JIM BOB FROM CARTER –
I’ve written a book. It’s called ‘Jim Bob from Carter – In the Shadow of my Former Self’. It’s the sequel to ‘Goodnight Jim Bob – On the Road With Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine’ and picks up where that, let’s face it, brilliant book left off. It’s 1997, Carter have just broken up and I’m embarking on a journey (yes journey) into the unknown. I don’t even know what to call myself – Jim, Jimmy, James, the Jimster – or exactly what I’m going to do with my life. The book tells the story of that search for a new identity (I’m like Jason Bourne in that respect).
The blurb on the back says this:
“After the break-up of Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, Jim Bob goes in search of who he is, while constantly being reminded who he was. Whether singing in a disco-pop band, performing solo acoustic ballads, writing novels or acting in a musical, he will always be – Jim Bob from Carter.
At first Jim Bob views his past as a burden and something to escape from, but gradually he comes to accept, and eventually to celebrate it. This is the story of Jim Bob’s extended gap year between the acrimonious break-up of Carter in 1997, to their reformation in 2007 and crimonious break-up again in 2014. Find out how bands choose their names, what it’s like to be sworn at by Ian Dury, how it feels to discover yourself on a pub trivia machine under the category: ‘Where are they Now?’ And why there isn’t a prime time Saturday night TV show called Britain’s Got Authors.”
I’m really proud of this book. I don’t like to big myself up but I believe it’s the funniest music autobiography since ‘XS All Areas: The Status Quo autobiography’. But mine is deliberately funny.
Also. There are still tickets available for my show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on March 23rd. I’ve got some exciting surprises planned. My manager tells me there are only 12 standing tickets left.
Thanks gang. Let’s do this.
Also, our huge deluxe limited edition Carter boxset is out next week!! … 30th November
For the very first time, Carter’s entire recorded output – all 128 songs of it – is gathered together in one place!
That’s all seven glorious hit albums plus two collections of singles, B-sides and cover versions (both now expanded into double LPs), all pressed on coloured vinyl and packaged into a deluxe, silver foiled box.
Overseen personally by Jim Bob and Fruitbat, and accompanied by a 12-page book featuring unseen imagery and album by album interviews with the guys, alongside two exclusive art prints, ‘The Studio Recordings 1988-1998’ is the definitive, deluxe statement on a legendary career.