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In the Shadow of my Former Self

Jim Bob from CARTER USM in conversation.

‘Jim Bob From Carter (In The Shadow Of My Former Self)’ documents Jim’s ongoing journey as a solo artist and author – a man in search of who he is, while constantly being reminded who he was.

Saturday 9 Nov  |  4.00pm

Whether he’s singing in a disco-pop band, performing solo acoustic ballads, writing novels or acting in a musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it’s clear he is still, for many people, Jim Bob from Carter. At first Jim sees this legacy as a burden and something to escape from, but gradually he learns to accept, embrace and eventually celebrate (hooray!) his glorious past.

His autobiography is a funny music book – the funniest music book ever written, according to the author – about Jim Bob’s extended gap year between the acrimonious break-up of Carter in 1997 to their eventual reformation in 2007 (and crinomious 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’.

There’s also the usual boring stuff about lyrics and a few music business clichés, like earlier in this blurb where the word ‘journey’ was unnecessarily used. Jim Bob is now a successful author (Storage Stories, Driving Jarvis Ham, and two Frank Derrick books) and solo artist, both on record and in concert (Carter material guaranteed).

He lives in that London.

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