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Jumpin' In The Fire
Jumpin' In The Fire
by Sean Tyla
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Rockin' Tonight, 30 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Jumpin' In The Fire (Paperback)
Ageing rock 'n' rollers don't necessarily rock when they take a seat in front of the keyboards and relate the story of their lives. However, Sean Tyla, opposed to Keith Richards, does! The guy's obviously a natural and so he tells us what happened in, around, and after this great Pubrock band called immeculately DUCKS DELUXE. It's obvious, I used to be a fan. They were big in the Netherlands (if you can get big there), end even bigger in France. And while writing this I've put a tape of the Ducks live at Boddy's Music Inn on and it's rockin' and jiving! Great stuff! Now Sean has filled us in on the history of the Ducks and the Tyla Gang, who followed after the Ducks ground to a halt in 1975 and made it to fame in Germany. The writing is sharp, to the point, and the stories are garnished with anecdotes that will put a big grin on your face. Like Deke Leonard's "Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics" it grabs you from the word go until it suddenly ends, though the story is not complete by then. The end somehow takes you by surprise because you surely want the story to be told to the very end. Tyla doesn't! However Sean Tyla describes what it used be like in the 70s being a second division band without a spare pair of trousers and occasionally being forced to sell your guitars in order to keep your family in food. It's sad to read how devoted musicians became the balls in a pinball game played by the record company and management executives. They truly deserved better than that. And so at the end of their toiling there weren't any chauffeur-driven limousines nor mansions in the country, but only a load of bills to be paid.
Well-done, Sean, a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed it! And congrats to Soundcheck books on putting it out. I hope there are more to come.

Tor! The Story of German Football
Tor! The Story of German Football
by Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toooooooor!!, 25 July 2002
I've been a dedicated follower of football since that fateful day in Dortmund's Stadion Rote Erde some 40 years ago when Alemannia Aachen lost 3-5 to Borussia Dortmund after a 3-1 lead and Yugoslavian goalie Beara breaking his leg (again) - and I've always been inclined to read about the game as well as watching it, but I then had to come across a book on German football that I could sincerely recommend to others. I've now found it in Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger's "Tor!" which is not only detailed and precise on the factual side but also well-written and highly entertaining. The balance of facts and anecdotes is perfect, and Mr Hesse-Lichtenberger's detached perspective and often (suitably) ironic approach draw any kind of reader quickly into the book's numerous pages. Constantly changing between a frog's-eye and bird's-eye point of view, this books portraits German football from its diverse angles and examines its many facets. I don't see any competitor for this book on the history of German football, and as such its performance surpasses that of the current German national team. Anyone who has read Mr Hesse-Lichtenberger's contribution (definitely among the best three) to "Back Home" would have expected nothing less than a great book eloquently written.

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