Jarvis Cocker has written a book with the clever title, Good Pop, Bad Pop. What inspired the former Pulp frontman and Britpot icon to write his fist memoir? Well, he told Brendan O'Connor, it all started with an attic which he’d been planning to clear out for about 20 years:

"What I decided, which I’m glad about now because this is what the book is based on, is that instead of just chucking it all in a skip, I decided to look at every object, take photos, try and remember why they were there and, as time went on, I realised it was telling me a story, which turned out to be my own life story."

So, the contents of Jarvis’s attic – or loft, as he prefers to call it – became the basis for a memoir with a difference. The Guardian put it rather well in their review when they called it A History of Jarvis in 100 Objects. And what kind of objects did Jarvis catalogue from that loft? Well, Brendan doesn’t tread particularly carefully when he puts it to Jarvis that they’re the sort of things some people would consider to be junk.

"This is one the things that spurred me on to write, I suppose, that thinking, why have I kept hold of all this junk?"

One item that many might consider junk is a copybook in which the 15-year-old Jarvis had written down his masterplan to take over the world with a band called... Pulp.

"Yeah. As I say, that was one of the things that convinced me that it was worth going through the stuff in the loft and sifting through it because there could be other things like that, because I’d forgotten about this book."

How does it happen that a 15-year-old writes a future for himself that actually comes to pass?

"Basically, it was me kind of doing a, a kind of what nowadays you would call positive visualisation of my future career as a pop star. So I thought, you know, the group’s going to get – weirdly, it starts with a guide to what the group’s going to wear. There’s this guide to the Pulp wardrobe, where all the members of the band are going to wear duffel coats and C&A crewneck jumpers."

Not the greatest gear for playing pack indoor venues with lights and crowds and elaborate choreography. Still, the young Jarvis’s masterplan included details on how the band were going to get famous and then set up their own record label – freeing other artists from the grip of the major labels – as well as having their own radio station. Cut to the 90s and the 30-year-old Jarvis is the lead singer of Pulp, whose album Different Class got to number one in the UK album charts and which spawned four top ten singles. Not a bad masterplan.

"Ideas that you have when you’re really young, they tend to go into your mind and – maybe it’s because your mind is forming, or whatever – and they really stick there and you’re kind of not aware of them because they’ve been there for so long. So, I think this idea that I saw, in some ways, pop success as some sort of trojan horse where you could sneak in some kind of subversion, or whatever, I think it stuck with me."

You can hear the full conversation between Brendan and Jarvis Cocker – including how Pulp got to headline Glastonbury in 1995 – by going here.

Good Pop, Bad Pop: An Inventory by Jarvis Cocker is published by Jonathan Cape.