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The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (Picador Books)
The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (Picador Books)
by Hunter S. Thompson
Edition: Paperback

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The king of Gonzo..., 7 Mar. 2007
Well, I wouldn't suggest that you buy this book if you are unaquainted with Thompson's work, you should buy Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, then, if you like that, buy The Great Shark Hunt. I say that because I have offered The Great Shark Hunt to people who haven't read any Thompson and they were put off by its sheer length and the content of some of the articles.

The reason I like this book is because it is pretty open-ended, because the book is a collection of articles you can read the ones that interest you and skip the ones that don't grab you. There is no reason why you should read it straight from cover-to-cover.

There is some pure gold in here, including excerpts from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the infamous The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved (considered to be Thompson's first gonzo article) and many other gems.

I'd say, buy this, but only if you are sure you like Thompson because it isn't the best means of getting started on him. To sum it up in one line; If you love Hunter S. Thompson's work, you'll love this...

The Clash: Westway To The World [DVD]
The Clash: Westway To The World [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Clash
Price: £5.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And amazing documentary, 17 Oct. 2004
If you are a fan of the Clash, this DVD is a must have. You can move from being a fan of the band to knowing all that there is to know about them in a very short amount of time. It starts off with the band talking about how they grew up and what musical influences they had. It then moves on to talking about the early days of the Clash and how they formed. Then the documentary progresses from each important event to the next, in chronological order. Ending with Joe Strummer making a tearful speech about how he didn't want the band to end the way it did. It is a truely moving moment. An amazing documentary about one of (if not the) greatest bands of all time.

The Clash [UK Version]
The Clash [UK Version]
Price: £4.89

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest album of all time..., 17 Oct. 2004
This review is from: The Clash [UK Version] (Audio CD)
I never thought anything of punk rock, that was untill I heard this album. The Clash had so much more going on upstairs than the other punk bands. Joe Strummer and Mick Jones were writing songs about their political views, and that is the main reason that I love them. When I first heard 'I'm So Bored With The U.S.A', I was shocked at how much it mirrored my own views. And thus my love of this band began.
This album has absolutely no bad songs, its amazing from start to finish. The energy behind the songs is awesome. The high point of the album is the song 'White Riot', a song written about the band's experience of a riot at a carnival in Nottinghill, they participated in the riot but all the time were aware that it was predominantly black people taking part in it. And the song is basically how black people have been opressed for years and how they have the "balls" to do something about it, unlike white people, who go to school 'where they teach you how to be thick'. As Tom Morello of 'Rage Against the Machine' said in a trubute to Joe Strummer, take the lyrics 'Are you taking over, or are you taking orders? are you going backwards, or are you going forwards?' from White Riot and stick them on your fridge, ask yourself those questions each day.
Joe Strummer was a genius, an inspiration and will be sorely missed. R.I.P

De Stijl
De Stijl
Price: £7.01

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best album released for years, 15 Feb. 2004
This review is from: De Stijl (Audio CD)
I had the pleasure of seeing the White Stripes live in January, and they were the most amazing thing I have ever seen, I think it is just increadible how 2 people can make such amazing music.
Anway about the album, it is a refreshing breeze in the generally awful music around today. I completly enjoyed this album right from the opening chords of 'You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)' to Jack 'n' Meg singing along together on 'You're Southern Can Is Mine'.
The highlights include a cover of Son House's blues song 'Death Letter', 'Little Bird' with some amazing slide guitar from Jack, the Beatles-esque 'Apple Blossom' and the tremendous guitar playing on 'Hello Operator'.
This album has absolutely nothing wrong with it, I suggest that, if you don't like the album, see them do it live, then you'll see what its all about.

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