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A Must-Read for Parrotheads, but otherwise uninteresting
on 24 June 1998
I am a full-fledged Parrothead with an interest in fishing and aviation. Given that, I found 'A Pirate Looks at 50' quite entertaining. However, if you are looking for a lot of new, revealing personal information from Buffett, don't look here. The idea of taking a trip around the Caribbean with the Buffett family seems exciting, yet he is only somewhat successful in relaying to the reader his enthusiasm for the journey. What i found most disturbing was Jimmy's obvious hypocrisy surrounding the corporate commercialism that he sees as evil, and all consuming. He preaches in his music and in this book against the negative influences of overadvertising and overdevelopment, yet he speaks happily about greasing the palms of customs agents with Margaritaville t-shirts and cds from his 'swag box'. You can't miss hundreds of references to 'Sony cd players', 'Borders bookstores', and too many other name brand items to list. All in all the book seems to be the embodiment of the evil corporate world he claims to detest. In the end, this book is a must-read for parrotheads, aging ex-hippies, and anyone with an interest in flying or fly-fishing. If you want any real substance, try Steve Eng's 'Jimmy Buffett- The Man from Margaritaville.' 'A Pirate Looks at Fifty' is not the the in-depth autobiography all Parrotheads have been longing for.