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The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life
The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life
by Simon Goddard
Edition: Paperback

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much, much better than the Johnny Rogan book, 1 Jan 2003
In this book you have an author, Simon Goddard who obviously loves his subject matter, and is a musician to boot. This gives you an extra insight because of his musical appreciation, for instance, on the 'Lost' track 'A Matter of Opinion' he comments on similar chord structure in other songs, and comments that the chords of 'I Won't Share You' are exactly the same as 'Ask'. The book is written in a non-preachy but in a very deeply factual style. You don't get any of the very annoying suppositions in Johnny Rogan's book, but just straight facts, including loads of details regarding lost tracks, and first drafts of lyrics. Having Mike Joyce on board has made a huge difference, and from the foreward onwards you get the feeling that what you read is to be trusted, which makes a huge difference.
The book lists in chronological order all the Smiths' recorded material from 'I Want A Boy For My Birthday' to 'Bengali In Platforms', and there is a wealth of information on every song... All-in-all, a superb read from a real fan, and very highly recommended.

Oric Advanced User Guide
Oric Advanced User Guide
by Leycester Whewell
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in-depth book on the Oric 1 and Atmos, 3 May 2001
For the small band of loyal Oricians still programming, this is an absolutely indispensible tome; Mr Whewell has a terrific grasp of all aspects of the machines. A great book.

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