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Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, the Faces . . . by Glyn Johns
Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, the Faces . . .

gopherprairieexile, November 20, 2014

The two ARMS concerts at Madison Square Garden in 1983 were two highlights of my life for so many reasons, one of which is that the second show was the last show of this incredible mini-tour and Glyn Johns was brought out to take a bow, and I finally got a chance to applaud a man whose work I loved and whose "way" I had admired for years. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves great music and the people who make it, and who enjoys spending time, if you will, with someone of wit, intelligence and a marvelous aversion to BS. Glyn doesn't go into any great detail about things that you'd really wish he'd go into detail about, this is more like a skate through his life than any kind of formidable journey; there are people who are going to be annoyed that he spends less time talking about the Stones so he can spend time talking about Steve Miller, for example, but it's Glyn's book and his story, so to coin a unique and highbrow phrase, if you don't like it, you can lump it. But having said that, he wusses out of addressing a number of things, such as the controversy about how he believed Zeppelin ripped him off after working on their first album -- in fact, I don't think he and Jimmy Page made amends until rehearsals for the ARMS concerts. And the chapter on the Small Faces and Faces is a joke -- Johns has said that he considered Steve Marriott to be the most objectionable little p***k he's ever been in a room with, but you wouldn't know it by this book. And he's called Stewart out, and to my Faces-loving, egomaniac-despising heart's delight, on more than one occasion, but you won't find that in here. And his work with Band of Horses elicits one bland paragraph that's almost written as if he's being forced to write something by his parents. His personal life is all but absent here, and while I don't want to pry, it seems strange that his two wives barely rate a mention and that his two kids' births are marked, but he doesn't tell us anything about them except for when Ethan is grown and becomes a musician and producer like his father. And the way he avoids talking about his brother Andy, a great engineer/producer in his own right, who passed a few years ago after years of battling substance abuse of one kind or another, left me very unsettled -- I really couldn't tell if it was out of pain or shame. And I have to say this -- this book has a horrible cover, I used to see better efforts than this on bootleg VHS tapes at record conventions. But if you don't know about Glyn Johns, you should, and if you do know of him, but not much about him, ditto.
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So, Anyway... by John Cleese
So, Anyway...

gopherprairieexile, November 20, 2014

There's a LITTLE bit of a fast shuffle going on concerning the marketing of this book. I bought and read this because I love John Cleese's work, and I'm interested in him, period, end of sentence. But I assumed, yes, I know, I know, that this book would take in a number of things, and if nothing else, the whole run of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers. Yes, that's what happens when you assume -- the book ends with the first episode of Python. I was wondering why we seemed to be running out of pages! Now I've seen interviews where Cleese said his publisher said it would be a death knell if he called this something like, My Memoirs, Part One, and Cleese wants everyone to know, NOW, that this book doesn't cover Python or Fawlty Towers, and he's terribly sorry if you were mislead. There must have been some backlash, and well-deserved, that was disingenuous at best. HOWEVER, it's not a reason to skip this book. If Cleese had never heard of dead parrots or Siberian hamsters, this is a life and a career worth reading about, and he retains a sense of humor that I, frankly, thought had lost its edge as a result of too much therapy. It's full of people whose work I love -- Graham Chapman, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Spike Milligan, Marty Feldman, and so on. So it is something completely different than you might expect, but read it anyway.
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Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Lila

gopherprairieexile, October 21, 2014

I believe we are all spiritual beings temporarily occupying (dare I say, being held captive by?)a body, and Marilynne Robinson is the embodiment of that concept brought to its highest possible level. Gilead is a life-altering book if you're paying attention at all, and with Home and now with Lila, Robinson is piecing on to that story, and creating a humble world of decency, thought, acceptance, kindness, depth, intelligence, everything that is missing from a society where people actually have to be told not to text while driving, and still do it anyway. In Home, we learn the story of a character discussed in Gilead but from only one perspective. In Lila, we learn about a character from Gilead who we really didn't know at all. Robinson shows us that each person's story is a novel to be told, even if they only make a modest appearance in someone else's story. If you've read Gilead and then Home and are wondering whether Lila is worth it, wonder no more. If you haven't read these books, what are you waiting for? And don't tell me idk!
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Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
Waging Heavy Peace

gopherprairieexile, January 14, 2013

Neil redefines stream of consciousness, but he's redefined so much in his life and career, why not? I do have to admit that sometimes, his penchant for repeating himself got on my nerves, but when you experience a person worth knowing, in person or through his or her expression, whatever that expression may be, something is going to get on your nerves. The question is: is this person worth it? Does the good far outweigh the bad? In this case, of course. This is Neil Young. What a pleasure it was for me to read a book by one of my most cherished musicians which wasn't mostly a catalogue of devastating drug addiction, didn't treat every encounter with every woman over a fifty year period as if it had the significance of the invention of the wheel, or mention the size of Mick Jagger's penis. (I'm looking at you Keith and Pete.) Let me share one quote with you: "Am I too cosmic about this? I think not, my friend. Do not doubt me in my sincerity, for it is that which has brought us to each other now." Would add ten years to my life if I could have coffee with this man.
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The Tenth Moon 1st Edition by Dawn Powell
The Tenth Moon 1st Edition

gopherprairieexile, August 22, 2012

When I read New York Diaries, some of Dawn Powell's entries were included and I liked what she had to say and how she said it so much, I started reading her. It's always a gift to discover a new-to-you author. I also think it's important to note that, not only will I not get to read this book because it's a first edition collector's item with a thousand dollar pricetag, but Dawn Powell was buried in Potter's Field. A little perspective.
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