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A Passion Play: The Story of Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull
A Passion Play: The Story of Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull
by Brian Rabey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Tull/IA book, 30 Dec. 2013
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Brian Rabey deserves praise for coming up with such a concise and readable history of JT. Its easy when you are dealing with a band of some 45 years and counting to overdo the facts and detail.
The structure works really well. Each album and period is not over analysed. Brian presents the facts and then gets the inside story from the relevant members with Ian getting the final say ( as it should be).
Ian's final interview in the second part of the book is the most revealing you'll read anywhere.
For fans that have been with the band for a long long time the reflection now of albums that are long gone is interesting too. How many of us thought that .com in 99' would be the last 'proper' Tull album? You have to agree that the Nightcap album was very underated at the time.These reflections are very true and will strike a chord with older fans.
For recent fans they can read the story and listen to the back catalogue now on a regular basis brilliantly remastered. Another IA album is planned for 2014 and the next remaster is the much maligned Passion Play. The story goes on and theres a good few chapters to come.
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Breaking Bad: The Final Season - Episodes 1-8 [Blu-ray]
Breaking Bad: The Final Season - Episodes 1-8 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Bryan Cranston
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Price: £5.66

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever, 29 Nov. 2013
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Brilliant finale to an amazing series. Ive never been as hooked on any (TV?) drama series as much as this The characters are all memorable and the story a dramatic roller coaster. It doesn't get any better than this.


Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream
Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream
by Neil Young
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Man look at your life, 2 Dec. 2012
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Imagine calling into see Neil for the day? He's at his ranch playing trains, looking at cars. Family nearby." Hey Neil tell me all about what's been happening over the last 67 years. I've got all day"

Neil sits down by his redwood framed fire place. From the days in Ontario, the first trip to LA onto stardom and peace in Hawaii. The obsessions with the various projects he has sunk his tme and money into. The many,many artists he has worked with . The struggles and joys of a typical rock star balancing life on the road, the studio and the homes.
Thats what you get over 68 ( yep sixty eight) short chapters. A cosy chat with Neil.What makes it is that it IS him not yet another heresay.Jimmy Macdonagh's brilliant Shakey easliy the best of that bunch.
So If Neil says he loves Stephen Stills you better believe it. Though it seems he loves just about everyone he's ever met. He even thanks everyone he's ever met in this book and 'the next book'.
It is a Hippie Dream as only the man himself can describe. Though sometimes he doesnt know himself how certain things happened. They just did.Us fans are fascinated by the stories behind the stories, you have to go with it. Where do so many songs come from? Why make so many albums in different styles? Facts can confirmed but theres some answers that arent there becuase they will never be there.
A man following his dreams and taking us with him on his journey. Heres to the next 68 chapters.
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Ginger Baker: Hellraiser
Ginger Baker: Hellraiser
by Ginger Baker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars a touch of ginger bitter, 16 Sept. 2012
The prologue is perhaps the most enlightning introduction to any biog you can read. One and half pages of mayhem that explain how this book ever exsisted and its story of chaos sets the tone of whats to come.

The usual recollections ( like Keith Richards, how these guys can remember such detail is surprising)of S,D R & R.
Perhaps too much detail in some parts. Ginger is hardly the type to suffer fools but at times his cheeky South London charm shines through. A dodgy bloke who made great use of his talent then went about destroying it and just about anything else he got involved with. Polo, horses, partners,managers,houses,visas oh and of course he was in a band or two. It all ended in bonfires.
He seems to have spent a lot of his life running away. Cars or jeep journeys at great speed across continents. Shabby lifestyle,posh lifestyle, money blown,drugs blown,chicks... All up in smoke but each time he lives to tell the tale and what a bitter tale it is.
Various other muscians come in for us much stick as his Ludwig Drum Kit but without the finese.
He even uses the last paragraph of the book to lay into the late John Bonham. Jealousy? Ginger? surely not??


Thick As A Brick 2
Thick As A Brick 2
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sucessful return to former glories, 13 April 2012
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This must be Ian Andersons 'Rocky' moment.
A former heavyweight of all things that have become 'classic' in Rock music, no longer the force that once was but now comes out fighting and triumphs against some mighty high odds.

Ian's best lyrics for many many years.
My only criticism is perhaps another voice could have come in handy on one or two tracks other than Ian's.
The use of the accordian brings in the more recent influences of the solo albums Ian has put out since Tull seemingly ceased to be a recording band.
His current band of young and not so young provide a perfect soundtrack for the Minstrel's concept.

Many a band or artist has tried and failed when revisiting an album from their heyday. In this case we have been treated to a work that tips its tartan beret to days of hair and codpiece whilst living in the present. No sitting out this one.
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Life: Keith Richards
Life: Keith Richards
by Keith Richards
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil went down to Dartford, 3 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Life: Keith Richards (Hardcover)
You really couldnt make it up. Any of it!
I cant think of any other rock star or anyone that can have so many bizarre stories. This really hits the ground running with a mad sprint from the very start with the story of being arrested in deepest bible belt USA. But thats just the starter. You get to find out this is just another day, another chapter in a mad, drug fuelled yet creative life.
Once we go through the surisingly enjoyable recollections of life in Downtown Dartford (yes I can believe it was that bad) we get into arenas of rock and roll excess that many aspire to but very very few reach.
This is the Real Deal.
You name what any rock star/celeb/whatever can go through, it happens here. He lived the dreams,the nightmares and the undefinable.
Am amazing recall too thanks no doubt to the long list of 'i was there too' at the back.
I just wonder as in all these biogs. theres stories that cant be told. In this case the mind absolutely boggles overtime at what could possibly remain unprinted!


