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Well written but some gaps,
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This is the best and most detailed book about Sweet - but you can count the other books on the fingers of one hand. Sweet are perhaps the most under-rated British rock band of the 70s, and this books does a good job of explaining why. Dave Thompson exposes the fragilities and the flaws in the characters of the four members - basically they weren't too bright and they were very arrogant. Between 1975 and 1980 they were my heroes - and this book reminds you that you should never meet your heroes. The detail of the early separate careers of the band members is extensive, as is the origins of the band's relationship with Chinn and Chapman. Likewise the glory year are well documented - Top of the Pops, the tours and success in europe. In fact the first 200 pages are packed with detail, quotes and opinion (did Mick Tucker really believe that the Sweet Fanny Adams LP was ruined by bad production and that Desolation Boulevard was spoilt by a bad mix? Also it's facinating to read how Sweet so quickly cast off the Give Us a Wink sound).
However, from 1976 onwards the detail gets thin and there are many gaps - just 50 pages to cover 34 years - shame because 76-81 is where their story gets really interesting, and that's where most fans will have knowledge gaps. And what about the 80s/90s and 00s? Ok the releases were few and far between and the band(s) not so great but there is a story there - no mention at all about the 2002 Sweetlife album - by far the best Sweet release since their glory days!
Not for the casual reader - but great for fans of the era.