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ART AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
ART AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Poundstretcher Gem!, 15 Oct 2014
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I bought this because it has been recommended by Stewart Home, my alter-ego. Because he had read it, I didn't need to.
Nevertheless it was 99p well spent


Self Sabotage: Proven NLP Technique To Eliminate Self Defeat For Good (Anxiety, NLP  Techniques, Social Anxiety, Overcoming Fear Book 1)
Self Sabotage: Proven NLP Technique To Eliminate Self Defeat For Good (Anxiety, NLP Techniques, Social Anxiety, Overcoming Fear Book 1)
Price: £1.53

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5.0 out of 5 stars Does not help you to self-sabotage, 15 Oct 2014
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I thought this was a 'How To' book on Self-Sabotage about which I already knew everything there is to know. I didn't read it.


Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie (Semina)
Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie (Semina)
by Stewart Home
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.94

5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Word in Spam, 15 Oct 2014
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Finally ended my self-imposed ban on reading Home after he took control of my mind and cock, leading me to run around with tramps, sluts and unfit mothers, all of whom assumed I was him (I am but only when I'm a paid up Communist not when I'm a Transhuman Elitist).
My band was occasioned by Home's descent into Mom-Rock about a decade ago and I'm not into all that oedipal stuff (especially as I've shagged his sister)
The book arrived this morning in perfect condition from a seller in the UK who described it as 'Used. Very Good'.
In fact it was brand new which made the price (£0.82) pure hornier.
It was packaged in an ingenious envelope which allowed it to slip into my hands before I'd even climbed the stairs back to the office of Internotional Times, a paramilitary organisation in a secret location. Discarding the envelope, and removing the sticker attached (it had been reduced to £2.50 at some point but hadn't sold), I sniffed it, then licked it hoping that Home had laced it with LSD (I would have and since I am Home, this was a viable speculation). Tripping within seconds, I cradled the book in my hands, admiring the intense lime-green of the book jacket and the unblemished, untouched pages within.
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Paul McCartney - Going Underground: Paul McCartney, The Beatles And The Uk Counter-Culture [DVD] [NTSC]
Paul McCartney - Going Underground: Paul McCartney, The Beatles And The Uk Counter-Culture [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Tom O'Dell
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 30 July 2014
About the only negative thing I could say about this item is that it could have been longer and since it's pretty long, that's a pretty light negative. I have a feeling that, as with Jonathon Green's classic late 80's tome 'Days in the Life' (which complements this item perfectly), there was more to be offered but that the running time reached almost to capacity and certainly to the limits of 'standard practice'.
Stylistically, this item reminded me of the 1987 TV documentary accompanying Derek Taylor's book also entitled 'It Was Twenty Years Ago Today' in that it puts The Beatles at the centre of a mandala of movers and shakers. There's more depth here than in that overview of 'the summer of Love' which is here taken as a tabloid summary of complex currents running through and around the 'counterculture'.

While I was expecting that the producers were using the enduring McCartney more as something to hang all of this on in contemporary times, it is clear from the content that McCartney did have a pivotal role in proceedings and since that opinion seems to be being voiced by counterculture figures like the late Mick Farren (seen here for the last time) who have been critical and reluctant to hand him credit, it's all the more revelatory and actually for the first time provides valuable insight into McCartney's onward journey back to the overground of The Beatles' fame and beyond.

But that's not to say the focus is Beatlist or McCartneyist. There could have been more on Syd Barrett (although materials like interviews may be in short supply with this disappeared innovator) but what there is, here, mostly from legendary producer Joe Boyd, hands him deserved credit. Lots of stuff about AMM as well which puts a lot of the early Floyd experiments as well as McCartney's into context.
As for interviews with the great documentarists of this era, Barry Miles and Jonathon Green, well I could listen to them all day and it's great to finally see the latter.
Also compelling are journalists Chris Ingham and Mark Paytress whose analysis at intervals throughout lands a narrative coherence perfectly leveraged by the editor and producer. It's also great to see and hear so much of John Hopkins to whom all other contributors appear to give all credit. I also enjoyed (and could have taken a lot more of) John Dunbar's most relaxed appearance to date in any items about Indica.
All in all suggestive of a great deal more cutting room floor material which I hope the producers have stored away for a 2-disc edition in the future, as most of this producer's excellent DVDs seem to have 'Extended Interviews' sections as bonuses, probably made impossible by the long running time of the documentary in this case.

The one thing that this excellent work makes clear is that there is more to be drawn out from this epoch than nostalgia and this documentary displays a mindfulness of the need to offer contemporary inspiration, something which I hope is taken up in future forays into the stories and scenes of the late sixties.


