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Broken Greek
 

Broken Greek (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Paphides, Pete

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'Do you sometimes feel like the music you're hearing is explaining your life to you?' When Pete's parents moved from Cyprus to Birmingham in the 1960s in the hope of a better life, they had no money and only a little bit of English. The opened a fish-and-chip shop in Acocks Green.... The Great Western Fish Bar is where Pete learned about coin-operated machines, male banter and Britishness. Shy and introverted, Pete stopped speaking from age 4 to 7, and found refuge instead in the bittersweet embrace of pop songs, thanks to Top of the Pops and Dial-A-Disc, From Brotherhood of Man to UB40, from ABBA to The Police, music provided the safety net he needed to protect him from the tensions of his home life. It also helped him navigate his way around the challenges surrounding school, friendships and phobias such as visits to the barber, standing near tall buildings and Rob Hull and Emu. With every passing year, his guilty secret became more horrifying to him: his parents were Greek, but all the things that excited him were British. And the engine of that realisation? 'Sugar Baby Love', 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', 'Tragedy', 'Silly Games', 'Going Underground', 'Come On Eileen', and every other irresistibly chilling chart hit blaring out of the chip shop radio. Never have the trials and tribulations of growing up and the human need for a sense of belonging been so heart-breakingly and humorously depicted.
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ISBN 9781529405842
Released NZ 10 Mar 2020
Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781529405842
Stock Available
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 10 Mar 2020
Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
Imprint Quercus Publishing
Released 10 Mar 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Paphides, Pete
Category Biography & Autobiography
Music Industry
Number of Pages 592
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 40mm
Dewey Code 780.92
Weight 720g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Music journalists - Biography - Great Britain
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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