An older rich man Alexander intrudes into her life. Eugenia eventually kills him and goes back to skating. It can be read that Alexander represents the corrupting influences of money and sex. The writing style is similar to the imaginative writing of Haruki Murakami. The third section is a short five pages on "Why is one compelled to write? It is interesting and instructional but not essential reading. M Train and Just Kids are the major works all should read. Devotion will be more for completests and those interested in the concept. The author Barry Cain was a reporter for the Record Mirror at that time and saw the unfolding at ground zero.
It's basically an excuse to reframe his columns. Those columns do bring back the crazy heightened tone of the era. In that way they transmit the excitement of that new abrasive music and its purveyors. The rest are dismissed as unworthy. Gee, I loved all those other outfits, so it comes up short there. The last third of the book is new interviews from The best here is Rat Scabies of the Damned.
He remembers and tells many details from stories you have heard through the years. The interview with John Lydon is long but he talks about himself and not nearly enough about ' There's not a lot new or things you don't know, it's about wallowing in the punk of the era. They've gotten college airplay and have some devoted fans.
Brett makes the case that there's great music here and that the man behind the groups, Scott Miller , was a genius of sorts. Some of that seeped into the music. This book is pages of details on the songs, the recordings, the band line ups and the life of Scott. So you have to care a bit.
You also have to put in some time to listen to the music if you haven't done that before. It was a labor of love for Brett. If you are a fan of Scott, this book is sent from heaven. If not, you can use it to get up to speed on this very interesting musician and his music.
Piss Factory changed the course of history for us. Horses was refreshing and the first salvo against the 70's rock doldrums. When she quit rock to just be married for a while I felt perplexed and abandoned. Of course this is very similar to what Patti's hero Rimbaud did. Later she returned to rock and did a few albums and her reputation grew again. Then it seemed people cared about her just because she was herself. Her previous book Just Kids was very successful not just because it celebrated the 70's New York culture but because it was her story too. Now Patti fills large halls just talking about her newest book.
It's great that she is a celebrity now. So many of our punk personalities just sort of came and went as far as the general public is concerned. Now we have the latest book. M Train. It's an unusual book. There's no compelling narrative, to the contrary it jumps from thought to thought on a thread. Patti gives us an insight into where her mind the M Train leads her.
Above all she is a poet and she has a poet's mind. She imbues her chotskies with talismanic power. She wanted to bring rocks from a prison in Africa to Jean Genet because the rocks will somehow contain the spirit of desired place. The prose goes from real world description to fantasies, memories and musings.
At times the writing borders on surreal or has a slightly drunk quality. She's also working out real problems especially the loss of Fred Sonic Smith. We find that she makes her living giving lectures around the world. That seems so perfect for her; living the life of an artist celebrity. Like Just Kids, M Train works because of her sensibilities. She sweeps us along and it's a great read. She's in a unique position and the book is a singularity too.
If you care about her you will like the book. Stiff came into being for the same reason punk came into being: it was a reaction against the corporate rock behemoth. I always knew Jake Riviera was the main guy but it turns out there was a co-owner; Dave Robinson. Riviera left after a few years and it was Robinson who led the label until the end. Robinson had a strong connection to the pub rock scene and Brinsley Schwarz and that explains the Nick Lowe connection. That pub rock to punk period was interesting and the first section on the book covers that.
One running sad joke is the inability of Wreckless Eric to get a hit no matter what Stiff did. Barney Bubbles was one strange guy who did most of the sleeves that we're all familiar with. Strange and brilliant I should add. After a few years Riviera left and took Costello , Lowe and the Damned with him and started Radar records. The book continues as plenty is going on with Stiff till the end in The end is less interesting than the beginning but still quite a tale. This book captures the excitement of those early punk years during the telling of the Stiff story.
It's a good read but I would only recommend it to those with interest in Stiff Records to begin with and if you are this is a fascinating story. Review by Blowfish. Green Day Faq. Do You Have s Band? Lonely Boy By Steve Jones Steve Jones has always come across as the lovable rogue, this book conveys that impression also. Available on Amazon Review by Blowfish. We have been feed record industry stereotypes; phony, opportunistic, eccentric, power hungry…one could go on. Jen's book is here to confirm those stereotypes.
In that sense there is nothing new here. The twist is her breezy and flowing prose that makes it all easy to swallow. Just about the entire page story is told in dialog which presents a problem. Do we think she wrote all the dialogs down? Did she remember it? Did she make it up? At what point between real and made up do we slot this book? I care about this sort of thing so when I read it I was a little reserved about embracing it.
Outside of the record industry machinations she relates her personal relationships during the era which holds interest. You don't get a lot that shows the local scene. She mentions bands, people and clubs but changes the names. I didn't ID some of those. The Middle East for example is given a different name. Also, Aimee Mann shows up time and again. It's a fun read and we can laugh and learn from a distance as she and her career goes through the record industry ringer.
