Jarvis Cocker Announces Memoir ‘Good Pop, Bad Pop’

The book will offer insight on Cocker’s ‘writing and musicianship, performance and ambition, style, and stagecraft.’

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Jarvis Cocker - Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns
Jarvis Cocker - Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns

Jarvis Cocker has announced Good Pop, Bad Pop, a memoir in which the music legend will reflect on “20th century pop culture, the good times, and the mistakes he’d rather forget,” according to the book’s description.

The book will offer insight on Cocker’s “writing and musicianship, performance and ambition, style and stagecraft.” It’s out in the United Kingdom on Penguin’s Vintage Digital imprint on May 26, 2022.

It has been a busy and productive period for Cocker. Last month, he released Chansons D’Ennui, an album of Francophone pop covers set to be a supplement to Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch. That project includes a cover of Dalida & Alain Delon’s 1973 single “Paroles, Paroles” with Laetitia Sadier.

Cocker recorded Chansons D’Ennui with the JARV IS… band and it includes the Dalida and Delon single, which went to No.1 in France and was a Top 10 hit in Mexico and Japan.

In September, Wes Anderson revealed a thrilling animated visual for “Aline,” sung by Cocker from the film. Originally written and performed by French singer-songwriter Christophe, the song also appears on Chansons d’Ennui Tip Top.

Following multiple pandemic delays, The French Dispatch premiered to rave reviews at Cannes over the summer. It’s out on October 22, along with Chansons d’Ennui Tip Top and the film score by Alexandre Desplat.

With an original score by Academy Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat, the film’s original soundtrack will be released on CD and all digital platforms. The 2xLP vinyl edition will follow in early 2022.

Jarvis Cocker’s Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top is a tribute to French pop music and a musical extension of The French Dispatch that includes rendering of songs made known by a gallery of great French pop stars, including Dutronc (“Les Gens Sont Fous, Les Temps Sont Flous”), Francois Hardy (“Mon Ami La Rose”), Serge Gainsbourg (“Requiem Pour Un Con”) Brigitte Bardot (“Contact”) as well as songs by Dalida & Alain Delon, Marie LaFôret, Nino Ferrer & Radiah, Brigitte Fontaine & Areski Belkacem, Claude Channes and Max Berlin.

Visit Penguin’s official website for more information on Good Pop, Bad Pop.

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