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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! A decent book about the pitfalls of being in a band., 9 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Killing Bono (Paperback)
Having played in various bands this book really hits home. One of my phobias was always the idea that a mate might be successful and I'd be left behind. Jealousy, ambition, connections, lucky breaks... it's all here in this book.
I wonder if I'd have taken any notice of this book when I was younger... ah! It may have put me off... I like to think so with my older and wiser head... who am I kidding!
This is a well written, sometimes funny, sometimes bitter sweet look at trying to make it in the music business.
But imagine, your friend is Bono! How galling it would be to see him becoming a rock superstar while your repeatedly frustrated by bad luck and bad decisions and indiffrence.
What I also like is Neil's flowing and succinct writing which doesn't get bogged down in tiny details. He's honest about his own character showing his jealousies, outspoken way etc...
I've gone from loving U2 to hating them then coming back round to liking them but realising they're not the greatest band like I once thought.
But, they showed that four boys from school with a modicum of talent and faith can make it.
In some ways I blame them for me wasting years chasing the dream... They seemed to make it accessible. Reachable.
Bah Bono!
There are some great stories of Bono and the guys from the early years and having experienced what Neil writes about some heartbreaking bits about broken promises of deals with record companies, lawyers and managers.
It really hits home in regards to it becoming an all encompassing and affecting relationships.
Read it, it's worth it. Even if you're not in a band or ever had been. Especially read it if your son's in a band and believes "he'll make it" no matter what. Then get him to read it.
Great book!
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