Up and Down with The Rolling Stones - My Rollercoaster Ride with Keith Richards
Up and Down with The Rolling Stones - My Rollercoaster Ride with Keith Richards
Price: £3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars As legendary a book as the band itself! Highly Recommended, 12 July 2014
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I had long heard of this book (and its alter-ego 'I Was Keith Richard's Drug Dealer' which is the same book) and have seen so many references to it in other books about the sixties that it was always on my wishlist.
Surprised to see it turn up as a Kindle bargain but even if I'd paid a lot more, I'd have to say this is absolutely unputdownable.
I know that its revelations are disputed but, really, all biographies are subject to dispute, exaggeration and incompleteness. There's enough about The Stones' history that is probably still actionable so Sanchez most probably waltzes around some issues or displaces then deliberately, all to avoid any legal problems for The Stones. This doesn't prevent him delivering his story in immensely readable style, hilarious and shocking by turns.

The scene which had Keith Richards mock-threaten the author when he learns of the book's imminent publication emphasises that Sanchez has done his best 'the keep the location of the buried bodies secret' while still delivering the dirt because why else would he risk facing Keith Richards? Clearly he feels like he's done a good job and that that he was invited to rejoin them on tour is a fair indication that his account is 'tamed down' rather than 'hyped up'.

In the wide gap between 'authorised' and unauthorised biographies, Sanchez occupies quite distinct territory and he's something of a legend himself.
Reading skeptically or open-mindedly, you'll either way get a full flavour of the relationships and characters that make up the Stones sixties and seventies adventures.


The "Beatles": Ten Years That Shook the World (Mojo Magazine)
The "Beatles": Ten Years That Shook the World (Mojo Magazine)
by Paul Trynka
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant collection!, 12 Jun 2014
I came across this at a great price a few years ago and have to say it's exemplary in design and content.
Some of the best writers in music journalism deliver set pieces, previously published in Mojo's occasional Beatles specials, which demonstrate their particular research expertise on a wide range of Beatle lore. There's much new information including the astonishing locating of the previously mythical Raymond Jones, the man whose request for 'My Bonnie', the German release by Tony Sheridan featuring The Beatles which kickstarted their whole rise to fame. Long claimed to be a pseudonym of Brian Epstein's assistant Alistair Taylor, here he finally is. Just one of the treats that awaits casual and advanced Beatles fans.

In some ways this book is an ideal companion to the official biography 'Anthology' by The Beatles themselves, bearing witness to the latitude of the cultural effects of their work.


Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult'
Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two for One: Burroughs and Scientology neatly summed up in one book., 16 April 2014
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For any Burroughs afficianados, this book is a bit of a departure, analysing just how his involvement with Scientology remained a crucial influence. And, as seen through this influence, we get to see Scientology in curiously positive aspect but with the qualification that Burroughs definitively rejected the organisation, if not the teachings. Exemplary research and an immensely readable writing style makes Willis' book quite a gem. Recommended.


Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s
Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s
Price: £5.21

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4.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best account of McCartney, post-Beatles, 16 April 2014
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If I could criticise anything with this book, it would be that it all seemed familiar and that's because writer Tom Doyle has done a lot of direct interviews with McCartney that have previously been published in part or in full in music magazines. Not that any of this is a liability as whatever you might have read is, here, expanded.
Those who have amassed some interest in the post-Beatles McCartney career will find this very helpful as Doyle is mature enough to realise you haven't come to get an opinion, you've come to get information and in this respect, he's done a sterling job that's neither critical nor eulogising. Just McCartney and all of his activities, public and nefarious. Recommended.


With the Beatles: A Stunning Insight by The Man who was with the Band Every Step of the Way
With the Beatles: A Stunning Insight by The Man who was with the Band Every Step of the Way
Price: £4.19

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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but Alistair Taylor's a cockwomble, 1 Feb 2014
Developing these tall tales must have kept Al sober all afternoon.
A couple of honkers:
John Lennon hadn't even heard of acid when The Beatles got their MBEs...neither had anybody else.
And then there's Alistair's one time headline-grabber 'I was Raymond Jones' which was believed until MOJO magazine found a Mr. Ray Jones who could prove he WAS the guy who ordered 'My Bonnie'!!

It's no wonder the band let him go and let Allen Klein take the blame. He's full of it!

So it is that this book, which I first read, believing most of it, under another of its remarketed titles, is, in retrospect, just about the most useless item from an (actual) insider!


The Capitol Albums Vol. 2
The Capitol Albums Vol. 2
Price: £52.81

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5.0 out of 5 stars Historically important...more than ever in 2014, 31 Jan 2014
The two Capitol box sets present the (remastered) American catalogue more or less precisely as it appeared in the sixties, complete with the duophonic mixes and 'Dexterisations' as originally presented by Capitol.
None of these versions had the approval of The Beatles (other than by implication of contract) and, as they were gradually discovered by the dismayed band while on tour in the US, ultimately led to their demand for control, achieved with their organisation Apple. In 2014 means that the 'US Albums' of a newer boxed set are 'corrected' and feature the UK mixes they preferred.

While this is all very well and good, some want not only the track sequencing and packaging of the albums but the ACTUAL TRACKS from those stereo and mono vinyl pressings of the 60's.
So it is HERE and ONLY HERE that you can find them on official Apple/Capitol product.

Although a rumoured Vol. 3 box did not emerge, it still might, as there are additional US mixes not available on these two boxed sets, although all of the key Dave Dexter mixes are covered.


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