One of the best books about the rock music business I have ever read. Kent's turn of phrase is simply superb. This excellent collection of magazine articles and commentary races along packed full of colourful, acid observations and dry wit. His subjects are some of the most excessive, complex and self indulgent characters in the history of popular music, ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis, Brian Jones, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed to the Happy Mondays and Shane Magowan. Some pieces are more or less taken from interviews he conducted in the 1970s and 80s while others are more reflective and read almost like obituaries (he is particularly scathing about Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious and Phil Spector). The book shows Kent's keen eye for the dark side of the rock business, the drug dependency, financial excesses, celebrity paranoia and insecurity which in many cases led to sickness, bankruptcy and death. Its a rivetting and wholly satisfying read for the rock voyeur.