on 10 May 2012
Having been a Numan fan pretty much since his first appearance on TOTP, this was a fascinating read. I only knew a few bits about his pre Tubeway Army days despite reading his autobiography and this book filled in the gaps nicely. As someone else mentioned, it's also delightfully warts and all so some people's thoughts are quite blunt in places and to be honest, I'm surprised they went on record in some cases. I did find it irritating that the author decided to put 'The Late xxx' next to all the deceased commentators names, just a single mention would have sufficed, surely? It did also put a spin not previously seen by myself on the early years of how helpful Gary was to other people. That flies in the face of the usual 'difficult loner' image portraid elsewhere.
As far as the bulk of the book i.e. a breakdown of each song, it's very thorough managing to include all sorts of oddities, out takes and other such rarities. In many cases the people interviewed barely remember them they were that obscure. It was also interesting reading the Beggers Banquet people's notes on finding lost tapes, problems doing remastering etc.
All in all, an absolute steal for the price. I'd have happily paid more for this. Maybe I should buy it a few more times :-) Thanks to the author for a really good read.
on 3 June 2015
first half, fascinating. Really absorbing to read the story behind those classic songs, and the events of the time.
I learned a lot of things I didn't know about the early years of Tubeway Army.
Second half, I skimmed. The low creative period, post I Assassin, is not so interesting.
on 2 January 2013
Alternative information from 'Praying to the Aliens' so well worth a read if you are interested in the the work and music of the most underrated and misunderstood yet diverse and interesting musician of the 20th/21st century. Slated by the post punk press in the 80's to present day (step forward Dylan Jones from GQ magazine) now his peers (who actually listened to the music) champion him (Liam from Prodigy, Lady Gaga, Bowie, Damon Albern, Prince...).
My only problem is that this book was published in 2005 so 2004 is the cut off date for details of his music
on 26 April 2012
found this quite by accident, and being a former gary numan nut, gave it a whirl ,obviously well researched and quite a bargain to boot. is a long way from the electric pioneer in content and quality .just loved reading all the interviews with band and family members ,some very honest and truthful. would guess it is the first of a few and is not twenty five pounds and airbrushed wih sycophantic drivel and bad photos .v good