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Following the paper (Dragon) trail,
This review is from: American Interior: The quixotic journey of John Evans, his search for a lost tribe and how, fuelled by fantasy and (possibly) booze, he accidentally annexed a third of North America (Hardcover)
I'm always a little wary when music folk try out another artistic genre (have you seen any of McCartney's painting), especially considering that English is Gruff Rhys second language.
Unfortunately I found "American Interior" a little dry, I was expecting a surreal & none-linear journey that tied Gruff with his descendant John Evans.
Gruff has clearly a lot of warmth, affection & enthusiasm, & the subject matter is extremely well researched; but that still doesn't make for a good read.
Evans obviously led a fascinating life, but the absence of a journal makes his importance as an historical figure mere speculation. Plus his contribution to mapping the uncharted parts of America seems a little over-stated.
Also Gruff own journey seems a little dull, his tries to add a bit of excitement by adding tales of being chased across state-lines by truck drivers, or meeting a Voodoo Queen, but they seem a little exaggerated to spice up his part of the story.
So all in all a bit of a effort to read, but a great album though.
American Interior: The quixotic journey of John Evans, his search for a lost tribe and how, fuelled by fantasy and (possibly) booze, he accidentally annexed a third of North America(14 customer reviews)