The answer to every problem was work, write songs and tour. You have to be interested. I used it to get up to speed on the group. He admits to being both a raging alcoholic and a big drug abuser for extended periods of his life. The question one may ask then is, what do you expect this book to be about? You get the dramatic drug and alcohol mishaps and resulting medical problems. His personal beliefs are out there; he believes that when he was born he was a fully thinking adult. In the crib he had sophisticated Zen thoughts. He has a whole philosophy about wishes. Beyond that there are some interesting stories.
He has a lot of celebrity friend stories. There is also a large parcel of sexual exploits both with male and female partners. All his writing on Television satisfies your curiosity there. He tells of his time living with Terry Ork.
When writing about his Television and solo careers he shows you how it was derailed by the drugging and drinking. Lloyd is always making a point. There are no dead spots, the prose moves along briskly. Worth getting? Hard to say. With his frank writing you get an idea of his unusual thought process.
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The main interest for us would be the obvious people; Patti Smith and Richard Hell. What Kane uncovers there is worth reading. There the second wave of NYC poets did their thing.
As punk was brewing Smith and Hell found their way to the Poetry Project. She was a phenomenon from the first reading. Even before that Richard Hell was doing a mimeographed poetry magazine called Genesis: Grasp first issue was in What Kane does that no one else has is to delve into that period and examine what Hell and Smith were doing in detail and what they were aiming for.
He comes up with a few things you might not know. He does a superior job illuminating Smith and her motives. There is so much that connects the poets and the punks.
More than what we would expect going through the same period here in Boston. If you have the interest in the poetry too then it really is the book for you. Jones was very poor growing up; and poor in England is worse than poor in America as he points out. He was an inveterate thief from the get go. He had a broken family and was sexually abused by the stepfather. As we know that leaves a scar for life. Then things heat up. With the Sex Pistols forming you get all the stories from the inside.
He admits he was drunk and drugged during most of the Sex Pistols years and contributes that to his success. As the Pistols break up he gets hooked on heroin. He gets Hep C. He eventually finds his way to AA. He does have impeccable taste in music. He mentions that he admired the first Johnathan Richman LP.
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Both were pivotal in the swing from old rock to punk. The stories around them are legend and the characters, oh the characters! Weiss shows that Nolan was as interesting as all the others. By doing that you can feel the sadness in the slow decline and imagine the could-have-beens. Weiss has gone to the source where possible. In many instances he gets a quote from a person who was there and involved to nail a point.
Weiss shows how this guiding principle was consistent through his whole career and affected all the groups he was in. Jerry had a charisma and was rock and roll from the beginning, even before the Dolls he had quite a resume. Peter Criss of Kiss was a childhood buddy. An interesting fact is that Jerry played with the blunt end of the drumstick, backwards otherwise, to make a bigger bang. Weiss makes the point a few times that Nolan would relate stories of his time in those groups to people greedy to hear it. So that fixation has been there from the early days. They had their day and they had influence.
Simon in the Daughters was on many bills with the Heartbreakers. Greg Allen was there on the last days and was giving Jerry a big lift by starting a group with him and getting songs lined up.
Boby Bear gets a quote talking about the night the Nolan group played the Rat on January 1, One big revel is that when Jerry was playing behind Sid Viciou s there was a Boston show planed for the Rat on Sept 24, but Sid was too screwed up to do it and indeed died a month later on Oct This is the book you want. Review by Blowfish Devotion.
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By Patti Smith Devotion is a short book, originally meant to be an essay. Its object is to illustrate how a story writer gets their ideas and makes a story of it. The book is divided into three parts. In the first part Patti presents the influences and ideas that work their way into her story. This being Patti the flow of ideas seem random and sometimes dreamlike. Much like they did in M Train. It makes sense here because that's the way the mind works. The second part is her short story Devotion. Eugenia lives to skate. It's her 'devotion' and she is fulfilled by it.
An older rich man Alexander intrudes into her life. Eugenia eventually kills him and goes back to skating.
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