This biography confirms those impressions. His story is not typical of most and no great lessons can be derived from learning the details. All this is to say that this book is for those with enough interest about Alex to spend the time reading those details. I confess I am one who cares. I liked getting the background of his Memphis life. I was also happy to get the story of his resurgence with the interest of the punk movement. Here they talk about Terry Ork and his record company. Not much has been written about that and even here there is just enough to give you an idea of what was going on.
Boston comes into play a few times. They mention that the second set Big Star played at the Performance Center a club in Harvard Square that had a short life was the best they ever did. At that gig backing Badfinger Billy Squier lent them some equipment. Alex also played the Rat a few times in his solo career. Holly George-Warren does a good job. She did lots of research and interviews and you feel like you are getting the real story as much as anyone could. There are lots of twists and turns to his story and many people who he interacted with.
I focused on his time collaborating with Jon Tiven another person who you don't hear much about. Often he was characterized as "tempermental". He would often turn off longtime friends with no compunction. No mental illness is ever mentioned but that's what I would suspect. Through the book you learn his personality and how he lived the way he wanted. Alex died suddenly at age 59 on the way to the hospital complaining of chills and shortness of breath. Do you care enough about the Box Tops , Big Star and those solo albums to want to know the background? You decide.
The family moved to Australia then NYC. He came to Boston to go to Harvard. As much as Boston claims him he seems to be a NYC person. He lives there now. There is about a 30 page stretch where he talks about the early Boston days. What I love about the book the most is the insight into what a less than blockbuster act goes through on the road and in its business dealings.
The thing about Wareham is that he is blunt. He's blunt about his band, band members, record companies, Boston and himself. This makes for provocative reading. I don't think I'd want to be around him for any length of time though - too harsh. Surprisingly he talks of empty clubs on his tours with Luna despite them being well known. A lot is written about things as they tour and he makes it interesting by keeping things balanced. There are no repetitive and boring tour excess stories.
He keeps the spotlight on the music except for his early years and then the affair with Britta the gorgeous bass player that broke up his marriage. Other musicians' autobiographies I've read talk about everything but the music Eric Clapton. Wareham talks about the songs and the lyrics and how they were inspired and created. Near the end of the book he talks about playing the Middle East where he played scared at the beginning of his career.
Now more confident going "back to Cambridge was like going back to the old house I lived in as a child, which is somewhat pleasant but slightly depressing, too. The book ends with Luna's breakup. In the end it's intelligent and interesting and a good addition to rock lit. The Sound of Our Town. By Brett Milano This had to be done - a complete story of the rock that has come out of Boston. Brett did the heavy lifting.
I didn't know about the G-Clefs or the under the radar rockabilly act Gene Malthais with his song Gangwar. Almost every other act and era I know most of the story but I enjoyed reading Brett's analysis.
Geils , Robin Lane , etc. The sixties music is always fun to read about; The Remains , The Ramrods , and the Boston Sound ; eventually leading into Aerosmith in the early seventies. The punk era is what we really care about and Brett gives it plenty of room.
He seems to cover everything and everybody. By the dawn of the eighties the bands proliferate so much that he couldn't be a completest but he manages to get most of the people you can think of. The book is published in so he ends with the scene at the Abbey. It's a must have for all fans and would be the go to book for those who got to the scene late or just want the whole damn story. Morrissey By Morrissey If you are not a fan of Morrissey you should move along now; there's nothing for you here. Fans, however, will be riveted with the tales of childhood, the outrages slags he loves to throw and the insightful capsule reviews of the people and music he loves.
He writes about the things he sings about which is probably the way it should be and that helps us see clearer what we sort of know. The first example is that early schooling that seems to have been abusive, well yes, big time corporal and mental abuse that the Moz cannot let be.
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He goes on about it for a while. He is Manchester to the bone. He makes so many references to English culture I was googling names constantly.
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It's a whole other set of artists, songs and authors that mean next to nothing to an American. I took it as a chance to find out about them. As far as his personal interactions goes his writing manages to be both ambiguous and ambivalent which is a mind bending combination.
No matter how much he writes you still just don't know what to think. When he talks about music he's very sharp and that was some of my favorite bits. The ending section of the book he talks about his big tours and records in very general terms. One jaw dropping moment he talks about his gig at Lowell Memorial Hall and the city. He claims to be "seduced" by it and asks, "Would they let me stay? Maybe it has that mill-town feel like Manchester that he is relating to.
There's lots more in this than I can talk about but all fans will love this pointed and lively autobiography. Next Big Thing By Terry Kitchen People have threatened to do this from the beginning; that is write a novel centered on the Boston scene.
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Forward 30 plus years and here it is. So, right there it is congratulations to Terry Kitchen who was in Loose Ties and knows the ins and outs of the scene and nails it. No pussy footing around he makes the story one of a band from out of town working their way through the club scene, a perfect way to name check places and to put you in familiar situations.
Along with the band story is the romance. Pistonhead by Hauck see below covers some of this territory but didn't have the wealth of detail as this.
