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Whatever happened to the Backstreet Boys - and why do you care?
on 6 March 2015
What happens when you put the word “Famous” in front of the word “People?” Do they often automatically turn into raving egomaniacs? This 500+ pages suggests in so many ways that one shouldn’t expect too much of pop stars, hip-hop stars and even well-grounded folk like David Bowie and Trent Reznor don’t exactly turn into sparkling conversationalists. Some, like Brian Wilson, seemingly can’t converse without prompts from his wife, but going by the amount of drug-taking that accompanies stardom so often why should we expect our stars to glitter? We like them for the music don’t we? We have a grasp of the situation. Some of us still thank them for the music, some of us are still under the spell of our favourites – we just don’t make a big production of it any more. And in this series of interviews some of them still make sense. (Just a few). I didn’t read every interview because I quickly grasped these people were all saying the same thing. If they weren’t they were mostly incomprehensible, like the Jane’s Addiction band member who wants to programme his own zombie and shoot people into the atmosphere so they could float back down to earth. To be honest there’s so much garbage in this book that I’m surprised that Neil Strauss managed to get a few decent interviews. I also didn’t read the interviews of people I’d never heard of. I’d recommend you give this a miss unless, like me, you are a damaged completist. It will seriously mess with your head.
Strauss has done a strange thing anyway, by mixing up the quotes from interviews, and very few of them, as a result sound even halfway coherent. Still, handy to have around even if you only use it for a doorstop.