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Palimpsest: A Memoir
Palimpsest: A Memoir
by Gore Vidal
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vidal on Vidal. He approves. It's a hit., 1 Jun. 2001
This review is from: Palimpsest: A Memoir (Hardcover)
Having exhausted essays, novels, film and TV scripts, plays and short stories, Vidal finally moves in on autobiography (sorry, 'memoir'). As might be expected he's funny, cruel, bitchy, true and relentlessly entertaining. In recounting the story of the first great (unrequited) love of his life, killed in action in WW2, he's also unexpectedly moving. An excellent book.


The Pleasures of Harbor
The Pleasures of Harbor

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless quality from one of America's lost musical leaders, 12 Mar. 2001
This review is from: The Pleasures of Harbor (Audio CD)
Late sixties, and singing-newsboy-folkie Ochs goes electric(-ish).Folk fans were predictably outraged, rock fans unmoved, and Ochs conspicuously failed to gain the commercial and critical kudos won by his uneasy idol Dylan. Which goes to show there's nowt as stupid as the general public. 'Harbour' is a wonderful record and it should be alongside 'Highway 61' in the discerning listener's collection of timeless triumphs. Och's jump into poetry is oddly effective in subjects ranging from murdered presidents to brutally discarded girlfriends. It's all wrapped up in music that (a) works and (b) resonates long after first listening. (Special mention to Lincoln Mayorga's superb piano work). Wherever you are now Phil, thanks and good luck.


The Blues Roots Of Bob Dylan
The Blues Roots Of Bob Dylan
Offered by beautifulmusic
Price: £4.99

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from 'the old, weird America'., 24 Jan. 2001
Once you get past the strange title (is that why this stuff is brilliant ? Because it influenced Dylan ?) you'll find an album full of talent from what Greil Marcus aptly called "the old, weird America." It's brilliant because it exists defiantly and immediately on it's own terms. These singers have no video image , no line to promote, no six album deal with a major label to consider, just the truth as they know it to articulate as best they can. Highlight for me had to be the Mississippi Sheiks - tone and attitude to die for, and sounding like they went into the studio yesterday.


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