Walthamstow Rock 'n' Roll Book Club are delighted to welcome Tracey Thorn to Waltham Forest to celebrate her wonderful new book, Another Planet.
In a 1970s commuter town, Tracey Thorn’s teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school coach not arriving.
Before she was a bestselling musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties, meaningful conversations, and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living.
Returning more than three decades later to Brookmans Park, scene of her childhood, Thorn takes us beyond the bus shelters and pub car parks, the utopian cul-de-sacs, the train to Potters Bar and the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children, the children who wanted none of it. With her trademark wit and insight, Thorn reconsiders the greenbelt post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and so many artists have come from.
Tracey will be in conversation with Miranda Sawyer.
Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club, may be one of the borough’s best kept secrets. They have been hosting unique and fascinating events with leading authors and musicians since 2015. Past guests include Paul Morley, Shirley Manson, David Hepworth, Brix Smith, Gina Birch, John Niven, Miranda Sawyer and many, many more!