The difficulty of balancing brief but numerous accounts of James Brown's mental instability with the thrill of playing in his band makes for an inconsistent reading experience.
21 Jun 2018
By making himself the hero and the villain of his own story, Lol Tolhurst maintains a satisfying evenness throughout Cured.
03 Nov 2017
Barbara Taylor's "bin memoir", as she terms it, tells a story of neglect, dysfunction, and failed expectations. She recovered; the mental health care system didn't.
25 Aug 2016
Richard Goldstein's journey is a closely observed, fervently lived “I was there” account of the music, the politics, the sex, the drugs, and the poetry in rock lyrics.
21 May 2015
In a collection of nearly 30 years' worth of work, Geoff Dyer proves himself to be a fascinatingly eclectic writer, but only partially succeeds at tying everything together.
25 May 2011
The Nice One from Monty Python sketches a consistent portrait of himself as a decent, ordinary bloke who just happens to be trapped in the role of light-comedy hero -- Hugh Grant comes inevitably to mind -- playing exasperated straight man to his whacky buddies, who in turn are forever dragging him into Situations.
10 Mar 2011
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