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The Teacher's Guide to World Music
The Teacher's Guide to World Music
by (Ethnomusicologist) Conor Doherty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.44

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crash, bang...wallop!, 21 Nov 2012
Both `art' music and the world of belle lettres have long had a common tradition of distinguished collaboration -one only need think of the creative synergy of Hemingway and Gelhorn, Mozart and Da Ponte or Wisin and Yandel. And after reading `The Guide to World Music', it soon becomes apparent that one of this century's most dynamic artistic collusions is that of Knight and Doherty. This engrossing masterwork is both mesmeric travel guide and extended love letter to the creation, performance and significance of some of the world's most celebrated auditory exotica.

Their beautifully written narrative also allows us an insight into the authors' never less than fascinating personal lives. At times, `World Music' reads like an episode guide to the 70s series The Persuaders [The Persuaders!: The Complete Series - [ITV] - [Network] - [DVD] , with the louche Franco-Irish patrician Doherty in the role of Roger Moore's aristocratic playboy and the former colliery band tenor trombonist Knight playing the `street-urchin made good' à la Tony Curtis. In fact, the whole mise-en-scène is almost absurdly thrilling. To take but one example: the passage concerning the fracas in the Côte d'Ivoire nightclub reads like a setpiece from a novel by Leslie Charteris or Ian Fleming!

In way of further bonus, is the inclusion of a YouTube playlist which is both extremely informative and thoroughly entertaining. Particular highlights are Knight and Doherty's performance of the Average White Band's `Sticky Situation' on Malian djembe, zhangu war drums and maracas and an adrenaline charged rendition of Respighi's `Pini di Roma' on log drum and spoons.

Seldom has Plato's assertion that `music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything' been so effectively and winningly underscored. A fabulous book.


Kent Flag Vinyl Car Sticker
Kent Flag Vinyl Car Sticker
Offered by 1000 Flags UK
Price: £3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars From a satisfied Kentish Man, 18 Oct 2012
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At only £3 a piece and free postage, this is certainly good value for money. It's well-printed, with vivid colours and the horse motif is clearly drawn. It attaches cleanly and easily to the window. A bargain for the car-owning Kentish 'Long-Tail'.


Joey
Joey
by Joseph John Deacon
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and inspirational, 2 Oct 2012
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Severely disabled and institutionalised at a young age, Joey Deacon was the subject of several TV documentaries and the author of this rather remarkable autobiographical document. But, wretchedly enough, his name was best known as a label of derision after his appearance on children's TV in the 80s.

And those that had such thoughtless fun back in the day, imitating his cerebral palsy-impaired speech and spastic gestures (and the sad, sunless creeps who've set up websites dedicated to his continued mockery) would profit from reading this memoir.

Joey's humility, stoicism and capacity for love in the face of his appalling disability and the loss of so many close family members was genuinely heroic. Astoundingly so: To be trapped in a virtually useless body, unable to communicate your needs, express your fears, hopes and desires, to grieve in isolation over the deaths of a beloved mother, father, brother, sister-in-law and still able to enjoy and appreciate life and its small blessings...Well, Joe Deacon was a better man than me. Than most of us I suggest.

Inspirational.

This book should be on the school curriculum.

The UK published version trades as: Tongue Tied (Subnormality in the seventies)
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Cocaine Train
Cocaine Train
by Stephen Smith
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ¡Un libro tan maravilloso!, 21 Jun 2011
This review is from: Cocaine Train (Paperback)
This is an excellent book. Smith obviously knows this enchanting, but desperately troubled, land very well indeed. His meditations on the history, culture and inimitable Colombian way of doing things are shrewd, sympathetic and accurate. Ideal for any armchair traveller or prospective tourist hankering after a little genuine insight into the place.


Kick Out The Jams
Kick Out The Jams
Price: £7.62

1 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Po-faced 'countercultural' blether, 10 May 2011
This review is from: Kick Out The Jams (Audio CD)
Dreary attempt by a bunch of hippies to Get Down Wit Da Kids- and making a God awful racket as they do so. Faux revolutionary nonsense, aural gurning from drugged up red diaper babies, tediously over-amplified, steel-mill-wall-of-noise tumult in lieu of actual music. Would only appeal to the type of geeks and nerds who fancy themselves as rebels in the Byronic mode- but are more than happy to get their testosterone by proxy.

Although hardly a princely sum, a fiver spent on this would be a waste.

Spend it on a Charley Pride CD instead.
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Ghost Hunting: A Suvivor's Guide
Ghost Hunting: A Suvivor's Guide
by John Fraser
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 7 Dec 2010
In "Ghost Hunting...", John Fraser, legendary Scots hellraiser and Marxist intellectual, has produced a masterwork of social commentary and metaphysical speculation. For the price of a deep fried Mars bar and a couple of pints of heavy, Fraser plays Virgil to our Dante and takes us on a two-fisted tour of both the world of paranormal investigation and the bleak housing estates of Castlemilk and Easterhouse.

If we stiff-lipped sassanachs hoard words like misers, Fraser spends them like a sailor! His deft blend of anguished polemic and enquiry into 'ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties' is as startling and as uncompromising as any Gorbals kiss delivered on the mean streets the author once called home.

Highly recommended.


The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

14 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing here to worry the God squad, 14 Sep 2009
This review is from: The God Delusion (Paperback)
All you theists out there really shouldn't trouble yourselves with the hysterical ideologue that is El Dawkins. If the polemical 'God Delusion' is the best he can come up with, you might as well take the night off, in the secure knowledge that that particular barbarian at the gates is really a bit of a weed.

For 'The God...' is far from being the jovian hammer blow his disciples would have it: The history is lousy; the sociology poor; the philosophy weak. I'm not qualified to comment on the science. But anyone who can come up with the idea of the 'Brights'' Movement with a straight face is a bit of nutter surely?

But by all means read this. But then, I urge you, get hold of Keith Ward's 'Doubting Dawkins- Why there probably is a God'. You'll be so glad you did, you'll forgive yourself for having shovelled some more gelt into Mr. Dawkin's broad coffers. Upon reading the latter tome, you'll soon realise it's a clear case of game, set and match to the calm, reasonable, erudite vicar. And an early shower for the wild-eyed dogmatist.
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The Pickwick Papers (Wordsworth Classics)
The Pickwick Papers (Wordsworth Classics)
by Charles Dickens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.89

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy of a book!, 13 Sep 2009
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For what is in essence a Georgian novel, the humour travels remarkably well. 'Pickwick' reads very easily and is genuinely funny. It was a good friend to me when I found myself snowed in in a cottage in the Rhodope Mountains many years ago. And I'm sure it'll do equally sterling work with anyone lounging by a pool or wedged in on the 8:17 to Croydon.


Let the Right One In
Let the Right One In
by Ebba Segerberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.01

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting fable for the grown ups, 13 Sep 2009
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It's both a cracking yarn and a touching meditation on urban isolation and anomie. A wonderful book.


A Suite of Gods
A Suite of Gods

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gosh...I love it., 3 Sep 2009
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I thought this sequence of songs haunting and elegaic. The piano cascades images and moods; the singing has a real narrative power.
Really, I love this CD.


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