Emerson, Lake & Palmer - 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert, High Voltage Festival, 25th july 2010 [DVD]
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert, High Voltage Festival, 25th july 2010 [DVD]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Show that finally ended my friends., 3 Sept. 2011
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The emotions of the occasion come through. A fitting finale and I recommend to all fans of all ages. 'FEEDBACK'! is missing (you had to be there)
The picture quality is HD so its great value. Sound has been wonderfully mixed for 5:1
Just get miffed at Gregs comments on the DVD extras. Every band can say 'if only'.
My 'if only' would have been why didnt you come to UK in 77-79? three albums were released and not one UK tour.They actually went 18 years between gigs in London twice. 74 -92 and 92- 2010!!
But that was ELP. A unique trio the like of which you'll never see again.
The Endless Enigma!


LZ-'75: Across America with Led Zeppelin
LZ-'75: Across America with Led Zeppelin
by Stephen Davis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Myths Remain The Same, 9 Jan. 2011
Hammer Of The Gods was Stephen's previous effort about Zep and their tour escapades.
That book became a good if not reliable source of tales from the Zep camp back in the hey day of the early 70's.
Most of his stories were however lifted from the much better and more believeable 'Stairway To Heaven' by Richard Cole,
This new book is based mainly on the troubled USA tour in 1975. Davis uses his collection of note pads and memos which amzingly have been misplaced for the last three decades.
Davis paints a picture of 4 guys who werent that happy to leave their mansions and families to embark on yet another tour. But when they got to LA, the usual debauched image of Drugs,groupies and black magic takes hold.Happy Days!
He blags his way to meet Jimmy Page on the back of a stolen pre published manuscript from another guys interview. Then having secured a seat at the court of Mr Plant ( gettng these meetings was very very hard and yet he was staying in the same hotel)he eventually finds that his interviews dont get published anyway!
Apart from some juicy gossip as a result of a hillarious 'interview' with two roadies theres nothing new here that most Zep fans didnt already know.
The concert recollections could have been collated by anyone with a good set of bootlegs from the tour.
Still for a fan like me who luckily saw them on the first and last night at Earls Court I have to agree with Davis that Zep peaked as a live and Studio band in 1975.
The demons that followed them throughtout that year only increased in time and ultimately finshed them off in 1980.
I'd recommend this book to younger Zep fans with curiosity about the myths that will always surround this most magnifcent of Rock bands.
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Apathy for the Devil
Apathy for the Devil
by Nick Kent
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Living the dream or was it a nightmare?, 6 Sept. 2010
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So Jethro Tull drove Nick Kent to heroin?
Anyone old enough to recall Kents over zealous and under informed reviews from the early to mid 70's will no doubt become enlightened after this read as to how his pen was so poisoned.
Drugs.drugs and more drugs. take that away and you have half a book but of course half the story too.
Living the rock fans dream,he was fan and friend to the Gods he worshipped and indulged with. Surely Kent's 'connections' was one the reasons many of them took to him. Still as the book rolls on into the envitable Punk era it takes a surprising turn as Nick denounces the Emperors New Clothing for what little it was worth.
He saw the likes of Mclaren etc for what they really were. Pity more scribes didnt publish this at the time (including Kent himself).
Mad stories and too many coincidences to almost believe.
Bob Marley was in the toilet too eh?
Lucky guy to be part of the 70's rock exploison the like of which will never happen again and unlucky guy to have sucummbed to the massive excess that period also laid on its partcipants. The higher up the league the worse it got.
His realtionship with Chrissie Hynde was told with traces of bitterness yet warmth but no mention of a certain Mick Jones?
His drug days must have started early if he considered Joanne Goode to be the lady he describes too!
I'm very glad he lives to tell the tale. A must read for any rock fan of any age who wonders what it was really like 'back in the day'.


Different for Girls: A girl's own true-life adventures in pop
Different for Girls: A girl's own true-life adventures in pop
by Louise Wener
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snap, Crackle and Britpop!, 20 July 2010
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Ok for the most part its a girly book but then Louise was a girly.
Her tales of growing up in the poorer parts of Essex are charmingly frank.
The struggles to get to grips with home taping of the top 30 using a microphone. We've all been there (well anyone over 40 has)but in 1979? The DIN plug had been and almost gone by then.
Things must have been hard for the young Wener.
The book really kicks in as the band Sleeper (despite my very keen interest in rock this lot passed me by!)and Louise find out that all that glitters etc.
The usual rollercoaster of Demo/Signing/album/tour/promo leading to sucess leading to drink/drugs and the inevitable decline after three years.
Its a common story in R and R but Louise brings a refreshing account and makes it so honest and funny compared to the many tales of Grumpy Old Gits from the 60's and 70's.
Her personality shines through. She had her Fleetwood Mac moment (unintened) and her Kate Bush,Human League etc (very much intended) This is it, this it how it was and no regrets.
Louise just wins you over more and more as the book progresess.Yes its not only diffrent its tough for a girl in a band!
Wonder what happened to Bernice and who was Eddie?


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