Barefaced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boasts Hardcover – 1 Jan 2007
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About the Author
Jools Holland OBE DL, is a composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster. He is married with four children and lives in a world of his own.
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You are not really qualified to review the book because it is obvious that you have not read it and just listened to one of the short extracts on Radio 4. You describe Jools Holland as "the pianist turned presenter" but if you had even bothered to read the synopsis you would know that he has never given-up the piano, and far from having a "limited talent" he is undoubtedly one of the most skilled Pianists alive today. The great BB King once said: "I didn't think anybody could play like that. Jools has got that left hand that never stops. When the likes of Pete Johnson died, I wondered if I'd ever see that kind of playing again." And I for one thoroughly enjoy his music,
The book is pretty good too, and really does not deserve the savage attack that you have given it.
I am not a psychologist but from what you have written below it sounds like maybe you are bitter that you were never part of his "scene" when he was on the tube.
Jools' humble manner is such that he drops names like Dylan and Harrison with the same love and affection that he recalls pub landlords, and friends and neighbours.
As a great fan of his music, I loved his insights on the music, and those he has worked with throughout the years.
One (small) gripe is the way that the last 15 or so years are crammed into about 20 pages, (possibly) leaving scope for a second half of the memoirs?
You get an overall sense of the honesty, and humble upbringing of Jools throughout, and I found it very hard to put this one down.
In an age when so many celebrities seem to spend their biographies telling us how tough they have had it, it's refreshing to read about someone is completely happy because they spend their life living their dream.
This story starts from childhood, through school and into early years performing in pubs, first recording contracts, TV presenting and up to date with Later and the Big Band.
Holland tells a lot of entertaining stories of bad behaviour on the road but only hints at the more depraved things, which is no bad thing - sometimes less is more.
One review mentioned that the one weakness was that the more recent years were told at a bit of a gallop, and I would agree, would perhaps have been better to spend a few more chapters on them.
But then I think life has become a little more ordered and settled since he got into a rhythm playing with his big band and doing Later, so maybe the best stories are from the early days.
Whatever, if you like your music then you couldn't ask for a better narrator to take you on a music journey. Jools seems to have made many great friends through his career and this book makes it quite clear why.
However, the thing I found best about this book was how hilariously funny the anecdotes were, I had to leave the room and calm down on several occasions after crying with laughter. Its probably the funniest book I have ever read and for this reason alone it is essential reading even by those who are not music fans!
Simply brilliant! I wish I could play with Jools some day, I have been working on my left hand!
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Bought as a present for a friend and fan of Jools Holland. The book was an interesting read I'm told.Published 9 days ago by Ian
Understatedly brilliant, just like the man himself.
From first to last there are anecdotes, laughs and tears but running through the whole tome is the melodic love of a... Read more
Excellent honest story of his rise to fame and fortune from humble beginnings. Written with humour and many musical and place references to which anyone of his age group or an... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Philip Gabe