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A sad depressing book that might well put you off the Man...,
This review is from: Can You Feel the Silence?: Van Morrison - A New Biography (Paperback)
...or Clinton Heylin.
I don't usually review things badly. I'm sure everyone who writes, records or otherwise creates something for us, is doing their best. I decided to make an exception of this book because the author gives of so much negativity and sourness about Van Morrison that it put me off his music for the past three years. I found myself being influenced because of Van's reputation for being curmudgeonly and difficult. Plus, because of his alleged lack of social grace, there's not really an easily accessed portrait of offering a more rounded or even sympathetic view. His music is so beautiful and well crafted that there must be positives to draw from him as an artist - there's always something to love. You wouldn't know that from this book.
So I'm off to try and rekindle some love for Van Morrison. I intend to neutralise Clinton Heylin's Dylan obsessed jaundice with an old Johnny Rogan book I found, and I'm even going to give Greil Marcus's much criticised effort a go.
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