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Don't writers employ proof readers any more?,
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This review is from: Don't Stop Believin' - The Untold Story Of Journey (Paperback)
I stopped counting typos and grammatical errors after a while.
"we attained a huger audience because new were playing so much."
"take a peak."
'of' instead of 'off,' 'you're' instead of 'your,' 'reigns' instead of 'reins.'
"we hung together through thick and thing" - I'm no journalist but I am a Journey fan and as far as I know, Thing from The Addams family was never in the band.
For me, any published book which is being sold for hard earned cash should be typo free and grammatically and factually correct.
A factual error stood out loud and clear - in the section covering Steve Augeri's tenure as lead singer, the author states "after time off Augeri restarted Talisman." 'Talisman' was the band Jeff Scott Soto fronted. Steve Augeri's band was called 'Tall Stories'
When there are factual errors like this, it makes the book less credible.
If these are incorrect then what else is?
The tone of the book and the coverage of the big split between Steve Perry and the line up at that time comes over as biased against Perry and in favour of Schon. Same with the appalling treatment of Jeff Scott Soto, ie his appointment as stand-in singer, worldwide press statement of his appointment as permanent singer and then sly removal from the band website and subsequent removal from the position. All biased in favour of Schon.
I would have preferred the author to be more neutral and to just print the facts of what happened and leave the reader to make up their own minds about what went down rather than put his spin on it about who is the bad guy.
Remember, this is an UNOFFICIAL biography and the selected quotes from band members can be found on the internet etc. And they can all be printed out of context and spun.
The author has kindly collected them all together and written them in chronological order which is great. Saves time trawling online yourself to find who said what way back when.
Regarding his own opinion as to who is the bad guy etc. Fair enough, he wrote the book, but I would have preferred him not to put that particular spin on it.
It's ok as far as this kind of book goes, but there is nothing in it that I haven't already read in the music press and on the internet. So it isn't really a must have or must read page turner. And it's quite expensive for what it is.
However, I did rather the like the "where are they now" section at the end.
Overall, it's ok but it won't be joining the ranks of classic rock biographies any time soon.