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{ Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll LifeHardcover } Nash, Graham ( Author ) Sep-17-2013 Hardcover
{ Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll LifeHardcover } Nash, Graham ( Author ) Sep-17-2013 Hardcover
by Graham Nash
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very wild tale .., 22 Dec. 2013
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If any man in the rock business has a story to tell it's Graham Nash, because he really has seen it all, from the Everly's in the late 50's through the Beatles at the Cavern and onto superstardom, what Nash hasn't seen isn't worth seeing .. and it's all here in what is a superb read. Highly recommended !!


American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light
American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light
by Iain Sinclair
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smoking !!, 22 Dec. 2013
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The book was every bit as good as I expected it to be. It isn't definitive but anyone wanting to understand the Beats, or be introduced to them, could do worse than to begin here ..


English Electric Part 2
English Electric Part 2
Price: £11.59

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5.0 out of 5 stars The train keeps-a-rollin', 10 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: English Electric Part 2 (Audio CD)
some classic prog rock musicianship but very much at the quieter end of the spectrum .. lovely playing and the bands influences shine through. The Train are on their way ..


Swaddling Songs
Swaddling Songs
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Price: £14.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Swaddling up to it .., 29 Mar. 2013
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This was the only album made by Irish band Mellow Candle and, sadly, did not set the world on fire. But in the folk-rock millieu, it deserves to be heard more widely as the vocal harmonies of Alison Williams and Clodagh Simonds are a delight and songs like "Reverend Sisters" are as good as anything that better known bands like Trees ever put out. If you have an interest in the folk-rock genre and don't know Mellow Candle, this is an album worth investigating.


Rush - All The World's A Stage
Rush - All The World's A Stage
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Price: £7.50

5.0 out of 5 stars The world is now their stage .., 29 Mar. 2013
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Rush are currently one of the biggest names in the Rock canon and this 'live' double, from 1976, captures them at the point where they were beginning to move away from being just another power trio towards establishing their own identity as a formidable band in their own right, with albums like Hemispheres and Moving Pictures. The songs here range from the sappy ( fly by night) to the immensity of 2112, where Rush broke away from the herd and established themselves as leaders in their field. This album is a fitting testament to a band who were, at this time, on the very cusp of joining the big boys and, in my humble opinion, one of the great 'live' rock albums.


Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Psychedelic Folk
Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Psychedelic Folk
by Greg Weeks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well seasoned .., 29 Mar. 2013
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To research, explore and explain the whole story of Acid and Psychedelic folk is a monumental undertaking, but Greg Weeks has done a superb job in so doing and has produced a tome that covers a very wide range range of artists, old and contemporary, and made the whole era come alive with some little known facts about artists and some sparkling anecdotes. I knew some of the artists cited in the book, though I wasn't a huge fan of the genre per se, but the book has made me want to seek out artists I previously knew little or nothing about. I enjoyed the book very much and I recommend it.


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly [DVD] [1966]
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly [DVD] [1966]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £5.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Its all good .., 29 Mar. 2013
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This is the trilogy that made Sergio Leone's name and Clint Eastwood's reputation as a fine actor. The three films have moral ambiguity as their focus and show how man can be corrupted as much by his environment as by his pursuit of wealth. As The Man With No Name, Clint Eastwood gives sterling performances in all three films and set a benchmark few could aspire to equal, with his laconic drawl and aura of righteous menace. For those who like cowboy films that aren't just goodies and baddies, a la John Wayne, you could do worse than check out these films.


The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
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5.0 out of 5 stars The least you can do .., 29 Mar. 2013
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Van der graaf were once described as the 'Dark underbelly of the prog rock genre' and this album gives pointers as to why such a claim was made. From the subtlety of "Refugees" through to the frantic climax of "After the flood", VDGG cover the whole spectrum of the prog genre and do so with a flair that separated them from other similar bands. VDGG also had, in Peter Hammill, someone capable of writing songs that crossed over the whole musical range, and his work is lauded by current prog luminaries such as Steven Wilson and Michael Akerfeld as influential in inspiring a new generation of musicians. Indeed, Hammill was recently voted as being a Prog God in a recent magazine poll. This album, the first official VGG album, shows the beginnings of why this came about.


Back from the Brink: 1,000 Days at Number 11
Back from the Brink: 1,000 Days at Number 11
by Alistair Darling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It certainly was the brink !!, 25 Mar. 2013
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This firsthand account of what it was like to be in the eye of the financial storm that engulfed the economies of the developed world between 2007 - 2010 is a timely reminder of what the real causes of the financial calamity we're currently experiencing actually were, and it gives the lie to the Tories' claim that the whole situation was the fault of the last Labour Government when, in fact, it was the unregulated financial misdemeanours of the likes of Dick Fuld, Adam Applegarth and our own dear sir, now plain ordinary, Fred Goodwin who believed that risk in financial markets could be quantified and minimised, if not actually abolished, and also the fault of financial institutions encouraging people who couldn't afford them to take on mortgages because the bull market in housing was going to last forever. They were encouraged in this belief by the ratings agencies who gave this tomfoolery triple 'A' ratings. Alastair Darling gives us a glimpse of how close the economy came to having cashpoints seizing up because the financial situation of many banks was dangerously close to the abyss. The book is written in an easy style, affording anyone with minimal knowledge of how economies and financial institutions work to understand the real causes of the financial storm still engulfing us. Jargon is kept to a minimum and the book flows from Darling's arriving at the treasury to handing over to the hapless Gideon Osborne in May 2010. If you want an insiders view of how a credit crunch arises and what almost became financial armegeddon, this book is timely and instructive.


The American Presidency, 1945-2000: Illusions of Grandeur
The American Presidency, 1945-2000: Illusions of Grandeur
by G. H. Bennett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.53

5.0 out of 5 stars The Presidency in aspic ?, 7 Mar. 2013
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This is a very thoughtful book about possibly the most important elected office in the world. Its starting point is the changing nature, not just of the Pesidency itself, but also of the expectations surrounding its incumbents. From Truman in the mid 1940's right through to Clinton in the late 90's, the book looks at the idea of the imperial presidency and questions whether the holders of the office have enhanced the Pesidency in the eyes of the world or whether, in some way, the expectations surrounding the office have in some way damaged the institutution itself and, in doing so, impliedly asks whether anyone is capable of being the President the founding fathers hoped for.
What makes this book a positive contribution to the debate about the nature of the American Pesidency is that its written by a British academic, someone able to look at the office and the events it has had to contend with, and to consider them from the outsiders point of view in a dispassionate manner. This has allowed for the author to be subjective in a way an American academic might not be able to. The book is also written in a style that allows the specialist to obtain much that is useful and relevant, but also in such a way that the interested layperson can read and largely understand the line of thought pursued by the author. The author, Dr Harry Bennett, has achieved his aim of making a contribution to the debate about what the Presidency now is in such momentous times.


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