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You're not up to much,
This review is from: Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith (Hardcover)
Well they say you should never meet your heroes, I would posit that this has never been more true then in the case of Mr Mark E Smith.
The sight of a young MES fronting The FAll going at full tilt into 'container drivers' would be one of the the most exciting and charming experiences I have had as an alternative music fan.
The sound of an older MES being unpleasant about EVERYTHING and EVERYONE is awful. If you want to know what this book is like without reading it, Get on YOUTUBE and watch the clip when He's 'interviewed' on Newsnight about John Peel's death. On the occasion of a mild mannered and well loved Fall-Championing legend dying, MES has a stunning lack of insight, and uses the opportunity to ramble incoherently and acts bizarrely, until the producers start to wonder why the hell they had him on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The book is full of irrelevant rantings and thoughts, most of which is ill considered, sounds unfair or very immature. Reading it is an interesting though slightly sad experience, and I felt like I was trapped in the corner of a pub - trying to be polite to an old drunk who only made sense when he's abusing someone.
I'd recommend buying it, just for the bizarre experience
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Initial post: 8 May 2009 23:59:08 BDT
Points awarded for the review title.
Although the book was great. ;)
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