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Wrote For Luck: Selected Lyrics Reviews

Wrote For Luck: Selected Lyrics by Shaun Ryder

Wrote For Luck: Selected Lyrics

Shaun Ryder

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2 reviews

Category: Music, Non-fiction
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 7 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9780571330935

Here, collected and edited for the first time, in trade and special editions, are his unforgettable lyrics with commentary by the man himself and an introduction by his literary collaborator, Luke Bainbridge. With characteristic understatement, Tony Wilson once compared Shaun William Ryder's lyrics to the poetry of W.

3 stars out of 5
James Walton
9 Mar 2019

"might well be one of the strangest publishing decisions in Faber’s 90-year history"

If you’re unsure whether Shaun Ryder’s lyrics for Happy Mondays and Black Grape really deserve the full Faber-poetry treatment, then you’re not alone...Wrote for Luck does add up to a rich and at times arresting portrait both of the man himself and of the 1980s Manchester scene from which he emerged...The trouble is, of course, that even at their most darkly lyrical, these are the words to songs — which means the best way to appreciate them is to listen to the records...All in all, then, Wrote for Luck might well be one of the strangest publishing decisions in Faber’s 90-year history.


5 stars out of 5
Miranda Sawyer
3 Mar 2019

"unique, hilarious, vicious, oddly logical"

Ryder’s lyrics – or oddball captions – are never straightforwardly descriptive. He captures scenes in little details, or moods... Not WB Yeats, then, as Tony Wilson always claimed of Ryder (Wilson chose Happy Mondays’ Bob’s Yer Uncle, a song about dirty sex, to be played at his funeral). But not captions either. Unique, hilarious, vicious, oddly logical, Ryder’s lyrics are all his own.