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Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash by Pat Gilbert
What a wonderful book!...
Author Pat Gilbert has done all the right things: he has researched an enormous amount of archive material, made all new interviews with band members and entourage, and then assembled it all with great integrity (without trying to be too clever - as many rock biographers are unfortunately keen to).

The result is what I reckon to be the definitive tale of this band: four incredibly talented and yet unassuming, very British individuals who deeply respected and loved one another, with a strong ethic about their music, who together went on to become something greater than the sum of their parts.

This is quite possibly the most interesting,… Read more
Ooh La La: An Island Harvest ~ Ronnie Lane & Slim Chanc
Ooh La La: An Island Harvest ~ Ronnie Lane & Slim Chanc
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This music is truly great and the two discs are crammed with songs (about two hours and a half).
The two records Ronnie Lane released for the Island label are presented almost in their entirety, with the exception of a few of the original tracks replaced by very good alternates. And there's the bonus of a whole BBC session from the era. So this is all very fine.

The ok-but-not-great news is that the sound is ok but by no means outstanding, nothing remotely comparable to other Island reissue from the same era (this might be partially due to the original recordings; Lane' Mobile Studio was surely professional but not comparable to, say, Sound Techniques studio run by top… Read more
Solid Air:The Life of John Martyn by Chris Nickson
First, what this book is not. It's not the definitive John Martyn biography. There's too little new insight, and very few new interviews; for one, ex-wife Beverley (an extremely talented - as much as underrated - singer/songwriter in her own right) who lived with John Martyn throughout the 70s and shared his most creative years, doesn't seem to have been contacted or involved.
In its scanty 250 pages the complex John Martyn persona in not really delved into.
This is not always a bad thing, as the author is thankfully not interested in lingering over the excesses and the alcoholism and the sordid parts, which could have easily turned this book into a wretched tale of misery and… Read more

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