Book Of Lyrics & Surprise School Assembly Performance From Pulp Frontman

Jarvis Cocker is widely regarded as one of the most original and memorable lyricists and performers of recent decades. Mother, Brother, Lover – his first book – is a collection of seventy lyrics, selected and annotated by the author.

Opening with an essay on the art of lyric-writing, the selection features Pulp classics such as ‘Common People’, ‘Babies’ and ‘This is Hardcore’, as well as less familiar and unreleased songs. Spanning thirty years of songwriting, the collection reveals a unique sensibility: a sometimes visceral, sometimes everyday take on love, relationships and the things that happen when the lights get low.

To celebrate the publication of 'Mother, Brother, Lover' -- Jarvis's first collection of lyrics -- on October 6 2011, Jarvis paid a visit to his secondary school, The City School in Sheffield. Performing on the stage that was the scene of Pulp's very first gigs, he treats the students to a rather memorable assembly, discussing his career and sharing some of his less successful early attempts at the form.


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