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READ PDF É Educating Peter Þ Peter s mum and dad are worried Over the last twelve months they ve noticed ferocious changes taking place in their son It s not just the mumbling and the cloud of melancholy that seems to hover permanently over his ever militant mop of curly hair It s not even the oversized trousers or the numerous metal chains that hang off them The problem is that Peter, who is fourteen, wants to be a musician a rock star preferably, but anything else that involves a guitar, gets him bags of money and free CDs, and gives him access to unlimited scantily clad groupies will suffice as long as it s not classical Uncoincidentally, ever since the advent of this new ambition, Peter s grades at school have plummeted from very good to somewhere below mediocre What is to be done In the spirit of intellectual enquiry, Peter and music critic, Tom Cox, set off in a Ford Focus on a journey to the dark heart of Britain s musical heritage, to get the inside track on whether being a musician really is a sensible career choice for a teenager They hunt the streets of Cambridge for former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett and have numerous encounters with folkies in tights They explore the wilder shores of prog rock and get up close and personal in a lift with Brian Wilson Tom gives a masterclass in second hand record shop etiquette and finds that Peter is something of a child prodigy Most of all, they drive around, talk about stuff and Peter eats crispsPart coming of age story and part urban travelogue, this brilliantly funny book is a must for anyone who has ever been baffled by a teenage boy Please do not be put off from reading Tom Cox by my low rating and review for this book I have read and extremely enjoyed the books he has written about his cats It was probably the subject matter of this one that didn t resonate with me Most of the music covered in this book is not of my era It made me chuckle a few times and I thought the ending was touching, but otherwise it was pretty boring for me because I don t know much about the bands mentioned. Not sure about this I know I m reading it 15 years late, but it seems like it would have felt dated in 2003 Sorry. Educationg Peter is a good book with a very engaging writing style and a good does of humour I found it a particularly interesting, but also rather disconcerting read because it has aged Tom, our narrator, is a twenty seven year old slowly drifting out of the now music scene, finding he prefers golf and listening to the type of music his parents did such as The Eagles and easy rock He also, too, crosses the road in trepedation at the sight of groups of teenagers in fact states he was rathe Educationg Peter is a good book with a very engaging writing style and a good does of humour I found it a particularly interesting, but also rather disconcerting read because it has aged Tom, our narrator, is a twenty seven year old slowly drifting out of the now music scene, finding he prefers golf and listening to the type of music his parents did such as The Eagles and easy rock He also, too, crosses the road in trepedation at the sight of groups of teenagers in fact states he was rather worried about them even when he was one All of this made me personally identify a lot with Tom as a twenty six year old who too would much rather be playing scrabble than standing in a muddy field or in a sweaty nightclub with a load of drunken so and sos fumbling around BUT at the same time this book is set in 2002 it doesn t make it explicit until close to the end, but it is obviously dated by the characters and their music choices and 14 year old Peter, with his desire for a long black swooshy coat, his love of Slipknot, Nirvana, Puddle of Mudd, his habit confusing to Tom of wearing chains hanging from his baggy jeans, is also me in 2002 I was fifteen and all of my friends did listen to Peter s kind of music, wear chains on our baggies, paint our nails black and so on So, disconcertingly, I personally can look at this book from the two perspectives almosteasily than Tom can, although he tries This made itenjoyable for me although also makes me feel really old It would be interesting to know how people reading it who aren t Tom s age or mine maybe younger readers who identify with a kind of teenage culture after mine and Peter s had its day Overall a well written book, and quite a pleasant read What I am left really wanting to know is whether Tom has looked at the to be opened in 2012 lists