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1.0 out of 5 stars A terrible fascination, 12 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Stairway to Heaven (Paperback)
I'll leave Cole's motivation to others, but must disagree with those who say this is well written. Coles's writing partner inserts 90s slang into conversations that took place 25 years before (I doubt Jimmy Page, when asked if he should play a certain gig in 1968, would have said: "Let's go for it!" I doubt anyone in England would have used those words). Between the Bonzo anecdotes, which quickly become wearing, the book is little more than a list of gigs and trashed hotels. There is no insight into the character of any member of the band or Peter Grant beyond the facile -Jimmy is vain, Plant is quiet, Bonzo is a drunk but gawd bless him, JP is very quiet and Grant is a bully. What is interesting is how the rock business has changed since these abysmal days. Cole and his gang, not the band, were the dinosaurs: their heavy-handed style of 'security' would have them thrown in jail these days and quite rightly. A nasty little book that gets one star for being a reflection of its times.
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