Had another book binge recently, but with very little expenditure!
A little Indie Comic Book depicting Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig’s life living together as a gay couple with practicing Satanists Hall and Oates staying next door. This works because it’s actually pretty affectionate and knowing, obviously put together by fans rather than detractors. I dare say Glenn might not see things that way… A nice curio for the collection.
I’ve already read a library copy but couldn’t resist picking this up for just 2 quid. It’s the hardback too so it’s a nicer edition with bigger photos. I found this fairly entertaining but a bit disappointing. Dave’s a big personality in Metal, for better or worse, but this didn’t really capture his charisma or voice with its generic auto-biographical style. Probably worth another read though, the sort of thing I’ll batter through in a couple of days.
Another bargain at Fopp. I’m fairly sure this will be the standard “I got rich and then took loads of drugs” fodder but you never know. There has been a ton of these kind of books coming out lately. They are usually nothing special but are quick, fun reads for in between meatier books!
Another bargain and it’s pure coincidence that it’s another G n’ R book. I’ve had my eye on it and it was cheap. It may well sit on my shelf for months or years before I even pick it up. This hasn’t had the best reviews ever, and has even been accused of factual inaccuracy by the band’s former manager in the pages of Classic Rock magazine. Might still be a good read though…
Simon is not shy at tackling mammoth subjects in his books and this is a look into the post-punk years of 1978 to 1984 taking in PiL, Black Flag, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and more! Not the hugest area of interest for me but Reynolds has a great way of putting the stories of the bands and genres into context and giving them a fascinating narrative. I’ve already fired through a couple of chapters and I’m enjoying it a lot.
Saving the best for last…
In case you think this doesn’t fit in a music blog, can I just say: “The Goat of Mendes… the Devil himself!”. The most Heavy Metal thing that has ever happened in the history of forever.