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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
by Chris Fuhrman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books..., 30 Nov. 2006
I felt compelled to review this book due to the lack of reviews it has received so far and in the hopes of converting some new readers. I've read it something like four times now, and it is always an absolute joy to read, from cover to cover. I chanced upon the book a few years ago by way of coincidence: one of my favourite musicians of the time (Josh Homme) had sound tracked a film based upon a novel. While browsing Amazon for the soundtrack i stumbled across this book. The film, as it happens, turned out to be decidedly average, despite a top soundtrack. The book on the other hand is fantastic and now happens to be one of my all time favourite reads. It's a moving coming of age novel focusing on the friendship of four rebellious thirteen year old boys attending a Catholic school in 70's Georgia. The age of the four boys makes for a poignant story as it is the age at which, as i think the main character states in the book, "it is still possible to do things for the first time". Through his simple, unpretentious prose Fuhrman manages to render these pinnacle moments of young lives - the first kiss, the first time drunk & stoned, the intense bonds of adolescent friendship with aching beauty and clarity, some how managing the whole time to avoid cliche or nostalgia. By turns sad, funny, surreal and exciting, the book is written with such skill that i often found it practically possible to taste the air. It's tragic that the author died so young and was never able to see his book published.

Art of Modern Rock
Art of Modern Rock
by Paul Grushkin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £36.00

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mother of all Poster Books, 16 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Art of Modern Rock (Hardcover)
First of all, i could not review this book without first mentioning its size. This book is HUGE - 11" x 13", and 492 pages thick... and it weighs a ton. From the cover illustartion, to the last page in the book it is full of beautiful full colour glossy artwork. Covering all the great modern day poster artists as well as some up and coming talent, this book is an invaluable source of inspiration. The price is also extremely reasonable for a hardback book of this size and quality.

American Whip
American Whip
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £10.19

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the summer..., 28 Mar. 2004
This review is from: American Whip (Audio CD)
Part Beach Boys, part My Bloody Valentine (Kevin Sheilds actually worked on the album), this is a great CD by a great band. Joy Zipper consist of a NY husband and wife duo taking it turns on vocal duties. If you liked this make sure you check out their amazing EP - "The Stereo And God".

Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age
Price: £7.68

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album of all time..., 7 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Queens of the Stone Age (Audio CD)
This really is my favourite album of all time. I have to disagree with the review below saying that the two later queens albums are better. They can't really be compared in this way because the first album is quite different in style. Yes, they have progressed as a band, but this album will always remain my favourite because of it's lo-fi, dry sound. Another thing i love about this album is Alfredo Hernandez's drumming. This was the only queens record he played on and he has a real hypnotic, bare sound. Josh Homme's guitar is mind blowing on this album, especially in some of the solo's - like at the end of "Avon" (my all time favourite queens songs, along with "You Would Know"). If you really like Songs for the Deaf but arent sure if this debut is worth picking up think again!

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