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MrMagpie's Music Book Reviews

Post by MrMagpie » 04 Oct 2014, 13:39

...to continue from the old forum...

The latest one, Noel Redding's "Are You Experienced? The Inside Story of the Hendrix Experience" --->

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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 08 Oct 2014, 20:03

It looks a good book, Mr Magpie, as does 'Jimi Hendrix - Setting The Record Straight'.

Being written in the 1990s theoretically dates them a bit, but as you say important people now sadly deceased were interviewed. They gave first-hand accounts, which couldn't happen now.
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Post by MrMagpie » 09 Oct 2014, 02:10

Exactly! I reviewed Setting the Record Straight a few months ago, dunno if you saw it on my site?
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 12 Oct 2014, 10:21

Yes I did. Some excellent reviews on there. 8-)
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Post by MrMagpie » 12 Oct 2014, 12:01

Thanks!

I'm finishing up a brand new book on the Who which I'll have the review posted to soon, probably this week.
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 13 Oct 2014, 08:35

Look forward to it, you have reviewed some good music, much of which was influential on Blur no doubt.
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Post by MrMagpie » 16 Oct 2014, 18:29

Pretend You're in a War: The Who & the Sixties

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I thought this book was great. Nice to have something that focuses on their career in the decade since most accounts don't start to get really in depth until Tommy (with some exceptions). Anyone else read it? Agree/disagree?
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Post by MrMagpie » 28 Oct 2014, 04:19

The Beatles Lyrics, the new book by Hunter Davies: not perfect but damn near close. Really wonderful and essential for any Beatles fan. Even if you know just about everything about them, I think you'll enjoy it.

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Post by MrMagpie » 22 Dec 2014, 21:47

Damn, I've been lagging on this! Here are some more:

Light and Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page: http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2014/12/ ... shade.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Hotter Than a Match Head : Life On the Run With the Lovin' Spoonful: http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2014/12/ ... -life.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Beatles Through Headphones: http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2014/11/ ... hones.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A Banquet of Consequences (CCR's manager's book): http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2014/11/ ... ences.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by KingLouieLouie76 » 24 Dec 2014, 16:31

MrMagpie wrote:Damn, I've been lagging on this! Here are some more:

Hotter Than a Match Head : Life On the Run With the Lovin' Spoonful: http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2014/12/ ... -life.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Another top-notch review...I've always been a huge Lovin' Spoonful fan....I never knew that Boone lead that pirate/nomad life though! Zal went back to his native Canada and opened up a couple of restaurants..Of course Sebastian did that epic Woodstock performance and then later recorded the "Welcome Back Kotter" theme.. Sebastian though during their HOF induction performance suffered from some throat ailment which detracted away from his voice tremendously. Lord, I wish during Paul Simon's movie "One Trick Pony" that they featured the entire band's set.....They just cut in and out throughout, but they sounded like they never split from each other. Sebastian did join Zal when Zal was inducted into the Canadian HOF......

One interesting bit of trivia.... They were supposed to be the Monkees, but their record label prevented that from happening.....Meaning, the show was supposed to be based on them. I think Zal was going to be terminated from the band anyways because he would mimic Sebastian during their live performances because he started to despise the direction they were going...Here's one prime example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjaPXihbORk" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Nothing beats though them doing the "What's Up Tiger Lily" soundtrack....
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Post by MrMagpie » 26 Dec 2014, 14:17

Yeah that Monkees thing was a weird one, and new to me when I read the book! Good thing they didn't take it, however...they were already somewhat established and also had more musical credibility than the eventual Monkees...while the exposure would've been good for them, it certainly would have been a huge step down in terms of their standing in the rock world.
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 29 Dec 2014, 09:52

Received the Hendrix book 'Setting The Record Straight' for Christmas - having seen the review on here :D
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Post by MrMagpie » 29 Dec 2014, 16:34

Revisited an older book for this one, a book I hadn't read in almost 20 years. My opinion of it has cooled considerably since the hype surrounding it's release in 1995. It's still a nice enough read but there's not a lot of meat to it...

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Post by KingLouieLouie76 » 14 Jan 2015, 12:20

MrMagpie wrote:Yeah that Monkees thing was a weird one, and new to me when I read the book! Good thing they didn't take it, however...they were already somewhat established and also had more musical credibility than the eventual Monkees...while the exposure would've been good for them, it certainly would have been a huge step down in terms of their standing in the rock world.

I am certain the premise would have been different. Instead of an aspiring band trying to hit the "big time" it would have probably centered around how life on the road was (which the Monkees did during one of their earlier episodes) and other matters surrounding the band. If you were to analyze, Mike was definitely Zal, Peter was Steve (such a striking resemblance back then), perhaps Davey was more like John, and Mickey equaled Joe..... I am glad though it turned out the way it did since I've always been a huge Monkees fan myself!
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Post by MrMagpie » 20 Jan 2015, 15:12

I've got something really special in store on my site regarding this book and the Lovin' Spoonful...stay tuned! :D
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