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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Aro Books worldwide (24 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898185204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898185208
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
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Either Doc Togden is normal, or I'm odd too, as there are so many similarities here with my early life we could be brothers. We both had fathers who fought against our chosen musical careers and the length of our hair. I like biographies and this one of Doc's early life with his introduction to blues music at the tender age of 7 is like no other I have read before. I couldn't put it down, although often forced to by the late hour. He illustrates his points with quotes from many a blues song, film, poem or book to the extent that I have never seen before. This book should be a benchmark for all future music biographies, I'll even have to go back and re-write some of mine!

Any musician who grew up in the 50's and 60's, when the boundaries of music were being pushed further than they ever will again, will empathise with Doc and his struggles with family, friends and school to fulfil his ambition to be a blues musician. I urge all of those musicians to read this book; it will bring a tear to your eyes of both sadness and joy. I can't recommend it enough. Anybody who thinks The Beatles `Revolver' album was the best one they made certainly knows his stuff!
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An Odd Boy by Doc Togden is unlike any other biography I've ever read. The author is an artist who hasn't fallen into the vain cynicism that is the hallmark of the twentieth century intellectual. In fact, the author never claims to be an intellectual while clearly conveying the true mark of intelligence: kindness and appreciation for the people and culture around him in his life. The author doesn't present his story with rose colored glasses, but instead focuses on the realization he experiences of himself as an artist and the things which occurred in his life which lead him to this realization. He presents to the reader the possibility of the teenage years being a time for something other than the stereotypical inner conflicts and immature dalliances which we typically assume are the common experiences of adolescence. One of the more interesting unconventionalities of this text is the author's integration of song lyrics into the narrative, which complements the narrative text and adds a certain surrealism to the story. It reads as if the art that was going on around the writer was in fact an actual part of his life. If the reader is someone who has ever had suspicion of the popular culture around them, this reader will definitely find the narrator an empathic character. I highly recommend it.
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At the tide rising cliff hanging end of volume one, I can hardly say I am finished with this book, nor that it is finished with me. I can say that if you even wonder if you are an artist, and yet if you are not sure you know how exactly that could define you, you definitely want to read this inspiring elegy of an odd boy's passion for poetry and Blues.
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An odd boy is an autobiographical account by Doc Togden. In it, he tells us about his growing up, his love for poetry, painting and Blues. It is inspiring to see the love and passion for the Arts that the author has and it is incredibly contagious. I liked very much how the author does not circumscribe the Arts to what is conventionally considered to be Art, and it seems to me that this is a central topic throughout the book. He encourages everyone to be an Artist in every aspect of daily life and mentions how it is possible to be an Artist when you get dressed in the morning and when you undress at night.
The maturity displayed by the author at such a young age is remarkable, as is the appreciation and enjoyment the author shows for everything he experiences. In the book, he also narrates the difficulties he experienced while growing up, but without putting himself in the role of a victim. He tells us of his relationship with his friends and his parents, his experiences at school, and how he got to form a Blues band with his friends, for whom he shows a profound admiration as musicians. I found An odd boy to be highly entertaining. It is a memoir filled with joy, humor and sadness. I literally couldn't put it down.
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Simply the best book I ever read. In this book I find the inspiration to be an artist, even though I work as an engineer. I highly recomend it.
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