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5.0 out of 5 stars Intruiging and compelling., 4 Jan 1999
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This review is from: What's Welsh for zen? : The life of John Cale (Hardcover)
I thought this autobiography was very real and honest. An intimate and raw portrayal of a hugely creative man keeping head above water in a world where all that stands for 'reality' seems to him to be hazy - or at least that is my subjective impression. It is a very sweet inflection. And very revealing. The book is not only revelatory about the man, his contemporaries and their environment; but is a rock of sympathy and support by example for any creative person battling with the need to maintain their creativity, and to let it grow and survive in the real world. A surpisingly tender and inspiring read. John Cale: The human, the talent, and the struggle in between. The only slight drawback is that I felt the design style a little derivative, self-conscious and formulaic. This jars because it clashes with the originality of Cales own work. There are plenty of photos to feed the text however, which works very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The life and times of a rock legend, 16 Jan 2005
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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I devoured this book about one of my musical heroes and have found it good. It's not perfect though, I would have liked more background on some of the albums (people involved in the recording, events etc) especially Cale's work with e.g. Nick Drake. The editing is a bit sloppy. In one place early in the text, the title of a newspaper has just been left out, and Cale's collaboration with Bob Neuwerth is called Last NIGHT On Earth (it is DAY).
The chapters are: I Was Dreaming About My Mother 1942 - 60; Under False Pretences 1960 - 63; With La Monte Young In The Theatre Of Eternal Music 1963 - 65; A Radical Turn Of Events 1966 - 68; Flying Solo 1968 - 68 New York; Company Man 1971 - 73 Los Angeles; The Island Years 1973 - 75 London; In Dangerous Orbits 1976 - 80; The Terror Of The Moment 1981 - 85; Songs In The Key Of Collaboration 1986 - 90; Death Meets The Velvet Underground 1990 - 93; In Mortal Hope 1994 - 98.
At the start of the later chapters, some song lyrics are reproduced and the albums recorded in that period are listed. A proper discography at the end would have been preferable, and an index would have enhanced the value of the book as a reference source.
This autobiography provides valuable insights into John Cale's personal life and artistic development, and early reflections on Andy Warhol, The Factory and the legendary Velvet Underground. Great photographs and illustrations make for a very pleasing design. The book is certainly worthy of the man and his achievements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good reading for anyone , even if they're not familiar, 9 Mar 1999
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This review is from: What's Welsh for zen? : The life of John Cale (Hardcover)
the book is something i wished for for years. now ....alot of direct quotes from articles over the years , perhaps some of it has become to hazy for mr. cale .some wrong names ,and alot of stuff out of order. wish there was a little more on the actual recording of the music.it was interesting to find out about some of the more personal things , like his marriges . anyone reading the book can easily enjoy the many music - biz stories from back when. .....
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4.0 out of 5 stars A private read for Cale addicts, 31 May 2010
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This review is from: What's Welsh for zen? : The life of John Cale (Hardcover)
I have been inspired by John Cale's music for at least two decades, but never knew much of the man. As an adopted Welshie and someone interested in the darker side of Wales I hoped this book would provide insights to the man, his history and motivations. I found the book exceptionally well presented, yet hard to read. A deeper knowledge of the music industry would certainly have helped, as while I recognised the studios, names and places I knew too little of what they've contributed. I must confess I didn't finished the book and gave it to a friend after reading 150 or so pages. That said I never-the-less feel I gained something for my efforts. Overall I'd suggest this more a private read for Cale addicts than a book for casual fans of his music.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The life and times of a rock legend, 16 Jan 2005
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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I devoured this book about one of my musical heroes and have found it good. It's not perfect though, I would have liked more background on some of the albums (people involved in the recording, events etc) especially Cale's work with e.g. Nick Drake. The editing is a bit sloppy. In one place early in the text, the title of a newspaper has just been left out, and Cale's collaboration with Bob Neuwerth is called Last NIGHT On Earth (it is DAY).
The chapters are: I Was Dreaming About My Mother 1942 - 60; Under False Pretences 1960 - 63; With La Monte Young In The Theatre Of Eternal Music 1963 - 65; A Radical Turn Of Events 1966 - 68; Flying Solo 1968 - 68 New York; Company Man 1971 - 73 Los Angeles; The Island Years 1973 - 75 London; In Dangerous Orbits 1976 - 80; The Terror Of The Moment 1981 - 85; Songs In The Key Of Collaboration 1986 - 90; Death Meets The Velvet Underground 1990 - 93; In Mortal Hope 1994 - 98.
At the start of the later chapters, some song lyrics are reproduced and the albums recorded in that period are listed. A proper discography at the end would have been preferable, and an index would have enhanced the value of the book as a reference source.
This autobiography provides valuable insights into John Cale's personal life and artistic development, and early reflections on Andy Warhol, The Factory and the legendary Velvet Underground. Great photographs and illustrations make for a very pleasing design. The book is certainly worthy of the man and his achievements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The life and times of a rock legend, 16 Jan 2005
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: What's Welsh for zen? : The life of John Cale (Hardcover)
I devoured this book about one of my musical heroes and have found it good. It's not perfect though, I would have liked more background on some of the albums (people involved in the recording, events etc) especially Cale's work with e.g. Nick Drake. The editing is a bit sloppy. In one place early in the text, the title of a newspaper has just been left out, and Cale's collaboration with Bob Neuwerth is called Last NIGHT On Earth (it is DAY).
The chapters are: I Was Dreaming About My Mother 1942 - 60; Under False Pretences 1960 - 63; With La Monte Young In The Theatre Of Eternal Music 1963 - 65; A Radical Turn Of Events 1966 - 68; Flying Solo 1968 - 68 New York; Company Man 1971 - 73 Los Angeles; The Island Years 1973 - 75 London; In Dangerous Orbits 1976 - 80; The Terror Of The Moment 1981 - 85; Songs In The Key Of Collaboration 1986 - 90; Death Meets The Velvet Underground 1990 - 93; In Mortal Hope 1994 - 98.
At the start of the later chapters, some song lyrics are reproduced and the albums recorded in that period are listed. A proper discography at the end would have been preferable, and an index would have enhanced the value of the book as a reference source.
This autobiography provides valuable insights into John Cale's personal life and artistic development, and early reflections on Andy Warhol, The Factory and the legendary Velvet Underground. Great photographs and illustrations make for a very pleasing design. The book is certainly worthy of the man and his achievements.
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