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Everything you want to know about 1988 but were affraid to ask!
on 12 May 2017
Love this book, so why only 4 stars? I'd put most of it down to the publishers, try finding the asterisk's it was only because I noticed FNs at bottom of the page. Then there's the setup, would have loved to see the Names, Photos & DOBs all on one page. As a 'Deadhead I was very surprised to note Greenaway's thinking about not playing the same show twice, The Dead played up to 100 gigs PA, (3-6hrs of Music per show) for 30 yrs, give a Deadhead 3 songs in a row he'll give the date, venue, & everything else you could want all from his trusted 'Deadbase'.
So just what kinda book is this? As a Historian I know the value of primary sources & Greenaway does too, this book must have taken a very long time to write as he has interviewed everyone he could & must have gone back time & time again. The books format is a bit like a diary with anecdotes from the surviving members. I learnt quite a bit, I got the joke with the guy coming up on stage & slagging Zappa off (if it had been real they would have just turned the mike off) but I did not realise the "I just bumped into Sting, Cash" were for real. I also learned & for the first time sympathised with Gail & Moon about just how insecure their life really was would have loved more on this. I don't buy the "I lost $400,000" Zappa's always been a tight arse and I would have loved something about his (& his family) hang ups with money too.
This is the best book you'll ever get on the 1988 problems with the band & without a doubt Keneally is the guy you'd like as a friend he comes
across by far in the most positive light. I find it very easy to empathise with Thunes suffering the same defects as he does. Although Greenaway skirts around it even he has to concede that there was only one person to blame for the demise of such a great band, it was of
course the guy in charge, he paid their wages and should not have left it to one of his employees to lord it over the rest, it was Zappa's fault the band imploded & he probably knew it. I don't buy the premise "He was sick" no, he was pissed.
I hope very much that Greenaway will write another Zappa Book covering some of the stuff I mentioned & a whole lot more, especially on the 'missing groupies'. :)
(edit) addenda; Greenaway understands memory & how it works (he must have read Dawkins :) ) Great read