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A. Bartley "Chris Bartley" (Middlesbrough)

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Bringing It All Back Home
Bringing It All Back Home
by Robert Wyatt
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best music book of 2007 by a country mile, 27 Sep 2007
Everything reminds me of something. I have filled my
house and my head with things; books, records,
paintings, stories; souvenirs that have no meaning
except to me. Sometimes I think my house is my head
and my head has become my house.

Ian Clayton 'Bringing it all back home'

I am not normally a person who trots out superlatives
but I can honestly say Ian Clayton's book is one of
the best ever written about music. And 'Bringing it
all back home' will make sense to anyone who
understands the intrinsic value of collecting music
and savouring memories. We live in an age, where we
are constantly advised to get rid and de-junk our
homes (minds?) and Ian's book is a vindication that
holding on to things does matter and to treasure old
LP's is a perfectly normal and justifiable thing to

It is always hard when you review a book not to give
to much away. I think ultimately you want people to
get hold of it and read it for themselves. Ian's book
is a very special thing indeed. Some books about music
are very cold and academic and leave the reader very
much on the outside. But Ian's book is funny, moving,
wise........all the things that we would expect really
from a Yorkshireman. The last chapter about the
tragic death of his daughter, Billie Holiday Clayton
is one of the moving passages I've ever read. I hope
I've said enough to make you want to get hold of this

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