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  1.  Even the President the United sometimes has to stand Naked!!


    If my thought dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guilotine. It's alright Ma.... Take what you have gathered from coincidence! You used to be - so amused - at Napolean in rags and the language that he used. If we meet again, introduced as friends, please don't let on that you knew me well. Two riders were approaching and the wind began to ha-owl

    How much of a review do you need this is an AUTObiography. This is written wholly in Dylan's inimitable beat-poet-meets-folk-rock style and paints glorious technicolour picture glimpses of the man's life and early career. The episodes strangely tell you everything and nothing, leaving a greater mystery hidden behind a greater knowledge when you have finished. Contradictions? Full of 'em. You'll only truly find out by reading it.

  2.  Do not spoil your enjoyment by reading all of the reviews


    The reviews on the jacket & inside cover were so glowing I was ready to be disappointed but wasn't. The only problem is that they all give a little of the plot away so, if you read them all, you have a sense of what's going to happen. Just don't read the reviews, trust me, read the first chapter without preconception and then go from there.
    This book flows and is composed like a well constructed symphony or painting - all the componets carefully placed in their optimum place for best effect. It is a story that tears at the emotions and lets the pressure build but each time you think events are about to release the tension, they do not. The tale twists and pirouettes beautifully against expectations. Read it and weep!

  3.  A novel perspective on living with the holocaust


    A young girl fosterered by a german family, not pro-Nazi, near Dachau during the war years. How do you deal with the world around you at such a time, when rationing and survival have a huge impact on your decisions and opinions? Your family don't approve of what's going on but are powerless (almost) to prevent it.
    Almost everyone else seems happy enough with Hitler's ideology, at least superficially. It's a good environment to write a thought provoking novel which never gets depressing and keeps you involved throughout.

  4.  The origin of pychedelic music from Peyote driven Texans


    When LSD and DMT were legal and mescaline grew freely in the form of peyote all over Texas, in the years after Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, then the pioneers of the drug culture would inevitably find musicians to reflect these experiences. This laid the foundation in 65 directly for Janis & Big Brother, whose style unashamedly copies the Elevators.
    Repressed by the McCartheyist authorities and suppressed by inept management they were the headline band in Frisco in 66, the year before it all happened, supported by Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service et al. They went back to Texas that winter and, due to bail restrictions. could not return West after their busts.
    Your not paranoid when the system really is after you and they were after Roky & the Elevators big time. It didn't help that Tommy was half protecting and half oppressively controlling Roky with his incessant "let's drop acid and do music" dogma.
    Their management failed to do justice to their innovative musical creations with poorly produced lo-fi recordings. You can get an idea of what they were doing but it hardly does them justice. This is the story of what could have been but for conspiracies, halucinogens, psychotic episodes, busts, repression, ineptitude, poor timing and apathy. This was the seed and root of Frisco music which emerged and blossomed on the more liberal West Coast. Without the Elevators it wouldn't have happened and this story tells you of the embryonic evolution and how it impacted by osmosis on the bands they touched and sold their drug doctrine to.
    Read this book. It is probably a better guide than their CDs to just how huge an influence they were and how to snatch failure from the jaws of success. Had they been based in England or LA they would have bee enormous but then, where would they have found all that peyote?

  5.  A great little band until they were hijacked by Rod the Mod


    Prior to the departure of Steve Marriot and the arrival (demonic posession more like) of Rod Stewart\Ronnie Wood this was a terrific sixties British pop band. Nothing too pretentious or heavy. In an era where guitar heroes reigned it was Ian McLagan's keyboards that gave their sound its uniquity. It was and is feelgood psychedelia, happy go lucky smiley stuff. Plonk Lane written large here, particularly Disc two - the contribution from their Immediate backcatalogue, by far the better half of this compilation. Disc one represents the early success with Decca, not their finest recordings.
    The inclusion of their great Immediate singles, "Itchycoo Park", "Here Come the Nice", "Tin Soldier" and "Lazy Sunday" plus B Sides and a rake of stuff From "Ogden's Nut Gone" encapsulate a moment in time perfectly, before life and music became too serious. This is frothy, playful music, well written but still with that element of experimentation that made the sixties exciting. Play it in the car after a bad day at work and you will arrive home happy and refreshed. Ultimate Copllections rarely live up to that grand title but this one does. Hippy, trippy up-the-town-and-what's the-score music.

  6.  Walking the thin line between reality and otherwise


    Not as good as "Cloud Atlas" for me but a very different storyline written in the same readable prose. A trip thu urban Japanese subculture courtesy of the hero who is a troubled soul to say the least. The characters loom out of the shadows into sinister forms, whether in real time or one of our hero's reveries. Maybe they're too maliscious to be reveries but there the way his daydreams unfold, the thing's he'd like to do. Revenge is a hard task master. A good yarn for modern cosmopolitan times.

  7.  Far out in spades - take yourself there


    The Magic Captain is wierd (wired?) & strange by any popular measure but this early album is more accessible than Trout Mask or Maybe even Safe as Milk or even the Spotlight Kid. Whoever takes any notice of popular measure anyhow. Critics invariably get it wrong, and maybe this review is no different. Check it out for yourself.

    Really there are so many varied opinions about this album that there's little sense to be made of them all. The only opinion that counts is yours but, for what it's worth, I think this is five star stuff. But then wierd & strange is okay by me (I still like Syd Barrett!) It's certainly original, unique, unusual and powerful.

  8.  Good solid Mott


    Maybe Mott's ultimate problem is that they had a few great tracks and a lot of little better than average ones. They end up being a nine out of ten band (or four and a half stars in play.com speak). It's a shame that they will always be best remembered for a song Bowie gave them. My favourite things on here are the slower ones - Hymn for the Dudes, Ballad of Mott (both brilliant) and the Dylanesque Wish I was your Mother. Their Rock'n'Roll stuff is pretty ordinary really. I do like the meandering outro to Cadilac but I'm not too sure why, it's nothing revolutionary.

    If you're looking for something to change your life or perceptions then this isn't it, but if you're looking for something to play in the car on the way to work or on the long drive to your Aunt's in Scotland then this is perfect. It's solid glam seventies nostalgia, better than pap radio, very well written songs in patches and wholly accessible if you're not familiar with the songs. Good value at this price and I will play it on sunny days like today.

  9.  All the Young Drudes


    This is a bosting CD (excuse my lapse into local vernacular). Wierd and off the wall stuff - Upwards at 45 Degrees, Fear Loves this Place, Soul Desert and Mystery Trend are all Cope classics, with that gentle sense of threat and disgust. There are no duff tracks here. The guitar work is squeezed and treated and distorted (although strangely sensitive at times) to make an exquisite counter point to the Arch Drudes offset lyrics. It makes it all different and outside the box - just what you need to counter the breadhead world.Truly counter culture music.

  10.  Drury or Jury or Dewerie or Jewrie or Dury or just Dreary?


    I watched a Stiff documentary on the telly followed by an Ian Dury biog\tribute. It had me curious so I bought this CD, after working out how to spell his surname. I wasn't a big fan but it sounded like a good body of work from which to make a selection. 'Billericay Dickie', 'What a Waste', 'Sweet Gene Vincent', Sex & Drugs' & 'Clever Trevor' are all great but sadly that's about where it ends.

    Too many tracks included twice with different versions should have warned me these were thin pickings. Perhaps you just had to be there at the time and I wasn't. Maybe a one CD compilation would have been enough. Based on the same Stiff documentary I also bought a Wreckless Eric CD (made it up to £15 and free delivery). That was a much better buy, maybe 'cause it was only one CD.