Jarvis Cocker to release memoir ‘Good Pop, Bad Pop’ in 2022

The book explores Cocker's "unique life, Pulp, 20th century pop culture, the good times and the mistakes he'd rather forget"

Jarvis Cocker has announced he’ll release a memoir titled Good Pop, Bad Pop next year.

Set to arrive on May 26 through Vintage Publishing, Cocker describes the book as an “inventory”. It’s centred around the former Pulp frontman coming across “a jumble of objects that catalogue his story” while clearing out his loft, with the various ephemera used as a jumping off point to reflect on Cocker’s life and career. Pre-orders are available here.

“From a Gold Star polycotton shirt to a pack of Wrigley’s Extra, from his teenage attempts to write songs to the Sexy Laughs Fantastic Dirty Joke Book, this is the hard evidence of Jarvis’s unique life, Pulp, 20th century pop culture, the good times and the mistakes he’d rather forget,” reads a synopsis for the book.


“And this accumulated debris of a lifetime reveals his creative process – writing and musicianship, performance and ambition, style and stagecraft. This is not a life story. It’s a loft story.”

Last month, Cocker released ‘Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top’, a covers album that saw him performing renditions of twelve French pop songs, serving as a companion to Wes Anderson’s new film The French Dispatch.

Earlier this week, Cocker and Riton shard a new collaborative single titled ‘Let’s Stick Around’ marking the end of the COP26 climate change conference, with Cocker describing it as “the world’s first sustainable banger”.