Roman Totale

Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (159 of 231)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 74,128 - Total Helpful Votes: 159 of 231
Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie by Jon Ronson
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars thin, misses point?, 16 Jan 2014
Little more than a magazine article. Poor value therefore. Read most of it free on the guardian website. And obviously Jon toured with Frank/Chris and knew him, but doesn't he do a disservice by casting him alongside Daniel Johnston and the Shaggs? frank was satirical, witty. More akin to his more successful imitators John Shuttleworth and Harry hill than to the 'outsider' artists here.
The North: (And Almost Everything In It) by Paul Morley
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Two strands. A largely chronological autobiography up to Morley's leaving Stockport to join NME, with a countervailing sequence of vignettes of northern history in reverse chronological order. A few pictures too.

He's obviously inspired by sebald, but this lacks the energy and surprise of his work. It's leaden, overwritten, mannered. And it has way too much stuff in it. Compendious without being thorough. Neither use as a history nor ornament as poetry. And people interested in the north outside of Manchester will feel shortchanged.

Nothing is a far more affecting book.
Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s by Tom Doyle
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, uncool, 10 Dec 2013
Brilliant book that wrangles with the conundrum of how the once coolest man on the planet (Helter Skelter, ffs) can have spent much of the 70s daring the planet to underrate him as he did whatever the hell he wanted, and just not caring. Sometimes it was great. Often it was pish.

Tom Doyle's book tracks the ups and downs of it all. The courage of standing his ground against the other Beatles and their huckster management as it all dissolved, the honesty of his musical output in the era, the devotion to his family. He was the one Beatle how stayed on the road and had the balls to front up the planet.

TD enjoys enviable access to his subject, but doesn't suck up. No… Read more