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W. Axl Rose: The Unauthorized Biography
W. Axl Rose: The Unauthorized Biography
by Mick Wall
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mmmmm, 30 Mar 2011
Thought this would be a lot better, for some reason I was expecting a degree of insight here, a vivid portrait of this reclusive howard hughes figure and his dark/crazy descent into a reclusive existence. But there's no insight really, just a bland description of a long sequence of events. Some passages of the book are frankly boring - "and the next night of the tour was Pennsylvania" etc - and some of the writing is pretty sloppy.


Lemmy [DVD]
Lemmy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lemmy
Price: 4.75

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How to make a dull film about Lemmy, 13 Mar 2011
This review is from: Lemmy [DVD] (DVD)
I enjoyed some sequences in this, like the section covering hawkwind, but far too much of it is given over to blandly sycophantic arse-kissing from various famous metallers, or montage sequences featuring the band doing nothing very exciting. Feels lacking in any sort of focus or narrative (it isn't a life-story or career-history type deal, which could've been refreshing if they'd actually come up with an alternate structure to hang the film on - as it is, it's just aimless).


Will They Ever Trust Us Again?: Letters from the War Zone to Michael Moore
Will They Ever Trust Us Again?: Letters from the War Zone to Michael Moore
by Michael Moore
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Moore Congratulates Self, 16 April 2010
I flicked through this book whilst volunteering at an Oxfam (because I am a modern-day saint, kind of like Jesus) and would like to share an observation with you.

All these troops wrote to Moore not just due to their grievances, but because they liked his movies. Therefore, the majority of the letters seem to either begin or end with a phrase along the lines of "Mr Moore, I saw your movie, thank you for having the courage to speak the truth - you are a true American". Lets put it this way - he doesn't feel the need to excise these parts.

If I were compiling a book of this kind, the first thing I would want to do would be to edit any reference within the letters to my own previous work, in order to keep the book "on-topic" and stop it looking like a vanity project. The fact that Moore didn't do this is a very telling insight into his true motive here.


Almost The Truth: The Lawyer's Cut [DVD] [2009]
Almost The Truth: The Lawyer's Cut [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Monty Python
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: 5.40

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 9 Jan 2010
I would've preferred more in the way of background info/insight from the Pythons themselves and less in the way of "Oh my gosh they were AMAZING" type reminiscence from the likes of Phil Jupitus et al. They could've really taken it as read that anyone watching it already thought the Pythons were great, and gone beyond that. Still worth watching though


Wild Blue: 741 Squadron - On a Wing and a Prayer over Occupied Europe
Wild Blue: 741 Squadron - On a Wing and a Prayer over Occupied Europe
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, 24 Nov 2008
This is not so good as Band of Brothers - unlike that book, he hasn't selected a unit whose wartime 'career' was so riddled with drama and incident. Although the book contains several compelling stories and anecdotes, many missions are merely mentioned in passing purely because nothing much happened on them. Given also the fact that the USAAF only entered the war relatively late, you are deprived of much of a sense of developing narrative - the war seems to be over for them not long after it starts.

The author would've done better to search for a more suitable crew to write about - a British one preferably, because then you would've got a sense of the whole war in the air as it developed. Stephen Ambrose was unlikely to attempt this however because, as in Band of Brothers, it is possible to detect a distinctly anti-British stance on his part. In the latter book the Brits are portrayed as 'boring' and occasionally incompetent, and in the present book they are cowardly and even 'murderous' for choosing night bombing instead of the brave, honourable Americans who bombed in daylight. Yawn!


The Universe In A Single Atom: How science and spirituality can serve our world
The Universe In A Single Atom: How science and spirituality can serve our world
by Dalai Lama
Edition: Paperback

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm, 1 Aug 2008
This book, like Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, deals among other things with an attempt to reconcile a scientific (objective) outlook with an intuitive (subjective) outlook. The motivating factor is that those two 'camps' of humanity are frequently separated (in discussion at the very least) into two seemingly opposing viewpoints - both books seek to illustrate that this need not be so. All very well and good but if the lack of divide between the intuitive and scientific is something you've already grasped, reading either book may strike you after a few chapters as a waste of time.

Not for everyone.


Don't Panic: Douglas Adams and the "Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
Don't Panic: Douglas Adams and the "Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chumble Spuzz, 1 Aug 2008
It's a good book, a very lightweight read so you can zoom through it if you're not in a mood for something taxing. My only criticism is the chapter dealing with Mostly Harmless, where the book suddenly seems to run out of research and impetus. The chapters dealing with the other books etc are relatively in-depth, featuring biographical detail relevant to DNA's life at the time, interview quotes from editors, friends and the man himself, and so on. For the chapter on Mostly Harmless all of this very conspicuously dries up and the author has to pad-out his account of this period with a fairly pointless plot summary. Shame!


The Pythons' Autobiography By The Pythons (Monty Python)
The Pythons' Autobiography By The Pythons (Monty Python)
by The Pythons
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half the Meat, 15 Jan 2008
My problem with this book is you get the lowdown on intergroup politics and business wranglings, production technicalities etc but very little colourful anecdotal material about inspiration behind sketches and the like. Whole series can be covered with little more than a passing mention of any of the material involved! Very frustrating.


Marshall Suite
Marshall Suite
Offered by QUOSA
Price: 19.69

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fragmented and tenuous, 28 May 2002
This review is from: Marshall Suite (Audio CD)
This is one of those great albums, like the first PiL album or 'Amnesiac' by Radiohead, that, instead of striving for perfection, merely presents a collection of everything the artist could scrape together in the alloted time, containing every available fragment and alternate version just to boost the running time by a few minutes more. The Marshall Suite was the first to be released after the biggest Fall line-up change yet, which saw two long term members replaced by complete unknowns. This album has 13 tracks, two of which are experimental noise collages, three of which are covers, one of which was written by the previous line-up before it disbanded and another one which is basically stolen from the previous album. This leaves you with six bona-fide new songs by the group, two of which share almost the same lyrics, another of which has one one verse repeated over and over, and three of which (Anecdotes, Inevitable and Birthday) are of dubious quality. This may scarcely sound like a recommendation, but honestly, the result is brilliant - the first track, 'Touch Sensitive', manages to be both a rock song of the most basic, thre chord construction, and the most vibrant and original thing you've heard since forever. The first six songs on this record (three of which are those covers I mentioned) would've made an awesome EP - something you need to understand about Fall cover versions is that they are almost never just a verbatim run-through, but more a complete re-write of the song which makes it 10 times better - the version of the Saints' 'This Perfect Day' is a classic. Also there is the poignantly cheesy cod-techno ballad 'On My Own' with some lovely swooping synth noises, and 'The Crying Marshall' - think Meat Beat Manifesto x 12, the most pounding, coolest two part dance-rock song you'll hear with a fantastic cut-up guitar sample.
This record has it all - rockabilly, drum & bass (Shake-Off is awesome!), Led-Zeppelin tributes, dance, techno, meandering wah-wah guitar crap - the fact that it only just manages to cling to it's very existence by the fingernails just makes it that much more exciting. Forget 'Revolver' topping every 'best album ever made' poll - this album is way too messed up to be the best by anybody, and that makes it roughly four-score-and-ten times more fun to listen to.


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