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Fried brain salad
on 12 December 2008
First things first: if you like the Elevators and want to know more, then buy this book. I did, and I'm not sorry, but it isn't a very good book for all that. It's rather ironic that the band could have been enormous, but were let down by unprofessional management, sloppy recordings and a slapdash approach that meant they were cooling their heels on bail in Texas while their moment came and went in California. Ironic because the book that documents their career is itself slapdash and unprofessional.
Sure, Drummond has gathered a huge amount of data and images, and he throws everything in willy nilly. Every image he could find is printed with regardless of quality; whole pages are given over to rambling transcripts of interviews instead of short, telling quotes; and the layout looks like it was done cheaply at home. Just like the recording of the first album, in fact.
It's all readable enough I suppose, but I felt like I was reading the author's notes - albeit tidied up a bit - instead of an actual story.