, seeing good in many. His insights of the great and good of music are fascinating and his fondness for Paula Yates stands out. Some great anecdotes here, including the time he first met Bob Dylan at George Harrison’s house. His’ humble manner is such that he drops names like Dylan and Harrison with the same love and affection that he recalls pub landlords, and friends and neighbours.
As a great fan of his music, I loved his insights on the music, and those he has worked with throughout the years. I would loved to have seen more on the last 10 years when he has been doing ‘Later’.