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In the Sixties
In the Sixties
by Barry Miles
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can remember the 60s, you are probably Barry Miles, 23 Nov 2010
This review is from: In the Sixties (Paperback)
How refreshing, after so many books that either 'imagine' the Sixties or fail to remember much about them at all, to find a book written by someone who WAS there but still remembers. The reviewer who compares Miles to Zelig is spot on, I think. You might only have a vague awareness of who he is, but he seems to have been connected in one way or another to most of the key players of the decade. This fascinating book covers so many topics. The mostly short but always interesting chapters cover such things as the eccentric photographer, journalist, researcher and political activist John "Hoppy" Hopkins, the cult bookshop Better Books, William Borrough's and Allen Ginsberg's visits to England, the activities of Peter and Jane Asher, druggy evangelist Michael Hollingshead, the writer Charles Bukowski, The Pink Floyd's early years, The Fugs, John and Yoko, Brian Jones, Paul McCartney's burgeoning artistic interests, the International Times, UFO, the notorious drug-chasing (and more) policeman Sgt Pilcher, Frank Zappa's visits to the Indica gallery in London, glimpses of assorted Suzy Creamcheeses, a stay at the Hotel Chelsea, some difficult encounters with Allen Klein, the formation of Apple and Zapple and many, many, more. For students of the Sixties, The Beatles, the Underground, the Beats and various other aspects that made the decade so rich and distinctive, this is definitely worth reading.


Who Do You Think You Are? Family Tree Maker Deluxe Edition Version 4 (PC) New Version
Who Do You Think You Are? Family Tree Maker Deluxe Edition Version 4 (PC) New Version

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and easy, 23 Nov 2010
I'm hopeless with these things normally, but this programme works eaily for me and it looks good, too. There are all kinds of graphics and images you can add, and there's also the Ancestry access (good seeing as normally it's a bit expensive to use that place for anything beyond a basic search). The only slight niggle I had with this is that it seems to take quite a while to launch, but that could well be my computer!


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality and fun, 23 Nov 2010
I've been buying Jonathan Aston coloured tights for a year or so now, and they are always good and reliable and the colours are fab. These ones are great on, and the price here is about two pounds cheaper than in many places!


Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders (Oscar Wilde Mystery)
Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders (Oscar Wilde Mystery)
by Gyles Daubeney Brandreth
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight, 21 Nov 2010
It was through Brandreth's diaries that I became drawn to his fiction, and I was delighted by this book. It mixes facts with its fiction in a wonderfully deft and playful fashion, and creates a believeable little world of its own. I won't give away any more of the story that's already been noted, but this moves along at a pleasing pace and is full of wit and clever twists. Excellent.


Ever, Dirk: The Bogarde Letters
Ever, Dirk: The Bogarde Letters
by John Coldstream
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, 21 Nov 2010
The editor has compiled these letters wisely, and the effect is a detailed and unusual insight into a complex man's life and career. I have to admit that I liked him a little less after reading through this - he seemed a snob and a bit mean-minded whilst expecting understanding and support from everyone - but I certainly remained as interested in him as ever. We see him at high and low points, sometimes aloof and sometimes needy, and we see through his eyes some of the colour and detail that informed the great era in which he worked.


Dirk Bogarde: The authorised biography
Dirk Bogarde: The authorised biography
by John Coldstream
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 6 Nov 2010
I have no idea what has happened/is happening with the paperback, as amazon still has it as a 'pre-order' FIVE years after it was supposed to be published! Anyway, I'm very happy with my hardback. The author has researched his subject thoroughly, and writes about his life and career with great sensitivity and fairness, never ignoring the flaws but always appreciating the virtues. This is a fine biography of one of Britain's most intriguing film stars.


Come And Get It: The Best Of Apple Records
Come And Get It: The Best Of Apple Records
Price: 18.92

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab idea!, 4 Nov 2010
What a great idea. An excellent range of material from Apple, all collected together. This is just what I've been hoping for - too timid to buy lots of albums, I can now ease myself into the catalogue, so to speak, and explore many of these artists a little further.


The Divorce Of Lady X [DVD] [1938]
The Divorce Of Lady X [DVD] [1938]
Dvd ~ Merle Oberon
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: 6.06

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 6 Oct 2010
This was so much less entertaining than I'd expected. It is very slow-moving, the acting (with the notable exception of the two stars) is rather arched and the dialogue compares unfavourably with the very sharp, snappy and witty material in Hollywood screenplays of the same period. It is worth seeing, and there are some decent moments, but don't set your expectations high and you might just be pleased. After hearing so much about it for so long, I'm afraid I found it a bit of a let down.


Double Fantasy Stripped Down
Double Fantasy Stripped Down
Price: 11.98

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise, 5 Oct 2010
I doubt I would have bought this had I not heard a sample beforehand, but what an improvement in most of the songs. Apart from 'Woman,' which I always thought worked well as it was, you hear here how good John's voice was when he was working on this album, and how muted the original production rendered it. Here it is as if you're in the production booth, and that brilliant voice comes through so clearly. A revelation.
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The Devil Rides Out
The Devil Rides Out
by Paul O'Grady
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.25

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worthwhile, 5 Oct 2010
This review is from: The Devil Rides Out (Hardcover)
I agree with Mr Ellor's excellent review above. This sags a little in places compared to the tremendous first volume, and feels a little strained. All the same, it is such a relief to read a 'celebrity memoir' that is so distinctively and impressively written. Paul O'Grady is a fine communicator, and seems a decent man as well as a sometimes outrageous character, and this is well worth a read to keep up with his ongoing story.


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