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White Rooms and Imaginary Westerns: Ginsberg, Clapton and Cream an Anarchic Odyssey Hardcover – Illustrated, 25 Sep 2010


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (25 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906779201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906779207
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'His journey through music, poetry, drugs and love...the ideal ingredients for a jolly entertaining autobiography' Manchester Evening News 20100904 'In his progress to the rock 'n' roll hall of fame he has met all the iconic figures of Sixties counterculture...Those who did the Sixties properly will be delighted to have their memories restored' The Times 20101120

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Pete Brown was a Beat poet in the 1960s before going on to co-write songs with Cream and later Jack Bruce, as well as working with many others.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Right Reverend on 25 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
A sizeable chunk of my cd collection is taken up by albums involving Pete Brown and his Battered Ornaments/Piblokto,Jack Bruce,Graham Bond,Viv Stanshall and Dick Heckstall Smith in one guise or another and also my first proper gig was seeing Pete Brown and Piblokto ( Aeroplane Head Woman and all ) in the dark ambience of a club called Henry's Blueshouse in Birmingham in the 70's, so this book was more than of an interest to me.The best parts for me are the descriptions of Pete Browns personal relationships with not only his fellow musicians but with also his mother and father,his family and his upbringing.I must admit that I would much have preferred to read more about how his lyrics and musical collaborations came about rather than anecdotes about his drug and alcohol intake ( some comical others just seriously plain scary ) and his insatiable appetite for women which is probably overdone.I did squirm a little when I read ( Pete Brown referring to Mary Wilson who had invited him and his now wife to a Motown revival show at Wembley )'Mary,who might have fancied me a little, though I can't be sure....'.Although I never did quite see behind this and my image of Pete Brown,this book did enlighten me and increase my knowledge of the various beat poets that existed and he acquainted.I did sometimes find it quite hard work to keep up with many of the names mentioned throughout but for all his rants about Thatcher,punk,tv soaps and Stock,Aitken and Waterman ( I can't disagree with him on that last lot )and while overcoming his insecurities and anxiety attacks, Pete Brown has provided us with a rather informative and enjoyable piece of work here.Any author who can incorporate and mention that wonderfully strange film ' Gonks Go Beat ' in any capacity definitely deserves some kind of recognition.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alisdair Fleming on 15 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a very interesting read. Pete Brown writes in an easy and engaging style which makes the book difficult to put down. Brown is most famous for his long association with Cream and in particular Jack Bruce. As a fan of Jack's I was very interested in this aspect of the autobiography and found this book a lot more informative about some of Bruce's past than either of his 2 biographies! A lot left "unsaid" by Brown, said a lot about the person that is Jack Bruce! Lots of other informative inside stuff about the music biz from the late '60's up to the present, make this book a great read.
(I always hate to be negative about individual's creations, but Pete's choice of cover is a real stinker!! Don't let it put you off!!)
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My husband is a huge fan and really appreciated this! Any fan of Pete Brown's would be happy to receive this,
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bring_back_the_60s on 7 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
I brought this book expecting a lot of Pete Browns insight into Eric Clapton & Jack Bruce and Cream as the book actually is called. I was somewhat disappointed with the few pages where Cream do get a brief mention and very very little is mentioned about Eric Clapton at all.

The book is 99% about Pete Brown's bands, his lovers, his music, his Jewishness, his very close relationship with Dick Heckstall-Smith (mentioned a lot) and his family.

I found this book not as interesting as I'd expected, however some historic musical events were covered and these sort of things are what I like to read about so I can give it 2 stars for that.

Conclusion: If you are wanting an insiders view about Cream this is NOT the book. If you want to read a book about Pete Brown and his personal musical journey and life then this may be the book for you.
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