Had a run of book purchases lately and thought I’d fill you all in!
Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love – Peter Guralnick (£2.99 each – Oxfam Books)
These were an exciting find. I’m not a big Elvis guy but I’ve wanted to read these for ages. I feel like reading these will be a big project for me in 2014. Also, the guy in the Oxfam shop was delighted to discover the two spines formed Elvis’ face! In all these years he had never noticed. I’m guessing he’s not very good at jigsaws.
Slayer: 66⅔ The Jeff and Dave Years – D.X. Ferris (£15 Amazon)
This is a very timely new Slayer bio that comes hot on the heels of Dave Lombardo’s depature from the band and the tragic death of Jeff Hanneman (hence the “Jeff and Dave” title). It’s not as rushed as you might expect: the author started writing at the time of the Lombardo split with Hanneman passing away while the book was still being written. It’s an unofficial bio but D.X. Ferris wrote the fantastic Reign In Blood book that was part of the 33⅓ series and this is an exciting follow up to that. It’s fairly slight but it’s entertaining and interesting and also features some great unreleased pictures including early artwork sketches.
No Regrets – Ace Frehley (£2.50 Fopp Glasgow)
I couldn’t resist this at this price but after reading a few chapters I’ve had to put it away in favour of the more meaty Slayer and Elvis books. I’m not a big fan of musician autobiographies and this one seems unlikely to change that, although I’m sure there will be enough insights for it to be a rainy-day read. Before I put it away I had a wee skim… does Tod Howarth’s name really only appear once in this?!
Trampled Under Foot: The Power and Excess of Led Zeppelin by Barney Hoskyns (£2.50 Fopp Glasgow)
And here’s another fantastic bargain from Fopp. A new hardback too! I’m not sure I needed another Zep book (still not read the Mick Wall one I bought last year) but its curation of quotes and interview segments in place of a straight narrative is appealling. It looks fascinating and seems to carry the conversation into the years after the split too which is a bonus as I love Plant’s solo stuff and Coverdale/Page.
Not a bad haul for the money, I’m sure you’ll agree! I’m not the fastest reader so this lot should keep me busy until 2017! See you then!