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No One Here Gets Out Alive: The Biography of Jim Morrison
No One Here Gets Out Alive: The Biography of Jim Morrison
by Jerry Hopkins
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book about The Doors..., 22 May 2013 someone who wasn't actually a playing member of The Doors. Sugerman (RIP) was certainly a member of the Doors "family". He was taken in as a teenager by Morrison as the mail room / fan club envelope opener and became part of the Doors business, such as it was in the 60's. In this supporting role Sugerman got to know them all, and especially Morrison. Sugerman was close to the centre of The Doors maelstrom. He therefore became a part of The Doors story, able to look from within through his experience in the 60's and able to look into the heritage they'd created when the music was finally over. He breaks the book into three sections, the Bow is Drawn, The Arrow Flies and the The Arrow Falls. For me the first section is the best - the tales of Jim's schooldays make excellent reading based on interviews with Jim's childhood buddies. If you are interested in books about The Doors by people who were actually playing members of The Doors then also take a look at Ray Manzarek's (RIP) book Light My Fire and also John Densmore's book, Riders on the Storm. Manzarek's is the rose tinted version of events. Densmore's is the uncompromising story of the tainted rose hell-bent on self-destruction. Sugerman's book is therefore the third best book about The Doors. And when you've read all three, you'll be pretty genned up on the inner workings of one of the greatest bands of the twentieth century.

The Man Comes Around
The Man Comes Around
Price: 6.79

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not an album, it's an experience, 9 Mar 2007
This review is from: The Man Comes Around (Audio CD)
Part of Rick Rubin's (Producer of the American recordings) stratgey for re-leaunching Johnny Cash's career was to strip away everything that was not essential to what he was saying. In the same spirit, I'm not going to write more than a handful of words on this album. Besides, it doesn't need any more than that. Here we go then: This is a simply stunning set of recordings.

Black Knight: The Ritchie Blackmore Story
Black Knight: The Ritchie Blackmore Story
by Jerry Bloom
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good inside track, 15 Jan 2007
Blackmore is a notoriously secretive character and in "Black Knight" Jerry Bloom has done a good job of pulling together almost everything that is available in one way or another without formal input from TMIB himself. This includes a range of magazine reviews, a generous helping of personal stories from ex-band members, friends and management plus some of his own anecdotes as an acquaintance of Blackmore's. He suggests he is a friend of Blackmore's so clearly, if he values that friendship, which I'm sure he does, then what's in the book must be pretty reliable. The book is a balanced account of Blackmore's 50 odd years of making music. Each period is dealt with in equal detail. I for one found the early years covering his late teens and early twenties as engrossing as the more famous 1969-1981 period. All the ups and downs from the Rainbow years are well documented and often very funny. They include comments from many of those who didn't cut the mustard and got the bullet - some before they ever appeared on record. I don't think Bloom has fudged anything - most of what's there seems to stack up and cross-reference with other information available. Bloom is well informed as the editor of one of Blackmore's key fanzines for many years - so he avoids the obvious and well-ploughed narrative.

A good read - I got into trouble with the missis for not being able to put it down - even when the kids were screaming.

Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story
Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story
by Dave Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Narrative, 13 May 2005
Dave Thompson's account makes a good narrative history of DP from the early training grounds (Maze, MI5, Artwoods, Roundabout)through to the present day (Morse, Airey, Bananas). Thompson doesn't fall into the trap of focussing only upon the highly popular and most revered Mk II set up, instead he offers a balanced review of each incarnation of DP through its extensive 35+ year history. Pete Frame's family tree coud have been the "plot" around which this book was structured - but that it inself is no bad thing. For every root and branch he successfully sets musical development of DP into the context of the prevailing musical environment. The acknowledgements claim direct input from DP members, plus others who were in or close to the DP family and there is good in-depth input from the likes of Roger Glover. There aren't many "Wow, I never knew that!" moments - more "oh, so that's why they did what they did". All in all it's a very comprehensive history of the band and good value for money.

