Spent 18 months working at Midlands bank HQ in new st and the Birmingham school of music, i digged in south Yardley and found the Brummies spot on but more importantly MB and banks bitter and mild was tip top,Just finished Richard Vinen's excellent Seond City:Birmingham and the Forging of Modern Britain.As a young man back in the early 70's I was fortunate to spend 3 years in Brum as a student.The people and the place are much nicer than they're usually given credit for by people who've never lived there or stayed in the city for very long.
Just heard back from a Brummie mate (based in Sweden these days) who I'd sent the book onto (via France's excellent cheap rate for French Lit. )t.He really enjoyed the book too.Spent 18 months working at Midlands bank HQ in new st and the Birmingham school of music, i digged in south Yardley and found the Brummies spot on but more importantly MB and banks bitter and mild was tip top,
I don't like to name drop ...Thanks to Rob Noxious for sending this to me.
Allan Jones.Can't Stand up for Falling Down.
While I'm aware that much of the rock and roll lifestyle is said to be fuelled by exceseses in booze and drug taking can't say I want to read about it in interview after interview where the author clearly over indulges too.
I'm sure he does but I'm not much of a fan of his music journalism (apart from a few interviews with some musical heroes).I don't like to name drop ...
... but I enjoyed a good Sunday afternoon session with him in a pub in Twickenham ten years ago. Nice bloke and got his round(s) in.
My cousin, Ian Gibbons, was in the Kinks. I'll try and find this one.I recently finished Dave Davies' latest autobiography - it's a good read for any Kinks fan and it shed further light on the complex relationship between Dave and his older brother Ray.
I had seen Julien Temple's film about Dave a few years ago and I was aware of some of his spiritual, paranormal and mystical beliefs which he represents in greater detail here. They're quite fascinating in their own right, although unless you've been 'touched' by the experience of encountering the reassuring voices of other beings' presence, as Dave has, they might come across as quite personal.
I felt quite sad for Dave in the experience he had of being cut out of his pregnant girlfriend's life when they were both very young and this subject (and the daughter who he had not met) returned at various points of Dave's story, which I won't expand upon as it would be a huge 'spoiler'.
Dave writes about his long recovery from a stroke he experienced in 2004 and how he had to learn to play guitar again. It's a testament to his resilience and determination that he was able to do so and play live again nearly a decade later.
Some of the fine minutiae of The Kinks' record releases probably won't appeal to readers who are not great fans of the band but this is a minor issue as most people who read this will be. There's also some great social history in here about growing up in north London in the 1950s, the experience of coming of age in the sixties and some interesting stories about some of the big names of those days, including Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.
It's been good to get to know Dave the person beyond the knowledge that he's one of the most exciting guitarists of the last sixty years.
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