Neil Tennant: One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem
Neil Tennant: One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

Neil Tennant: One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

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Faber, 2018, 272 pages

* Copies at ICA London include a letterpress print produced to celebrate the publication of Neil Tennant’s collection of lyrics One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem. The lyrics from the chorus of ‘Left to My Own Devices’ selected by Neil Tennant. *

“…Over a career that spans four decades and thirteen studio albums with Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant has consistently proven himself to be one of the most distinctive of contemporary lyricists. One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem presents an overview of his considerable achievement as a chronicler of modern life: the romance, the break-ups, the aspirations, the changing attitudes, the history, the politics, the pain…. The landscape of Tennant’s lyrics is recognisably British in character: restrained and preoccupied with the mundane, occasionally satirical, yet also yearning for escape and theatrical release. Often surprisingly revealing, this volume is contextualised by a personal commentary on each lyric and an introduction by the author, which give a fascinating insight into the process and genesis of his writing…