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Stuart Anthony "I'm NOT The ALL Seeing EYE" (UK)

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The Rolling Stones: Before and Beyond Exile on Main St
The Rolling Stones: Before and Beyond Exile on Main St
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His passion for the subject is backed up by good knowledge and insights, 11 Nov. 2015
Peter Antony should be personally thanked by The Rolling Stones for being such a champion of the band. His passion for the subject is backed up by good knowledge and insights. A must read for any fan.


Paul Bunyan by Larry Beckett (1-Jun-2015) Paperback
Paul Bunyan by Larry Beckett (1-Jun-2015) Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Giant Fantastical Read for a Giant Fantastical Subject, 11 Nov. 2015
Larry Beckett is a great poet and he has much poetry to share. 'Paul
Bunyan' is a beautiful ride in American language through the wild
forests and rivers, injected with twisting turning humour through the
gripping tall tales about Paul Bunyan. This American myth tumbles out of
the page and has you in the caverns and river gorges of your own
imagination following fantastic adventures of the incredible Bunyan &
companions all in Beckett's energetic poetry.


Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan
by Larry Beckett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Giant & Fantastical Poetical Work For A Giant & Fantastical Subject!, 9 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Paul Bunyan (Paperback)
Larry Beckett is a great poet and he has much poetry to share. 'Paul
Bunyan' is a beautiful ride in American language, through the wild
forests and rivers, injected with twisting, turning humour through the
gripping tall tales about Paul Bunyan. This American myth tumbles out of
the page and has you in the caverns and river gorges of your own
imagination, following fantastic adventures of the incredible Bunyan &
companions, all in Beckett's energetic poetry.


Songs and Sonnets
Songs and Sonnets
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome sojourn in the word., 31 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Songs and Sonnets (Kindle Edition)
As you soar, into the poet's eye like a flock of birds forming a letter V towards the sunrise, Songs and Sonnets reaches your peripheral vision immediately. Forget Google glasses and other such de-sensitising machines for augmenting your sight; all you need are the words of a true poet and your mind’s eye rewards you with a vista of meaning in playful complexity that no machine can provide.

In the 21st Century, when the real beat of human mind and heart is dulled under the drone of a digital 01 beat, hearing a voice like Larry Beckett's pour out its poetry has infinite value. Here is the primal yet multi-layered sound of the poet in your head, and it is the place we get back in fundamental touch with our apprehension of our ever-shifting place in the world.

Larry brings a modern man's perception into rich focus but you find a touching augmentation, of an archetype of feelings driven by love, desire, expressed in, perhaps, ancient Greek-inspired moods, whilst weaving in, like an Arachne, the sights of contemporary life.

His wife is his muse and he honours her honestly, tenderly, in ire and true loving engagement, through all the journeys of agape, from breaking to healing, from familiarity to awe. Like his one-time songwriting partner, Tim Buckley, howling his lust in 'Get On Top', Larry doesn't hide sexuality in media safety, but says what we all have had sometimes swimming round our hearts.
And he does it with such a beautiful pour of language. This is a feast of words that come at you like edible music. No turn of phrase comes guessable or carelessly chosen.

The style rides you as much as you ride it, serving the rhythm, which in turn delivers a massage to any mind hungry for poetry, and the task of finding fragments of word-truth, collected together from enigma's utterance-strewn beach.

Whenever a poet who cannot lie with his heart reads you their poem, you are in a holy space.

Poetry is our oldest greatest human expression and it stands with us throughout time. The recording of a Larry Beckett reading that accompanies the hard copy of the book is intimate and rewarding, and stands testament to this sanctity, telling of our part in a logos, a welcome sojourn in the word.


