- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (15 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057123271X
- ISBN-13: 978-0571232710
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Dark Stuff: Selected Writings on Rock Music 1972-1993 Paperback – 15 Mar 2007
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"'The Dark Stuff is a mighty tome, containing some of the best music journalism ever written." Spectator
The Dark Stuff, by Nick Kent, is a seminal collection of rock journalism, updated with new material.See all Product Description
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Kent was the New Musical Express's star attraction in the 1970s at a time when the publication was selling 300,000 copies per week. It was at the forefront of reporting on the punk explosion, punk personalities, the style and its offshoots. The NME's influential position gave Kent unique opportunities as a rock writer. Kent may be older & wiser but there's something to be said for the energy and enthusiasm of youth, since the recent stuff amongst the new additions is less gripping than the original writings from the 70s and 80s for NME and magazines like The Face, Arena and Spin.
The value of each chapter is directly proportional to the communication skills of those interviewed: that is why the Guns 'N' Roses piece is a complete waste of time and paper and shouldn't even have been included, whilst I loved the Roy Orbison interview although I've never really been into his music. I found the Brian Wilson piece too long and disagree with the author's assessment of the Rolling Stones after the 1960s.Read more ›
As the title suggests, we get to hear about some of the eccentricities which seem to go hand in hand with musical genius. If, for example, you thought the Beach Boys spent their time either surfing or singing high-pitched pop tunes to fans of their California sound, you'll be scratching your head at Brian Wilson's bizarre descent into reclusivity - complete with manipulative advisers, Wilson's obsession with the achievements of the Beatles and sticking his piano in a big sand pit to aid the song-writing process.
Each chapter offers enough to tempt the reader into wanting to know more about Kent's subject matter.
An amusing (and I suppose cautionary) tale of the madness, badness and sheer indestructibility of some of the greats.
Such lives tend to be littered with self-destruction and the concept of rock and roll may indeed be defined by variable degrees of self-destruction and "dark stuff". Nick Kent's book title therefore is somewhat misleading, suggesting that he is covering new ground where others have covered the "light stuff". However, although much of this biographical information is in the public domain without the help of Kent's writing, the latter is funny and natural in a way that many other writers' self-conscious lean towards sarcasm and meaningless criticism is not. Kent often provides a fresh and less air-brushed perspective on certain icons that seem to be generally untouchable, in what might be considered rock blasphemy, for example his darker and less forgiving take on Kurt Cobain, and this de-glamourisation of cult heroes might be what he refers to as the dark stuff.
This is not more than a collection of previously published magazine interviews/ articles and so there may be much you've read about before, however this is nevertheless an interesting and well-written collection of rock biography that is well worth a read.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Gentleman made me laugh big time, He is not politically correct and he doesnt care. He went through hell and back and told it like it was with no sugar coating regarding... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, by someone who was there if not always on the same planet at the time, buy this and buy Apathy For the Devil by the same author.Published 16 months ago by Timsan 55
A lot of the content is just reguritated stories from other sources that Dick Dent tries to pass off as his own. Disappointing mostly with a few odd gems.Published 23 months ago by Wild Bill
Another great book from Nick Kent. Having read his "Apathy for the devil" which covers his experiences during the seventies in a most entertaining manner, with a few... Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2014 by gARThIbiza
The book is an amazing series of writings on the rock world. Nick Kent is a dynamic and engaging writer who offers an exciting style as well as insider insight. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2011 by Peter Hirst
Well observed and taughtly written this book will be of interest to all music lovers. Stories of the great and not so great woven into a series of articles that lift the stone and... Read morePublished on 26 April 2010 by 70s