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Pretty bloody cosmic !,
This review is from: The "Pretty Things": Growing Old Disgracefully (Hardcover)
The author, Alan Lakey, has done a remarkable job in the writing of this book. Considering Phil May, first drummer Viv Andrews, Skip Alan, Twink, Vic Unitt and Mark St John refused to be interviewed or couldn't be found, the story has a well rounded depth to it and is a great read, those that did get involved really balancing things out.
As with most biographical accounts involving different people, it's impossible to determine the actual truth as wildly differing accounts of the same events occur regularly. Certain myths are debunked however, such as the one on the liner notes of the "SF Sorrow" CD that said that the album was recorded at the same time at Abbey Road as the Beatles were doing "Sergeant Pepper" and the Pink Floyd were doing "The piper at the gates of dawn". This regularly appears on internet sites and has become more than urban legend, yet a cursory glance at facts like studio dates, record contracts and record releases show this to be an impossibility, not to mention the producer Norman Smith in the book saying it wasn't true.
Also surprisingly interesting is the chapter dedicated to the bands' legal dispute with EMI. Usually, these kind of detailed wranglings are the stuff of snorefests, but Lakey's approach is anything but boring and reads as a sinister piece of subterfuge with much fascinating thrust and counter thrust.
His general dislike of the band's manager, Mark St John, unfortunately comes through very strongly although he tries to be fair by including many balancing quotes from others.
Someone earlier mentioned the poor punctuation and that really is prevalent. Whoever proof read the book wasn't on the ball ! But it's not sufficient to spoil what is a fantastic read.
The prices I see quoted for this book are pretty ridiculous but if you can get a copy, do. As a rock biography lover, I have to say this is one of the best.