Rock/musician biographies you liked.

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Post by RedVee » 17 Dec 2017, 10:17

Just finished ‘Working Class Man’. Very good, but I found it a harder read than the first.
Interestingly in the epilogue he mentioned that he found it harder to write. It seems though, that the writing is the best therapy he has had.

I knew he played hard but I didn’t realise he was that bad, that close to being another ‘gone too soon’ statistic.
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Post by BazzBass » 17 Dec 2017, 12:14

I recently finished the two Jimmy Barnes books, certainly more dark and gloomy than I expected. I woulda liked more touring stories but he had a lot to deal with in these books.
Highly recommended
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Post by OzzyGreg » 01 Feb 2018, 04:57

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A colleague told me that he took his kids up to our new local council library and found that it has been stocked entirely with brand new books. Curiosity got the better of me and I had to go for a look.
To my surprise, there were a quite a few rock biographies amongst the stock.

Browsing, I found this:
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I hadn't been a member of the library since I was a kid, so I joined up and took it home.
So far, about 100 pages in, I'm quite enjoying it.
It's not brilliantly written, in fact almost diary-like in sections, but still a bloody good read so far.
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Post by RedVee » 02 Feb 2018, 12:48

Since Christmas I’ve read the latest Jesse Fink Bonography, Bon: The Last Highway.
I was prepared to not like it as he seemed to be out to push his conclusion into the cause of Bons death.
But in the end I think it is a really good book, I gave it 5 stars on GoodReads :) .
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Post by BazzBass » 03 Feb 2018, 11:09

you mean he thinks he didn't die from hypothermia by sleeping in a mate's car overnight drunk as a skunk?
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Post by Boopbohead » 03 Feb 2018, 12:16

In another book on AC/DC, Mick Wall suggested Bon's party lifestyle led him to heroin, which may have pushed him over the edge on that particular night. Does Jessie Fink suggest similar findings, or would that spoil the book?
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Post by RedVee » 03 Feb 2018, 20:38

Yes, spoilers :) But that’s where he is going. Bulk availability in London at the time.

He made a good case
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Post by JMAN » 04 Feb 2018, 10:07

Have recently read Living Years by Mike Rutherford and Who Am I by Pete Townsend.
Living Years: lots of interesting military history, discusses Peter Gabriel and his antics, Phil Collins, and approach to song writing.
Townsend book: abused as a child by his granny and scout masters, typical rock and roller in the early days, setting up recording studios, tours, business and the introduction of internet and his court battle re a website he visited. Also a fair amount on Entwistle.

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Post by BazzBass » 04 Feb 2018, 12:12

re Bon Scott, my conclusion is that he and his mate were zonked out on heroin and or whiskey when they arrived at the mate's flat. He barely made it into his flat himself, but was too out of it to carry Bon inside and Bon was too out of it to help himself. So the mate left him in the car, in winter. Whether it was an OD on heroin or too much whiskey that caused him to remain in the car, it was the freezing temperature that killed him, probably hehe :)
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Post by OzzyGreg » 02 Apr 2018, 16:33

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Quite an interesting read. I had no idea the CBGBs and Max's Kansas city "in crowd" were as close as they were.
Not enough "dirt" on the Television/Verlaine aspect IMO and the book kind of cuts off all of a sudden, not unlike Kilbey's biography.
Still, worth a read.
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Alex James: A bit of a Blur

Post by OzzyGreg » 02 Apr 2018, 16:37

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I picked this one up at the Lifeline book fair for $3!
Loving it so far. An indepth look at the rise (and I guess fall, later) of Blur.
Not particularly well written, but still somewhat riveting, once you're into it, especially if you're a Blur fan.

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