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Britpop Bookshelf: Mother, Brother Lover: Selected Lyrics by Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker Mother Brother LoverJarvis Cocker, of Pulp and solo career fame, is one of the most prolific and witty lyricists of the Britpop movement. In the book Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics, he journeys through three decades of his most memorable songs, offering an introduction and commentary on selected lyrics. If you’ve ever purchased a Pulp album (or Cocker’s first solo), you’ve read the words, “NB: Please do not read the lyrics whilst listening to the recordings.” His lengthy introduction reveals why, and also how he reluctantly became Pulp’s lyricist (in short, out of necessity because he was the singer). Cocker’s lyrics may not have been intended as poetry per say, but reading them alone on a page turns them into such – poetic retellings of Sheffield life, fumbling love, and awkward memories. Mother, Brother, Lover (titled after one of his most-used rhyming scheme, he explains) adds a new layer to Pulp songs, and is a must-have for any Cocker fan.