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Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes - In Search of Blind Willie McTell
Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes - In Search of Blind Willie McTell
by Michael Gray
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.73

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars thorough but overlong, 16 Nov 2010
Michael Gray's biography of the twelve-string wizard is an extensively researched piece of work, essentially charting the author's journey through record offices, archives, libraries and courthouses. Ultimately, a music biography should concentrate on the artist and his music, but this book seems more concerned with birth certificates and family lineage, rather than the spellbinding music McTell produced from his dreadnought twelve string. There are long sections of the book devoted to the civil war, and to the later battle for McTell's musical legacy. Gray has indeed gone to a great deal of effort, but in the search for his subject you have ask whether he really finds him.


A Member of the Family: Cesar Millan's Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment with Your Dog
A Member of the Family: Cesar Millan's Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment with Your Dog
by Cesar Millan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.29

5.0 out of 5 stars another great book, 12 May 2010
I would say that anyone unfamiliar with Cesar Millan or his methods would be best advised to start with "Cesar's Way". "A Member of the Family" however,to his legion of fans will be an invaluable guide to the practical aspects of integrating a dog into a new pack. One of the most valuable ideas that Cesar conveys is that of choosing a dog by its energy rather than it's breed - you might "want" a challenging border collie when actually you would be best suited to a chilled out greyhound!!! Cesar tackles the importance of the human pack understanding and addressing responsible pack membership. If you've got kids pestering you for a dog then you definitely have to check this book out. There are other chapters devoted to the practicality of living and travelling with a dog, and contributions from Cesars wife and kids also providfe insight. Recommended!!!!


Tyson: The Movie - Ultimate Knockout Edition [DVD]
Tyson: The Movie - Ultimate Knockout Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mike Tyson
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: 9.77

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A knockout!!, 1 April 2010
It may be over twenty years since Mike Tyson ruled heavyweight boxing as the Baddest Man on the Planet, but the former world heavyweight champion has remained a compelling, fascinating and some might say repulsive figure. Unlike many documentaries, which promise to show hitherto unseen aspects of their subject, James Toback's film actually delivers. To his credit, Tyson talks candidly and frankly about his life, boxing and his spectacular fall from grace. Toback skilfully juxtaposes the raging force of nature of Tyson in his early twenties, and the bald, middle-aged ex-fighter of today, with split-screen footage and there are several sequences where Tyson is delivering a voice-over as the camera lingers on his impassive features - you almost feel that you are listening to an internal train of thought that delivers a feeling of unprecedented intimacy.. The fight footage is excellent, including all of his greatest knockouts. For fight fans, a great bonus is the extra disc which shows his early network TV fights and beyond, with the insight of Bert Sugar (editor of Boxing Illustrated) and Tyson's former trainer Teddy Atlas. You won't necessarily come away liking Tyson, but you'll be closer to understanding him.


John Mayer Continuum (Play It Like It Is Guitar) Tab: Guitar Recorded Versions
John Mayer Continuum (Play It Like It Is Guitar) Tab: Guitar Recorded Versions
by John Mayer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of songs, 28 Feb 2010
What can I say? It's a tab book. If you want to play the songs from Continuum you'll buy it. Personally it's my favourite album, containing some of Mayer's most restrained guitar playing and heartfelt lyrics. Being able to play Gravity alone is worth the price on the ticket!!!!!!


Live At Montreux
Live At Montreux
Price: 11.37

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on Rory!!!!!!!, 28 Feb 2010
This review is from: Live At Montreux (Audio CD)
It was after a visit to Cork including a tour of the Rory Gallagher music library and a pilgrimage to his grave that I decided to buy this, just about the only album of his I didn't have. If you've got the other live albums then you have to have this one. The G-man is in his element, demonstrating yet again his versatility and his single-minded desire to strap on his guitar and rock hard. There's a lovely version of "Out on The Western Plain" and some awesome slide work on "Too Much Alcohol", but these are just highlights of a great album by a much-missed talent.


Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS2)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS2)
Offered by STOCKTASTIC
Price: 10.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Episode 3 and a bit!, 15 April 2009
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
The Force Unleashed is a continuation of the Star Wars story, post Episode III. For a virtually dead console, it was a suprise that this came out on PS2, but the creaking old machine handles it with aplomb. You are Darth Vader's dirty little secret, a force-strong Jedi youngling who Vader uncovered during a post-Order 66 galactic mop-up and who has become his hidden apprentice. You basically undertake Vader's dirty work, hunting down the remaining Jedi, revisiting familiar worlds like Kashyyk and Felucia and new ones like the glorified municipal tip that is Raxus Prime. The story is fairly engaging, and you end up achieving a kind of redemption by helping sow the seeds of the rebellion, but the gameplay is repetitive. Once the novelty of being able to levitate pieces of debris and enemy troups and then fling them across rooms, the game pretty runs out of ideas. Defeating bosses is a matter of pressing buttons in prompted sequences and by the end of the game there will be nothing you won't know about filleting a Rancor. There are some nice touches - a wardrobe of costumes and guises to unlock and an upgradable lightsaber, including a customisable blade, but once you've completed it, you wont really want to play it again


Nigel Benn
Nigel Benn
by Nigel Benn
Edition: Paperback

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 2 Dec 2008
This review is from: Nigel Benn (Paperback)
It's fair to say that before Hatton and Calzaghe, Nigel Benn was one of British boxing's premier superstars who captured the imagination of the public, delivering excitement and thrilling knockouts on a regular basis in a time when the cream of British boxing regularly did their thing live on ITV. As boxer I regard Benn as one of Britain's best - a two weight champion who went from a knock-em, sock-em brawler to a ring-wise veteran who made ten successful world title defences.

