Review: Elvis Costello's 'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink,' a Memoir

Mr. Costello’s book, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink,” manages to be all these things, and a pint of Guinness and a bag of chips. It’s streaked with some of the best writing – funny, strange, spiteful, anguished – we’ve ever had from an important musician.

Elvis Costello has a new memoir, and it's even better than Bob Dylan and Keith Richards's books

In a world littered with uneven (and largely ghosted) celebrity memoirs, “Disappearing Ink” is a beautifully written revelation. Dare I blaspheme by declaring I liked it even more than the excellent memoirs produced by Bob Dylan and Keith Richards? Costello embraces the basic qualities of good storytelling: the use of detail, tension and humor. At 672 pages, “Disappearing Ink” is actually a breeze.

Elvis Costello's new memoir "Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink" will be published on Tuesday 13th October

The idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic.

Elvis Costello Has Created A Soundtrack Album To His Memoir That Will Include Hits, Favorites And Two Unreleased Tracks

Elvis Costello has compiled a 38-track, 2-CD set 'Unfaithful Music &
Soundtrack Album' (UMe, October 9th) as a companion to his memoir
'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink' (Blue Rider Press/Penguin Random
House, October 13th).

"A Great Artist Speaks"

In 2014, T Bone Burnett brought musicians Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith together to record a series of newly discovered Bob Dylan lyrics written just before the recording of his revered album with The Band, The Basement Tapes. These sessions were documented by acclaimed documentarian Sam Jones and turned into the Showtime documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued. We talked with Jones about the project’s origins, the stories he aimed to tell and what was cut during the editing process.