6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A disappointing book, mainly because the structure is irritating, resulting in a work that skips about from subject to subject until the impression is - how to demonstrate what the author has studied. Such an expansive subject demands a more natural, less self-centered way to lead the reader.
This would be a good introductory book for an English undergraduate with a general interest in the time, provided they were content to go where ever they were taken and didn't read too critically.
The author's most counter-intuitive assertion was that Shakespeare didn't value books and probably only owned about twenty. I doubt that there is any evidence for this and I wonder what… Read more
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
...but well worth the wait. Get one while you can!
When we look back at punk/new wave, we should remember the humour, energy and creativity of it all. They might well have said 'we really mean it, man' but the best bands never took themselves (or anyone else) too seriously.
Howard Devoto has always been the one to seek out for those who love new wave and language. His words have deftness, wit and insight. Through many of the reviews of his songs you'll see a thread - people trying to make the lyrics read as well as they sound - it's not possible. They are wrapped too tightly in the music.
Lyrically, the songs are packed with surprises. He knows exactly which… Read more