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Books by, about or related to Elvis Costello


Da Capo Best Music Writing 2003 Matt Groening (editor), Paul Bresnick (series editor) 2003
The Global Game: Writers on Soccer John Turnbull (editor) 2008


Elvis Costello

Title Author Year Links
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Elvis Costello 2015
Trouweloze muziek en verdwijnende inkt - (in Dutch) Elvis Costello - translated by Marike Groot, Sander Brink, Gies Aalbers, Edwin Krijgsman and Erik de Vries 2015
Musique infidèle et encre sympathique - (in French) Elvis Costello - translated by Valéry Lameignère 2017
Unfaithful Music - Mein Leben - (in German) Elvis Costello - translated by Henning Dedekind, Henriette Heise & Hubert Mania 2015
Musica Infedele & Inchiostro Simpatico - (in Italian) Elvis Costello - translated by T. Lo Potro 2016
エルヴィス・コステロ自伝 - (in Japanese) Elvis Costello - translated by 夏目 大 (Dai Natsume) 2020
Música Infiel y Tinta Invisible - (in Spanish) Elvis Costello - translated by Damià Alou, Antonio Padilla & Pilar Rocío Gómez 2016
Skamlös Musik & Bleknande Bläck - (in Swedish) Elvis Costello - translated by Daniel Gustafsson 2016
Elvis Costello – (Kill Your Idols series) John Aizlewood and David Sheppard (ed) 2000
Elvis Costello: A biography Tony Clayton-Lea 1999
Elvis Costello (Icons of Pop Music) Dai Griffiths 2008
Elvis Costello: A Man Out of Time (published in the USA as Elvis Costello: God's Comic) David Gouldstone 1989
Let Them All Talk: The Music Of Elvis Costello Brian Hinton 1999
Elvis Costello: A Bio-Bibliography - Bio-Bibliographies in Music series James E. Perone 1998
Elvis Costello - A Completely False Biography Based On Rumor, Innuendo and Lies Krista Reese 1981
Elvis Costello: An Illustrated Biography Mick St. Michael 1986
Elvis Costello - The Early Years (ebook - as above with a new foreword by Michael Heatley) Mick St. Michael 2013
Complicated Shadows: The Life and Music of Elvis Costello Graeme Thompson 2005
Elvis Costello: el hombre que pudo reinar (in Spanish) Xavier Valiño 2016 AmazonAmazon.ukinfo

Related artists

Cruel to be Kind – The Life & Music of Nick Lowe Will Birch 2019
"Get Beethoven!" Paul Cassidy 2020
Here Comes Everybody: The Story Of The Pogues James Fearnley 2013
The Big Wheel Bruce Thomas 1995
On The Road ... Again Bruce Thomas 2003
Rough Notes - dancing about architecture Bruce Thomas 2015


Rebel Heart - An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey Bebe Buell and Victor Bockris 2002


Title Author Year Links
Elvis Costello (in Italian) Eleonora Bagarotti 2006
Pump It Up: Elvis Costello's 100 Best Songs (e-book) Jim Beviglia 2013
Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces 33⅓ Franklin Bruno 2005
Elvis Is King: Costello’s My Aim Is True (Pop classics) Richard Crouse 2015
Elvis Costello - (in Spanish) Eduardo Margaretto 1993
The Words and Music of Elvis Costello James E. Perone 2015
Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell and the Torch Song Tradition Larry David Smith 2004


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Elvis Costello: The Illustrated Disco-Biography Geoff Parkyn 1984

Forewords - books with forewords by Elvis Costello

Title Author Year Links
Here, There And Everywhere Geoff Emerick 2007
Such Sweet Thunder - Benny Green On Jazz Benny Green 2002
I Scare Myself Dan Hicks 2017
Every Night Is Saturday Night Wanda Jackson 2017
Honky Tonk Girl: My life in lyrics Loretta Lynn 2012


Title Author Year Links
Elvis Costello: So Far Richard Groothuizen 1983
Going Through The Motions Richard Groothuizen and Kees den Heyer 1987

Lyric books

Title Author Year Links
A Singing Dictionary Elvis Costello 1980
Everyday I Write The Song - (Grumbling Appendix To The Singing Dictionary) Elvis Costello 1983
Elvis Costello: A Collection Of Works Moods For Moderns (in Japanese) Marie Ueda & Erika Yamashita (translators) 1998
Elvis Costello: Testi con traduzione (in Italian) Introduction by P Bertrando 1989


Title Author Year Links
No Sleep Till Canvey Island – The Great Pub Rock Revolution Will Birch 2016
No Surrender - a deadpan farce (film script) Alan Bleasdale 1986
Nefarious Glen Colson 2020
Pointed Portraits Chalkie Davies 1981
The Peel Sessions Ken Garner 2007
Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Life And Works Of Barney Bubbles Paul Gorman 2009
The Dark Stuff - Selected writings on Rock Music 1972 - 1993 Nick Kent 1994
No Action - tolv månader av punk, new wave och extas på Dad´s Dancehall i Malmö (in Swedish) Sven Lindström, Petter Lönegård and
Kjell Magnusson
Olympen - artisterna, publiken, betongen (in Swedish) Sven Lindström 2014
Off-beat: Pub Rock For The '80's Gina Morris 1985
Elvis Costello and Thatcherism: A Psycho-Social Exploration David Pilgrim and Richard Ormrod 2013

Record labels

Title Author Year Links
Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story Richard Balls 2014
The Rhino Records Story Harold Bronson 2013
Stiff Records 1976-79: A Comprehensive Guide To Collecting The Label David Cooper 2012
2 Tone - Before, During & After Lee Morris 2020
Stiff: The Story Of A Record Label 1976-1982 Bert Muirhead 1983


  • In addition to the above, the music and lyrics of Elvis Costello are published as sheet music through the usual suppliers including -
  • The Global Game: Writers on Soccer - includes Elvis' account of playing a concert at UEA, Norwich, England whilst Liverpool FC were playing in the European Champions' League Final.
  • Da Capo Best Music Writing 2003 includes an article that Elvis wrote for Vanity Fair magazine.