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From the heart, head and hip,
This review is from: Paranoid: Black Days with Sabbath and Other Rock Icons (Paperback)
This stands in the great tradition of Lester Bangs' best work and is easily the equal, sometimes the superior, of anything penned by that pioneering malcontent.
However, this is in no way derivative and, indeed, in many parts goes to places even Bangs would not have dared.
Part-memoir, part-how-to guide and, certainly, how-not-to manual, where Mick Wall succeeds and so many don't is not simply the quality of the writing (always superb, by the way) but that the man has an authentic and distinctive narrative voice. All of his own and one of a kind.
For some rock journos the music is the be-all and the end-all. For Wall, weaned on Hunter S, Bukowski et al, this is great, great writing by a real writer, someone who, almost accidentally, just happened to end up in the music journalism business.
By turns disgusting, heart-breaking, hilarious, pitiful, moving and inspirational 'Paranoid' is the authentic voice of one of rock's greatest writers still going strong to this day. Check out his Zepp biography, for example. Quite simply the standard work on that historic act.
Essential for anyone who claims to love great writing and for those who like their prose to sing.