This book however, fails to deliver. We learn of Benn's early life and the death of his brother Andy. We learn about the wild days of his youth which led to a stint in the army and then a career in the prize-ring. We learn of his sexploits that see him regularly cheating on the women in his life. The fights are described as though he is merely reading his own press-cuttings. How did it really feel to batter Iran Barkley in less than two minutes? You want to know what it felt like to be involved in one of the most primally savage fights ever beamed into the homes of a prime-time Saturday night audience. What did it feel like to walk away with his faculties intact while his opponent was so badly injured that he has never made anything close to a full recovery. Instead, we learn about the cars he's driven and the money he's made. And then there's the end, with Benn in a new relationship becoming a born-again Christian. I'm always deeply suspicious of those who find the light after freely enjoying the bounty of their sinners ways. If you want to a down-to-earth, funny and enjoyable boxing read - go for the Ricky Hatton book!


I'd Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues
I'd Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues
by Stephen Calt
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unsentimental portrait, 8 Nov 2008
Stephen Calt's biography is a scathing reflection of the folk-blues boom of the mid-sixties and of one of its most challenging figures - Skip James. Calt shatters the illusion that the veneration of re-discovered performers was justified. He portrays them as artistically and physically decrepit, ravaged by time and in Son House's case alcohol. You can almost feel Calt cringe as he describes how the wet-brained alcoholic had to be taught his own songs by one of his adorin white acolytes Al Wilson. Calt holds many of the white enthusiasts "blues nerds" who scrabbled in the Delta mud to unearth long lost careers with barely concealed contempt. (It would be fair to say that Calt emerges as nerd to some degree - the chapters on James' song construction and guitar tuning shows that he has analysed those scratchy 78's with a level of detail that is almost clinical)

And then there's James. Calt probably got closer to James than anybody, certainly any white person and the emerging portrait is not an attractive one. James was cold, emotionally remote and mean-spirited; a seemingly bottomless well of contradiction; for example he portrayed himself as a victim of women who wished to bring him down, while he himself had used women in the most cynical sense by working as a pimp.

Calt knew James for the last five years of his life, by which time the brilliant musician of the 30's had become a bitter, ailing old man. When you read this book you will begin to get a better understanding of his music. The high, wailing voice and haunting guitar runs that are the perfect vessels for James to express his deep dissatisfaction of the way life's cards were dealt to him.

While not uplifting, this is an important book which any fan of the blues should read.


Live At Monterey
Live At Monterey
Price: 12.74

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive live Jimi, 13 April 2008
This review is from: Live At Monterey (Audio CD)
Of all his live concert performances, Jimi at Monterey should be an essential part of any Hendrix fans collection. Woodstock? Moments of brilliance in an overlong and under rehearsed set. Isle of Wight? Not perhaps as horrible as they say but still, Hendrix at a physical and creative low ebb. Monterey captures Jimi at an ascendant point in his career. He'd left America a few months earlier, as Jimmy James, an unknown struggling musician, and now he was coming back as the cause celebre of London's music scene, having been embraced by everyone from the Beatles and the Stones, to Eric Clapton and the Who.

This was Jimi's chance to make a name for himself in the land of his birth and he took it with the same sense of purpose of a wannabe taking the stage at talent night at the Apollo. His set was short (compared to Woodstock, which clocked in at over two hours) yet he pulled out all the stops, kicking of with a blistering "Killing Floor" (the song with which he had slain Eric Clapton the previous year) and included his three hit UK singles, "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze" and a tender "Wind Cries Mary". His obvious debt to Bob Dylan was marked by a majestic version of "Like A Rolling Stone" and the set built towards an fiery climax as Jimi's strat surrendered to the flames at the end of "Wild Thing"

Sure, Hendrix would reach greater creative peaks over the course of the coming years, but as a single snapshot of legend being born, this is the CD to rescue if the house is burning down.


Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
by Cesar Millan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.91

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Mar 2008
I bought the book on the strength of the Dog Whisperer TV show and have to say that Cesar's philosophy is so simple that it is untrue. Humans have become so detached and confused about the way they view animals and dogs in particular that it is no wonder dogs develop phobias and other anxiety related problems. Cesar puts over clearly thought-out ideas in such a friendly and easy to understand way that it is recommended reading for any one who is interested in dogs, let alone anyone who owns one!


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