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On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics)
On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Jack Kerouac
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Lived up to its reputation, 24 Aug. 2013
So I came to this book knowing its reputation as a lit classic and it certainly lived up to its deserved reputation. There is no plot as such, just some guys criss-crossing America and the documenting of the people and situations they encountered along the way. The true beauty of the book is Jack's insight into his friends , who are by today's staid standards very eccentric and entertaining characters. He reveals these eccentric characters to be those who truly love life and reveals their desires to live and experience it to the full even at the expense of norms like the family unit. There is a jazz rhythm to the prose, and Jack's love for ordinary working and beat people comes through. The complaints about sexism are unfound, as there is no attempt to degrade women in the book. The book is about young lads, so of course, they spend a lot of time chasing girls, how that is sexist is beyond me.

To compare it to another book, say Catcher in the Rye, which was written around the same time, its not as free-flowing or easy to read, but its just as enjoyable, however they are 2 different books. Jack originally wrote this in a free-flowing style of writing on a long manuscript but subsequently had to edit it, and as a consequence the book is not as free-flowing as I thought it would be. In parts it is quite difficult to read, however there are still plenty of free flowing parts remaining like the famous quote "the only people for me are the mad ones...etc" which sound like they were written in a quick , flow of consciousness, uninhibited way. I haven't read the original manuscript version which is now available so cant compare.

Playing With The Strings
Playing With The Strings
Price: £7.05

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this, 16 Feb. 2011
I'm a big fan of lonnie's - he was one of the greatest singers and musicians of the 20s,30s and 40s and indeed onwards. but this cd contains mostly instrumentals which are pretty much boring and repetitive. the real greatness is in his amazing voice and unique guitar backing on a song but there are very few vocal tracks here. what a disappointment..

Where You Were Going - Single
Where You Were Going - Single

5.0 out of 5 stars great new music, 25 Sept. 2010
this is one of the best songs ive heard in the last few years. just grabs you ! if you like the beatles / smiths / stone roses then you'll probably like this.

Mind Games
Mind Games
Price: £18.47

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dont write it off!, 25 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Mind Games (Audio CD)
Im not gonna compare it to other lennon or beatles albums but take the album on its own merits. If you do you will find some great songs here. But there are also songs here that sound like they were just knocked off pretty quick without any real effort.

Title track - Brilliant. Cant go wrong here.

Tight A$ - Again a great track. Sounds like John in the Reeperbahn pounding out rock n roll.

Aisumasen - Not bad at all. Nice bluesy ballad and John sings well. So far so good.

One Day - Poor. Probably knocked off in a few minutes. Lennon used to be able to do that but the difference was the songs were still good and he also had the rest of the beatles to contribute and tidy up afterwards. Hit the skip button.

Bring on the Lucie - Slightly better than the last song but still not great. Good message but musically its pretty boring.

Next song is mute.

Intuition - poor. the irony is that John's intuition and instinct for a good tune had left him.

Out the Blue - okay song but nothing special. john is running out of ideas but lucky for us he still has a few left for the end of the album.

Only People - I really like this song. He gets his message across well like in Give Peace a Chance. Line of the album in this "We dont want no Pig Brother scene". A fun song with a vintage lennon message. What more do you want?

I Know - The best song on the album and one of my favourite john solo songs. Using a similar riff to ive got a feeling, lennon weaves a beautiful tune full of zest for life and love for his wife. The Lennon magic is right here folks.

You Are Here - sleepy song. nothing special.

Meat City - a great rocker. great guitars and vocals.

6 good songs. You'd be hard pressed to find an album today with 6 good songs on it. Lennon's magic does appear on this album so thats really good enough reason to buy it.
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Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis
Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis
by Mick Middles
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read, 27 April 2008
most of the info i think comes from terry mason, a JD roadie who knew ian and the band well and participated in various pranks with them. some great insights from vini reilly and genesis P-orridge too, who ian seemed to open up to more than anyone else. ian gave vini an explanation of the lyrics to "the eternal" - about a disabled person who played with children near ian's house. gave me a whole new insight into that song, and just what a great person ian was. there are also contributions from ian's mother and sister. there are plenty of pics here (young and older ian) and letters he wrote to annik. along with debbie's book, i guess there is nothing more to be said. too sad, really. rip ian.

