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The Dark Stuff: Selected Writings on Rock Music 1972-1993 Kindle Edition
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The book then covers those artists who survived against all the odds such as Iggy Pop (who gets numerous articles), Keith Richards, Shane McGowan, Neil Young and Lou Reed.
Finally we get some insights into a few angry young men (no women appear at all) such as Morrissey and Elvis Costello.
The author is well placed to write these stories by virtue of both being present and partaking of various substances himself - although he seemed more often than not to know when to stop!
There are some depressing traits that all the above seem to have in common such as anger, incredible levels of irresponsibility (to themselves and others), self-hate and a real drive to prove the world wrong. I would have really liked Kent to have offered the reader some insights as to whether or not he thought these ubiquitous traits were necessary in the creation of the music. Indeed, the weakness in this book is that Nick Kent doesn't seem to offer any judgements about any of the appalling events covered in this book - although I can see that some people may see that as a strength.
Having said that, this is probably as good a book about the dark side of rock and roll as we are likely to get.
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