Andrew GC Davison

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (30 of 32)


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Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe S&hellip by Chris Salewicz
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets, 23 May 2014
Arguably the best rock bio I’ve ever read – a truly great read.

Initially it seems that there might be too much detail…going back through several generations of Joe’s family, exploring their histories and personalities. But as the book, and Joe’s life, unfolds, you begin to understand how that background informs Joe’s story.

It adds to the sadness of his passing that the McKenzie family feel the author has incorrectly portrayed Joe’s mother, and you have to respect their right (and courage) to challenge the author. If anything, their comments serve to emphasise the difficulty the biographer has of portraying an individual as complex as Joe Strummer.

If the… Read more
Under the Dragon: A Journey through Burma by Rory Maclean
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fact or fiction?

Ostensibly the story of an obsessive hunt for a specific style of Burmese shopping basket, Under the Dragon weaves wonderfully written and descriptive travel narrative with fictional accounts of the backgrounds of real-life characters. These fictional accounts may be based on some fact, but the author clearly allows his imagination free reign in filling the not insubstantial gaps.

Described in the author's bio as "creative non-fiction writing", the distinction between fact and fiction is blurred to the point of schizophrenia. As the second chapter begins with a fairly graphic description of sex between an expat and a (too) young Burmese girl, I… Read more
Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream (Unabridged) by Neil Young
3.0 out of 5 stars Engagingly bonkers!, 30 Dec 2013
We should have known that Neil Young would not deliver a straightforward autobiography. This is after all the man who followed up arguably his greatest record (Harvest) with one so bad he won't sanction it's CD release (Journey Through The Past); who flits schizophrenically between backing bands and musical styles; and who has both a hippie's spiritual love of nature and a petrol-head's love of gas-guzzling motors.

So yes, it is rambling, has no chronology or logic, and leaps from one subject to another like a scatter-brained geriatric. Yes, it has lengthy explorations of Neil's eclectic interests and obsessions which are undoubtedly dull in parts. And yes, he's making peace with… Read more

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