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His clever trick is making the story unfold in two time frames - one from '81 to 83 the other ' That way you get to see the early dreams versus real life. The band starts on the North Shore and you get many references from there like Dogtown. Later they live in Brighton. You get the early band drama at the beginning of the novel then the local references really pick up at page He has characters getting excited at their first trip to Kenmore Sq and the Rat.
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He gets the details right and it all adds to the veracity of the tale. When someone goes into a record store he makes sure someone asks to check their bag. This is where Terry shines. There's people out there, like me, that care about that similitude. The band progresses and ends up in the Bean Pot a stand in for the Rumble. This is very good for a first novel. There is enough drama and romance to keep the story going. Terry makes the stressful dynamics of being in a rock group painfully real. So I kind of was prepared. I had arranged a really nice house in Kingston.
And we had a. I neglected to say that the reason that we went there the first time was to write an article for The New York Times. But this was seen by an editor at Doubleday and she gave me and my photographer friend, Peter Simon, a pretty good advance. But it was mostly just the music.
So there was this tension in Jamaica. So there was this. It was really a contentious. But… Did they take you in? Oh, very much so, yeah! There were also people who were saying that we were there to steal their culture. We were young and dumb, you know? Wings was incorporating it, and everybody had to have their reggae song. Everybody had a reggae song! Even Led Zeppelin tried to, had a crack at it, you know?
I can do this as a living! And then after that, I did a book called Reggae International. After that, I started working with Bob Marley on his memoirs, interviewing him, and then he died. I can get you. Danny Sugerman and someone else, and the operating premise of this book was that Jim was still alive somewhere, waiting to return like Osiris or the Imam or whoever. And that was it, that was my course, write the legends of these guys.
The next one was, I went on tour with Led Zeppelin for a while and out of that came Hammer of the Gods, you know, still in print 32 years later. And then I started getting calls, my agent started getting calls from people like Levon Helm and Mick Fleetwood and Michael Jackson to do. So I did that for 10 years, then went back to writing about bands.
You did that with him too, right? Yeah, it was a ghost, I was the ghost writer. And a lot of fun. Mikey, you know? You did have a good time? I had a real good time and he was real nice to my family, too. But he is still alive. Okay, Steve, yes bring Lily.
Yeah, Bubbles is, last time I checked, which was maybe 18 months ago. Bubbles is alive and retired. Oh man. So, spending all this time. I tried. And it was just this. And so, I wrote to. So, I have never approached anybody. Famous photographers, famous actors, and stuff like that, and I turn them down. It was a nice offer. Absolutely, yeah sure. I could have learned to love Gaga, I suppose. This is like, maybe 10 years ago.
They were getting back together and they wanted to write a book. And then I started listening to Duran Duran and I realized that this was a pretty amazing product. And it was product too, it was music, but it was product. Then I went to England and did a little tour with them and I realized—and I had never known—what a great band they were live; incredible band live. And it worked out pretty good with Aerosmith: they made a lot of money! The book was called Walk This Way.
That would b a pretty interesting read. I did! Thank you so much for that. Well, thank you very much for going to all those shows. Oh, it was a blast. That was fun. Whatever that means! Lindsey Solo, which was very interesting.
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We saw Stevie at The Pavilion. No, we went to that together! No, I went by myself and reviewed it for The Metro. You went by yourself right after the marathon bombing. So yeah, there were more things than even I remembered. So, thank you. No problem. There were old ladies her age, their daughters in their thirties and forties, their daughters between 12 and 16 or so, and then the gay guys who were actually dressed like Stevie. A lot of them.
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Right, right. No, I like that though. Night of a Thousand Stevies, right? Night of a Thousand Stevies. Right, exactly. Mostly your age. Or younger, not much older. The Gold Dust Woman , five years. It was five years? Yeah, but my wife died in the middle of it. But I kept researching, I kept doing all the research while she was ill. Like whiskey. Your agents, too?
Were they understanding? Yeah, we tried to buy the book back from St. Well, what is the next thing? Maybe Boston. The funny thing about Boston is that everyone that even approaches it gets sued. The principal of Boston is. At in the morning, I got. It took five hours for a libel lawyer [to get in touch]. Yeah, yeah. Good luck. Good luck, son. But on the other hand, you know, maybe, you know, there are other ideas, you know? I mean, maybe a Duran Duran book would work. People like reading about. Robert Plant since Led Zeppelin.
With all these books and spending all this time either with these people, physically, or immersing yourself in their music, which artist do you still find yourself going back to? Well, I wish Bob Marley was still alive. He had a great laugh, you know? Anyone I worked with I enjoyed spending time with, some more than others.
Obviously, Levon Helm was a gas. We went down to. Mick Fleetwood, you know, snorting cocaine in Malibu for a year. Aerosmith, I went around the world with Aerosmith. I was like embedded. Private jets, five-star hotels, and they were doing it sober! You know, Western alcoholics. Frankfurt, Germany, I went to AA meetings. Your Email required. Website optional. Magazine WordPress Theme by. All Rights Reserved — in this world and all others. The Sci-Fi Fanatic. Cancel reply. Your Name required Your Email required Website optional. Search Slicing Up Eyeballs.