Thursday, June 27 2002
The book, published in 1971 (originally entitled 'Addie Pray') caught the interest of Hollywood and renowned director, Peter Bogdanovich, who made Brown's story into an overwhelmingly successful film, starring Ryan O'Neal and his daughter, Tatum, and called it 'Paper Moon'. The rest, as they say, is history.
His misanthropy is always legitimised by a political motivation (in the case of this book, a kind of anarchic eco-awareness), so it never quite veers into the ranting to which it nevertheless approximates.
The Sex Pistols staged a reunion in 1996 that met with mixed reviews and are scheduled to reform this summer. Both comebacks have prompted the question 'How can you do a Sex Pistols show without Sid Vicious'"
Gordon brings to his subject a fan's admiration for the music without abandoning a historian's dedication to detail. His language is rich and evocative, particularly when he conjures up the sound of one of Muddy's most famous works.