“Go and get the guitar”: Ricky Gervais to release The David Brent Songbook

Foregone Conclusion’s new tunes are arriving this August.

Ricky Gervais in David Brent: Life On The Road
Chilled-out entertainer Ricky Gervais is bringing David Brent back for Life On The Road. Image Picture courtesy eOne/Ray Burmiston

Ricky Gervais has announced the release of The David Brent Songbook, the official tie-in for his upcoming The Office off-shoot film Life On The Road.

Blink Publishing will release the book on August 11, a week ahead of the film’s UK cinema release on August 19. The book – arranged for piano, voice and guitar – contains songs “written exclusively” by David Brent.

Gervais said of the Songbook: “This book is a dream come true for Brent. At last, the chance to pontificate about his art and divulge the stories behind such classics as Equality Street, Native American, Lady Gypsy, Slough and Please Don’t Make Fun Of The Disableds.

“Go and get the guitar.”

“Even though this is clearly a humour book, the sheet music is real and the songs are insanely catchy and easy to play. Go and get the guitar.”

Life On The Road will pick up with Brent post-Wernham Hogg as he’s working as a sales rep for cleaning and ladies’ personal hygiene products.

His dream of becoming a rock star refuses to die – he’s still touring the UK with rock band Foregone Conclusion in tow.

Former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows – now a solo musician as well as writing with the likes of Mark Ronson and Tom Odell – is working with Gervais on music from the film. He’ll also play drums on-screen for Foregone Conclusion.

Gervais threaded in Brent’s muso aspirations throughout The Office’s 14 episodes.

Brent summed up his musical philosophy in series two: “People see me, and they see the suit, and they go: ‘You’re not fooling anyone’. They know I’m rock & roll through and through. But you know that old thing of live fast, die young? Not my way. Live fast, sure, live too bloody fast sometimes. But die young? Die old.”

Brent also famously penned a song in tribute to Princess Diana called Free Love Freeway. Gervais later recorded a full version of the track with Noel Gallagher and released it as an extra on The Office Christmas Special DVD.

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