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Clockers
Clockers
by Richard Price
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb writing., 2 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Clockers (Paperback)
"The walls of the waiting room were hung with black-and-white cautionary posters, encircling Strike with admonitions, the subjects ranging from AIDS to pregnancy to crack to alcohol, each one a little masterpiece of dread. Strike hated posters. If you were poor, posters followed you everywhere - health clinics, probation offices, housing offices, day care centers, welfare offices - and they were always blasting away at you with warnings to do this, don't do that, be like this, don't be like that, smarten up, control this, stop that."

I don't think you would find Julie Myerson or Ian McEwan making such an observation in any of their novels. That level of consciousness coupled with the quality of the dialogue, the characterisations, and the sheer brilliance of the plot, makes Richard Price a great writer.


Dead Of Night [DVD]
Dead Of Night [DVD]
Offered by Willcox Trading
Price: £14.95

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, death, madness, and the irrational burst through the polite English surface of this superb film., 10 April 2007
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This review is from: Dead Of Night [DVD] (DVD)
From an era when sheer cinematic skill rather than so-called special effects could create a chilling atmosphere and a sense of the macabre, Dead of Night is one of my favourite films. The golfing episode is, I think, under-rated. The wintry and almost deserted golf club provides a truly eerie setting. The episode also provides the film's most surreal image: that of Naunton Wayne appearing in full golfing gear among the wedding party. That touch of incongruity is truly Magrittian.


Hot Jazz, Warm Feet
Hot Jazz, Warm Feet
by John Chilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Jazz Warm Feet: a Breath of Fresh Air, 9 April 2007
This review is from: Hot Jazz, Warm Feet (Paperback)
Trumpeter John Chilton is the author of several biographies of leading jazz musicians, as well as the Who's Who of Jazz, and the Who's Who of British Jazz, all of which are essential reading. He also reviewed jazz records for the Daily Telegraph long before Philip Larkin. Now, at last, we have his own story.

Working and touring the UK and beyond with Bruce Turner and George Melly, and contact with visiting

American jazz greats ensures a fund of anecdote from this witty, erudite, intelligent, and entertaining

author. The certainty of chance afforded encounters with Graham Greene and Kingsley Amis, and

the book also contains affectionate tributes to the proprietor of the Frith Street Charm School, Ronnie Scott, and to Jonah Jones, an excellent trumpeter still too often overlooked, but the author never once stoops to

name-dropping or reflected glory.

The story of the Butlin's elephant and her hapless keeper, George Melly's heartfelt commiserations with the woman who had spent several years in Uxbridge, the proposed vehicular conveyance reserved for effusively

overoptimistic service industry operatives, and a chapter devoted to a Slim Gaillard gig that has to be

read to be believed, are a few of the passages from this book that made me laugh out loud.

Buy this book. It is set to join the small library of classic first-class British jazz autobiographies that includes George Melly's Owning Up, I Play As I Please and Second Chorus by Humphrey Lyttelton, Bruce Turner's Hot Air Cool Jazz, and Jim Godbolt's All This and Many a Dog. In an age when jazz is something studied at music college, and when the misery memoir is a best-selling genre, Hot Jazz Warm Feet is like a breath of fresh air.


The R. Crumb Handbook
The R. Crumb Handbook
by Robert Crumb
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Crumb Joins the Mainstream, 15 Aug. 2005
This review is from: The R. Crumb Handbook (Hardcover)
I used to be a big fan of Crumb but this book leaves me feeling quite depressed. Most of the drawings are funny, and as an artist he is talented, although I depart from some of the great claims made on his behalf, and The Cheap Suit Serenaders are a delight, but Crumb's whinging victim persona, far from signalling his position as an heroic outsider and iconoclast, is perfectly attuned to these miserablist times where to be anti-modernist, to hate Western society, to denigrate the achievements of the human race, and generally wallow in self-loathing has become mainstream.


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