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Elvis Costello Writing His Memiors, Prepping Stage Musical
Friday, August 30, 2013
Elvis Costello Writing His Memiors, Prepping Stage Musical
Elvis Costello is keeping busy these days as he preps for an upcoming acoustic tour, releases his first collaboration with the Roots, and finally writes his autobiography. Costello spoke about the process to Mojo, and explained, "It's not a typical memoir because there's an account of you on the Internet now, so why would you argue with that? The only thing of value would be something nobody else could possibly know, because it's in your head."
 
Costello's long and storied career finds him working on new tunes for an upcoming musical adaption of his 1998 album with Burt Bacharach, Painted From Memory. He revealed an important lesson he learned in his years as a working songwriter and performer: "You've always got people walking in and out of the door, unless you're in the business of trying to rule the world and having as many people as possible like you for the most basic reasons. That's not a musical vocation. That's how you become Mussolini."
 
Costello told us that for him writing an autobiography has nothing to do with gossip or evening any old scores: "I'm not gonna tell anybody anything. If it's disgruntled, bitter, ex-band members or people who've known you at some time in your life telling tales, that's between them and their conscience. But it's not something I'm gonna join in with. I am gonna write a book, but I think the things of value that I feel that have happened to me have to be described in a way that's more creative than that, and less self-serving."
 
On September 17th, Elvis Costello releases his latest album, Wake Up Ghost, which marks his first collaboration with the Roots.
 
UPDATED: Elvis Costello North American tour dates (subject to change):
September 13 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center 
November 2 - Burlington, VT - Flynn Center For The Performing Arts 
November 3 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theater 
November 4 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center 
November 6 - Troy, NY - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 
November 7 - Ithaca, NY - State Theatre 
November 8 - New Haven, CT - Shubert Theater 
November 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theater 
November 11, 12 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre 
November 14 - Kingston, NY - Ulster Performing Arts Center 
November 17 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre 
November 18 - Portland, ME - State Theatre 
November 19 - Orono, ME - Collins Center For The Arts 
November 21 - Storrs, CT - Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts 
November 22 - Washington, DC - Lisner Auditorium
November 23 - Easton, PA - State Theatre Center For The Arts 
November 25 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts 
November 26 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center

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