Control [DVD]
Control [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sam Riley
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.17

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars okay film, 13 April 2008
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This review is from: Control [DVD] (DVD)
good things - rob gretton's character is funny, samantha morton is very nice is this and she is a good actress, the live scences, the atmosphere video on the extras.

sam riley is okay as curtis, but there is nothing really in this film to grab your attention. kinda like a music video type film. according to his bandmates, ian didnt appear depressed towards the end of his life, unlike in this film, where he becomes all moody. i also thought there might be an interview with debbie on the extras but sadly there isnt...

Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £5.74

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars song by song review, 10 April 2008
This review is from: Closer (Audio CD)
im editing this after listening to it about 10 times now.

Atrocity Exhiition - like it. curtis sounds like he's in the room with you

Isolation - one of JD's best songs and perhaps best use of a synthesiser ever?

Passover - good

Colony - brilliant.

Means - fantastic. great bass. you could dance to this and no doubt curtis did.

heart & soul - lot of echo on ian's voice. great drumming. a very good track.

24 hrs - takes a while to get into but a good track.

eternal - deep song.

decades - the best song on the album and one of the great musical achievements of the last or indeed this century. in a word - masterpiece. the whole band at their best. ian looking at the nature of existence itself. you will question life itself after listening to this.

definately top 10 album. unfortunately cant change it to a five star.
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Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis & Joy Division
Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis & Joy Division
by Deborah Curtis
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definately worth a read, 7 April 2008
as usual with these kind of books, the writers are open to criticism like been too subjective, money grabbing etc. it assumes that the truth cant be told. curtis is portrayed as a big boy - jealous, imprudent but also capable of showing acts of generosity. there were also the strange unexplainable acts - like when debbie jumped out in front of him as a joke or his dancing at the engagement party. he was confident of making it in the music business. the route that got him there were good times but after that the writer was sadly isolated from the band and ian, and ian became more strange and in some ways cruel, like keeping a picture of his dog in his wallet rather than a pic of his wife and daughter. from this point on he treated his wife with disdain, up until the point of his suicide, when he had completely come apart, maybe for the first time in years been honest with himself, but not been able to face up to what he had to do. (the medical drugs and whiskey perhaps impairing his judgement) the book is interesting the whole way thru and i hardly ever put it down. one thing debbie never addressed in the book was ian's voice. was his singing voice the same as his normal voice? it would have been interesting to know her opinion on this.

The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Paperback

10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the old debate, 30 Sept. 2007
This review is from: The God Delusion (Paperback)
as a writer, dawkins is one of the best that i have read. he gets his points across clearly. his view of the world is based on scientific discoveries. however, its a view shared by probably a small proportion of the world. of course, if you're not one of those people you will hate this book. dawkins rarely tries to see things from their point of view. perhaps he could have tried a bit harder on this. but there are many things to learn here and the points he makes are strong. creationist arguments are nearly all weak so dawkins was never going to have much trouble debunking them. but he does it very clearly and it is fun to read. their strongest argument is the arguement from design (the watchmaker) but evolution (and dawkins explanation) clearly shows that you dont need a designer at all. it also explains how an observer can be fooled by the world around them. the nugget in this book is the last chapter and "the biggest burka of them all". even theists can and should learn from this chapter. we are only aware of a tiny spectrum of the world. to really understand evolution which is probably the most important theory man has ever come up with, (and the one that most influences athiests like dawkins thinking), you need to read blind watchmaker or some of dawkins other books. this one doesnt just bury the theory in the back of the net like his other books do. but dawkins great writing style is evident here and as always is a joy to read.

Withnail And I : 20th Anniversary Edition (3 Disc Digitally Remastered Special Edition) [1988] [DVD]
Withnail And I : 20th Anniversary Edition (3 Disc Digitally Remastered Special Edition) [1988] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard E. Grant

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 29 Sept. 2007
probably the greatest film ever and like the other reviewer ive seen quite a few too. there are many reasons why the film is so good which have all been named. it is very refreshing - no boy meets girl or big explosions. directors could learn a lot from this film and we can only wish they would, as I cant think of any comparable film really. the bonus material is great here. many people wanted to shut down the film. they couldnt see how it could do well as it went against all the rules and cliches that are in most films. (and are still there today stronger than ever unfortunately). the only glitch i have with this edition is the cover. the previous cover with the 2 guys is better but thats only a small thing. its a comedy and is very funny but there is more to it. although the 2 guys are in a pretty bad predicament they still manage to have fun and their friendship survives to the end.

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