Touched by Grace: My Time with Jeff Buckley
Touched by Grace: My Time with Jeff Buckley
by Gary Lucas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Lucas's book is full of honesty and heart,, 22 Nov. 2013
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It was, as I expected, terribly difficult to put down. I was deeply impressed and in full admiration of the honesty that courses through the book. I felt for Gary, rooted for him and begun to understand more about his time with Jeff. Gary is one of the good guys swimming in a pool of sharks, a rare and much needed quality in the music biz. I felt for Jeff too. I don't think he fully understood the monster until it right up in front of him. Lee Underwood had a few things to say regarding Jeff in his book about Tim Buckley 'Blue Melody' and a similar point about Jeff's lack of songs came across. I first heard Grace before I ever heard Tim Buckley, but I came to love Tim more simply because there were 9 albums to lose myself in. The other lovely thing about Gary's book was being able to envision him as The Guitarist and his role as musician being a wide and beautiful thing. I'm very glad I got to see him live at the Liverpool Philharmonic rooms in 2012. Treated to hear one of the greats up and close. He opens the door to this bitter sweet past. I know it must have cost him emotionally to do it. I am just a well read fan and I wasn't there and I am not truly qualified to comment, but I think I have a good picture and its down to the honesty in this book about his time with Jeff, and Lee's book about Tim Buckley, both which tell a heart story and aren't just Rock Bio's. Gary was so lucky to meet Jeff, and Jeff was so lucky to Gary.
It was SO refreshing. What comes across are real human beings and not music biz facsimiles or projected images. For me the personal and the true are the attractive qualities in the artists I admire.
5 stars because its a book with HEART.


Frozenlight/Shininglight
Frozenlight/Shininglight
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Window Into A Lost World, 20 Aug. 2013
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Colin Betts is ideally suited to be a latter day, bona fide, writer, dealing with the 60's counter culture. This is because he does not assume any such mantle, and naturally tells the story in a prose that rolls like a kaleidoscope. The book opens a window into a lost age. Almost as good time travel itself, Betts can deposit you behind his eyes in those old ying and yang years, with a script to devour in descriptive mouthfuls. And then, the characters step into view. A myriad of knaves, chicks, wide eyed young men, tortured French men, divas, and rock stars drift in and out of view, and the ghost of Nick Drake comes tumbling from the pages into the flesh and blood of a vibrant, living 19 year old man, and resembles not the doomed troubadour staring bleakly out on a winters day while sat on a desolate park bench at Hampstead Heath. It's a piece of the picture that feels good to know.
The only other 'counter culture' book I have read that comes close, is Lee Underwood's memoir about one of Nick Drake's musical heroes, namely Tim Buckley. The book is called 'Blue Melody' and has an equally compelling ability to drop you in the times it comes from.
Buy 'Frozen Light' if you want another rich slice of understanding to come to your view of those far out times.
5 Stars Without Hesitation


Highway Stars Crosstown Traffic
Highway Stars Crosstown Traffic
Price: £3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Clarkson!, 1 July 2013
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Whenever Clarkson goes on about cars you always get the impression that he loves himself much more than the automobiles. Not so with Peter Antony who can't help but demonstrate his genuine love for automobiles and rock n roll on every page. This element makes Highway Stars a vivid read and indeed you are taken on a major ride though the motorised windmills of your mind. It's like thumbing a ride, and every car that picks you up just happens to be a classic piloted by someone equally cool. Well recommended. Hop in!


Frantic
Frantic
by Frances Lynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frantic Alice!, 14 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Frantic (Paperback)
I enjoyed follwong Alice through the various scenes and happenings. I laughed out loud in places and enjoyed the bouncy humourous nature of the book. Every time the character of Brent appeared I had this image of an Alan Rickman/Richard.E.Grant (Withnail) type slinking across the page. It was a blurry ride that suited it's subject matter perfectly. You really got the feeling from reading it that you were going somehow wake up at a party on the floor, with the world spinning, if you dared put the book down. It had an Alice in Wonderland feel to me becuase of how Alice came across a sequence bizarre characters, holding court and having witty tete a tetes, and how one scene would melt into another.
I really enjoyed it and I'd happily read another :)


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