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No ordinary tale of sex and drugs and rock'n'roll, Cale's story tells of a career working with such disparate artists as John Cage, Nico, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Squeeze, Brian Eno and Andy Warhol, and is sprinkled with revealing quotes from other survivors of the Factory era. Lou Reed is also a major player. The co-founder of the Velvets and Cale's sometimes collaborator, confidant and nemesis, Reed haunts this book from its opening lines. This book seems to be a form of therapy for Cale as he legitimises personal grievances, unpeels his emotions and reconciles the ghosts and demons that frustrate and drive him.
The essence of What's Welsh for Zen? is the question of style versus content and the book itself has a state-of-the-art design with the text presented in unusual formats combined with a huge selection of photographs, drawings, documents, letters and lyrics. --Jane Evans
I have been inspired by John Cale's music for at least two decades, but never knew much of the man. As an adopted Welshie and someone interested in the darker side of Wales I hoped... Read morePublished on 31 May 2010 by Greg Cannon
I devoured this book about one of my musical heroes and have found it good. It's not perfect though, I would have liked more background on some of the albums (people involved in... Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2005 by Peter Uys