An Autobiography (Trailblazers)
An Autobiography (Trailblazers)
by David Ogilvy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 25.51

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars List of ingredients for advertising genius, 4 Nov 2003
P>This book is an autobiography - so to some degree it is bound to be self-centered. But most importantly, the book is about a whole lifetime from childhood to old age, and not just about advertising. Ogilvy did not found O&M until 1949 when he was the aged 39 - by which time he'd already been sent down from Oxford, served as a chef, a farmer, an Aga salesman and a secret agent. Given that his active role at O&M began in 1949 and ended in the mid-eighties when WPP bought O&M, it means that Ogilvy spent something like 36 of his 88 years in advertising. That's about 40% of his life, which is roughly the amount accorded to the subject in this book.
Ogilvy once said, "It pays to be imaginative in your hiring". I think the point he is making in this book is that without a colourful life, you cannot be a colourful advertising man. Or at least having a colourful life makes for a better advertising man (person etc). To me, that's the whole point of these reflections.
In that context perhaps a list of favourite plants and recipies has some meaning. On the other hand, he may just be saying and whilst I was going all THAT, these are the 'little things' that I really enjoyed in life.
For me, this is a great read if you want to find out more about the man who created some of the most memorable campaigns of his time.

Back In The World
Back In The World
Offered by Formats
Price: 12.99

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Time to hang up your plectrum, Paul, 1 April 2003
This review is from: Back In The World (Audio CD)
I hardly ever write a review on Amazon, only if something is exceptionally good - or exceptionally bad. Unfortunately, with 'Back in the World', we are in the latter category.
What the blurb might tell you is that this album includes many of McCartney's classics. What is doesn't tell you is that you are about to hear him murder them. Whilst these songs may have sounded great live, something has gone very wrong in transferring them to CD. Many sound out of tune, tired, drab and flat. In many, McCartney sounds like he's just plain bored of singing them. In 'Carry That Weight' for example, he forgets the words and starts ad-libbing about how he can't be bothered to remember them. This would be OK, if as a listener you were all-consumed by the feversih excitement of the show, but within this poor quality context it verges on the contemptible.
If you want to hear how a former Beatle can sound at his best, forget this and try George Harrison's 'Brainwashed'.
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Driving Rain
Driving Rain
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: 5.50

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful song-smithing similar to Dylan's Time out of Mind, 30 Nov 2001
This review is from: Driving Rain (Audio CD)
I reckon McCartney has gone back to his Beatles roots and spent a bit of time listeneing to their old mentor, Bob Dylan. This album sounds like Paul has been digesting Dylan's last but one album, 'Time out of Mind'. The songs feature the same relaxed confidence and slightly mushy, slightly unpolished, 'around the beat' groove. This type of thing can only be done by the Dylans and McCartneys of this world. To pull if off requires supreme mastery in song-smithing.
I think its a very refreshing album - an added bonus is a bit of Lennonesque rhythm guitar work on a few of the songs which will have Beatles fans reminiscing and digging out their old albums. Nice sound all round.

Combat Flight Simulator World War 2 Europe Series
Combat Flight Simulator World War 2 Europe Series

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 21 Jun 2001
This is absolutely excellent. It is easier to use than the more complex modern jet simulators eg Microprose F16. Whilst things like F16 challenge people who are into the technology and complexity of modern flying, this WW2 simulator makes it much more instantly accessible. You start the engine, get cleared for take-off, climb to 3,000' and within minutes its 'bandits at 6 o'clock' and the shooting starts. For those of you who don't want it too easy, you can make WW2 flying more demanding by restricting fuel and ammo and increasing wind, clouds and number of enemy planes coming at you. If you want to get up there and get at 'em - buy it now - but as one other reviewer said the only danger is that it can take over your life and wives and girlfriends could become war widows in the 21st century!!

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