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I Could Be Anyone by Matthew Scurfield

I Could Be Anyone

by Matthew Scurfield

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Alternatively contemplative and raucous, I Could Be Anyone takes us into the writer's experiences of growing up in a rigidly academic town and his involvement with seminal radical artists of the decade including Pink Floyd's creator, Syd Barrett. Scurfield describes and accentuates the feelings of isolation and disenfranchisement caused by the rigid conformity of major institutions. Walking home in his neighbourhood as a child past houses owned by the crème of academic society, Scurfield recalls the "inaccessibility and unfriendliness" of these castles of the literati; behind closed doors there lay a complex cycle of "academic one-upmanship"; an exclusive club which glorified those who could and subtly ostracised those who could not. From someone who spends much of his life in the outside lane, we get taken behind the mask for an inside look at yoga, acting, dyslexia and education in the psychological sense.

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"Born into a Cambridge family of outstanding scholars and great engineers, to be shamed and spat out as one of life's failures. Stumbling into the heaven and hell of the sixties crash pad: London, The Arts Lab, Anti University, LSD and Paris. Running from the past always just a beat ahead of the fall. Constantly on the cusp of the extraordinary changes which took place in the theatre in those decades of influence, from Richard Eyre to Steven Berkoff and Theatre de Complicite; glimmers of new possibilities; close encounters with the fledgling Pink Floyd, BKS Iyengar, RD Laing and other key influences of the sixties and seventies. This rite of passage looks at how easy it is to lose a life to fear and yet somehow leaves us with the reality of a simple resolution"--Cover.… (more)

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