Apathy for the Devil Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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`Not just a biography but a thriller; a high-octane chase through a decade's musical history.' --NME Magazine
`Dispensed with a bleak wit and brutal candour ... this is a book for anyone that's ever read a music magazine from cover to cover but still wanted to know more.' --Q Magazine
'Celebrity drug addict and genius wordsmith, he is a man who has lived rock'n'roll to the full.' --Dylan Jones, GQ
Apathy for the Devil: sixteen years after his seminal rock tome The Dark Stuff, Nick Kent produces a brilliant and very personal despatch: his memoir of the 1970s.See all Product Description
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This memoir allows us to see just how intriguing that life really was. He describes his childhood, his early encounter with rock music and London's underground scene, being taken on by the NME (apparently, he was never on the staff, preferring to remain a freelancer) and meeting up with the stars of the day: the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Iggy Pop amongst others (including Chrissie Hynde, with whom he apparently had a brief romance). This is all good stuff (some of his articles have already appeared in his excellent collection The Dark Stuff), and he provides plenty of detailed anecdotes about his adventures (which continue into the latter part of the seventies, when he found himself briefly in an early line-up of the Sex Pistols).Read more ›
to music lovers who came of age with the golden age of the NME. Nick Kent may not have the quirkiness of a Lester
Bangs, but he wields equal authority, as the inevitable --though always very welcome -- list of favourite albums
and tracks at the end confirms. He is also refreshingly honest and suitably circumspect about his personal trials
and tribulations. For those yet to discover the true delights of rock/popular music (Stooges, MC5, Beefheart, Can, Al Green,
Television, VU, etc.) this will be an education; for those who have, it will call them back to why they love it all so much.
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I lent this book to a friend several years ago and was yearning to read it again recently, so re-purchased it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful read for anyone who was around in the 70s.Well written. The only complaint is that even tho' it's almost 400 pages long, It's still too short.Published 2 months ago by don mc morrow
Nick Kent is always an entertaining read. Honest and candid, 'Apathy for the Devil' reveals as much as I'd imagine that anyone would care to know about his wild & wicked ways.Published 7 months ago by mark l.
The title says it all. Another excellent book by Nick Kent. Sense of humour, sensitivity and in your face.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A trawl through the 1970's rock world which is on the whole well entertaining (fades a bit at the end). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sgt Sandy
I came across this by accident and thought it might be worth a look - as I was a devotee of the NME around the early 70's. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2014 by MJP
From the pen of one of rock music's finest journalists, a revealing insight into the 1970s music scene with all the excesses and heartbreak right there on his sleeve for all to... Read morePublished on 29 May 2014 by Allan
Nick Kent's 70s memoir starts out strong and splendid, with sparkling writing and laugh-out-loud turns of phrase. Read morePublished on 26 April 2014 by Mr. Toby Howard