Elvis Costello has had a career spanning four decades. It’s been a time spent collaborating with some of the biggest names in music and, in the process, earning a huge reputation and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame through his irresistible tunes, witty lyrics and occasional bad behaviour.

This month Elvis releases his memoir Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink. Check out our photo gallery of some rare, never before seen photos taken from the book that depict just a small selection of the notable moments that have made up a quite extraordinary life in music. 

The band play in Ginza on the back of a truck

1978: Elvis and the Attractions played an impromptu show in the middle of a busy street in Shinju, Japan, as part of their Japanese tour. The police didn’t take too kindly to the publicity stunt…

Elvis under arrest in Ginza

…and arrested Elvis and the band on the spot, fining him 4,000 yen (around £10 in 1978 money) before letting him go.

Elvis playing a Rock Against Racism gig at Brockwell Park

In 1978 race relations were particularly tense in Britain, leading to the founding of the Rock Against Racism movement. Here’s Elvis taking part in a huge Rock Against Racism concert in Brockwell Park.

Steve Nieve, Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe arriving at airport

Elvis and erstwhile collaborators Steve Nieve and Nick Lowe arrive at a US aiport while on tour.

Elvis onstage with the Imposters

Elvis on stage recently with Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher: The Imposters 

Elvis Costello Unfaithful Music and Disappearing InkUnfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello (Viking) is out on the 13th October. 

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