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Gary Downie came off a lot worse, as I dare say so did Script Editor ...
on 9 April 2015
This book is OK, though a lot of the material seemed to be rehashed to me, except for the titillation and 'scandal' of course. JNT was promiscuous, if he came onto a guy and said guy wasn't interested, he wouldn't press the issue, partner Gary Downie was said to be another kettle of fish however, and the author describes his experiences. Equally there was just as much to say how supportive JNT could be as a friend, and I suppose the book is fairly balanced, if you were wanting an assassination of JNT then this isn't it, he had enough of that from the world of fandom particularly from the mid to late 1980's. Gary Downie came off a lot worse, as I dare say so did Script Editor Eric Saward, and a few names from the world of fandom at the time. JNT was a complex man, thought of badly by some and not so by others, I think the book let's you make up your mind, so for that I commend it. I think JNT is given a lot more stick than he deserves, not everything was brilliant in his era, but there are some gems right the way through his tenure as producer 1980-1989.
At times I felt the writer puts in swear words for the hell of it, I am not offended by it, but not all that impressed either, I mean come on the Sex Pistols were almost thirty years ago, it doesn't sound rebellious to use swear words these days, and it seems like someone trying to hard to sound edgy, when this kind of book hardly calls for it.
As I say I feel sure that much of the book was rehashed from interviews previously available, that isn't to say that there is no exclusive material because there is, I think perhaps the book is fleshed out a bit to justify the high price tag, and padded with things like pointless swear words on the part of the author, also there are a few instances were information is repeated, which irritated me a bit. There are some nice photographs, some of which are rare and unseen. For all its fault this book is a page turner and I would say essential reading for anyone who is a fan of the JNT era