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Reviews of "A Cure for Gravity"

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"Jackson can write. He has almost as acute a sense of how to shape a simple but emotive sentence as he does a pungent melody line ... He is one of those people without whom life would be duller and greyer. He's written some great pop songs and recorded some great albums. Now he's come up with a great rock memoir."
The Observer (UK) 24 Oct 1999

"Jackson is a terrific writer, full of snappy phrases, bumptious opinions ... and a gauche charm of sorts ... grand fun."
Q (UK) Oct 1999

"Wise, funny and honest, A Cure for Gravity charts his life to the point where the career takes off ... hugely informative on music and the ways of working with it, as well as how to stay true to your beliefs."
The Sunday Telegraph (UK) 3 Oct 1999

"Jackson is an easy, natural writer ... the book is worth reading for its style alone."
Publishers Weekly

"Straightforward, self-effacing and wonderfully detailed, this is an account of one man's love affair with music. Joe Jackson is as adept on the page as he is between the grooves."
T. C. Boyle, author of The Road to Wellville, The Tortilla Curtain and Riven Rock

"Hilarious, warts-and-all revelations of the unsung 'almost-but-didn't-make-it' bands who continue to haunt the motorways of Britain in clapped out Transit vans."
Ann Donald in the Glasgow Herald (UK)

"A Cure for Gravity should be required reading for anyone who's ever attempted to start a band ... And even those who've only thought about it as a passing fancy will find much delight in this touching musical journey."
Kirkus Review (US)

"A beautifully observed, evocative and touchingly real account of a life sustained, through the worst of times, by an enduring, enquiring passion for music."
Alan Stewart,

"Honest, funny, wise and inspiring; tells you more about music and the love of music than a shelfful of textbooks ever could."
Iain Banks, author of The Bridge and The Wasp Factory

"His hectoring, lecturing tone [is] the only flaw in an otherwise engaging, unfailingly honest book."
The Irish Times (IE) 22 Oct 1999

Lyric quote taken from "The Verdict"

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