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Re: MrMagpie's Music Book Reviews

Post by KingLouieLouie76 » 26 May 2016, 12:54

MrMagpie wrote:Newest review:

Robert Plant: The Voice That Sailed the Zeppelin --> http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2016/05/ ... -that.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The second bio on Plant published in the last three years. The earlier one focused more on his personal life while this one stuck more to his music. Neither is definitive but together they present an almost complete picture.

Anyone here read this? What did you think? Let's discuss!

Brilliant review as always....I've honestly never read it, but always been into Plant myself....He really evolved quite a bit after Zeppelin..... Really loved his early-late 80s material... "Big Log" and "In the Mood" were outstanding....yes, they still had some Zeppelin in them, but that isn't a bad thing whatsoever. When he did the Honeydrippers with "Sea Of Love", that in retrospect was rather hysterical.

I'm glad they've honored and preserved their legacy by not recording a new LZ album because no way they could replicate anything without Bonzo! Unlike the Who, they didn't bring in someone inferior to attempt to continue on.... Bonzo Jr? No....still not the same.... just as a horrid suggestion as the Beatles all reuniting with Julian covering for John...... But I promise not to veer off topic further.....
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Post by MrMagpie » 26 May 2016, 16:36

Unlike Page, who has remained fairly pathetic with his inability to let Zeppelin go and make music free of the band, Plant has moved and done his own thing from the minute they split. It's not always been successful or fantastic, but it's always been good and he's always been interesting. The album with Alison Kraus still sounds fantastic...wish I'd been able to have seen that tour!
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Post by KingLouieLouie76 » 26 May 2016, 18:10

MrMagpie wrote:Unlike Page, who has remained fairly pathetic with his inability to let Zeppelin go and make music free of the band, Plant has moved and done his own thing from the minute they split. It's not always been successful or fantastic, but it's always been good and he's always been interesting. The album with Alison Kraus still sounds fantastic...wish I'd been able to have seen that tour!

I was going to mention his Alison Kraus collaboration...Such a major departure, but very refreshing he could expand his horizons... Yes, even though I loved the Firm, Page was trying to essentially recapture Zeppelin's later sound with them, but at least Paul Rodgers added his own distinct styling in the mix.....

Even JPJ has ventured more into innovative directions himself since Zeppelin's split and I believe he was the most talented musician of them all!
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Re: MrMagpie's Music Book Reviews

Post by MrMagpie » 27 May 2016, 15:02

Even worse than the Firm was Page's misstep with David Coverdale! If *that* wasn't a desperate attempt to make a Led Zeppelin mk II, I don't know what was!

It's a shame Plant and Krauss abandoned their second album after only a few sessions...but at the same time, I guess it's good they realized they couldn't recapture that same magic and moved on before they got in too deep.
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Post by KingLouieLouie76 » 31 May 2016, 04:05

MrMagpie wrote:Even worse than the Firm was Page's misstep with David Coverdale! If *that* wasn't a desperate attempt to make a Led Zeppelin mk II, I don't know what was!

It's a shame Plant and Krauss abandoned their second album after only a few sessions...but at the same time, I guess it's good they realized they couldn't recapture that same magic and moved on before they got in too deep.

Yeah...I could never get into Coverdale & Page whatsoever... I never knew that Plant and Krauss even attempted to record a second album together. And I agree, perhaps it would have been an IMMENSE disappointment compared to the first one.....
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Re: MrMagpie's Music Book Reviews

Post by MrMagpie » 13 Jun 2016, 18:29

Gosh, I've been traveling for work and so out of the loop as far as being online!

Two more reviews:

The Last Great Event (all about the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival...GREAT book!!!) --> http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2016/05/ ... le-of.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Riders on the Storm: My Life With Jim Morrison and the Doors (John Densmore memoir) --> http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2016/06/ ... -life.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: MrMagpie's Music Book Reviews

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 15 Jun 2016, 07:05

Thank you for this well-written review Mr. Magpie. And the You Tube links including the Ricky Farr interview. A great taster for the book.

As discussed earlier in this thread, I found Volume One a compelling read, and the new book seems like it will be the same. I suspect a good Christmas present for me, if I can wait that long... :)

It will be good to read the full story of what happened at this fabled event, which I think is one of the definitive happenings of the period (along with e.g. the deaths of the '27-club' rock stars, Altamount, The Beatles break-up etc) which influenced the formation of the 'rock industry'.
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Post by MrMagpie » 15 Jun 2016, 13:25

I liked it even better than Volume 1, and you know how much I loved that one! It also completely opened my eyes to the truth of what actually happened at the festival, which is especially glaring now when I read other accounts that blindly accept the narrative based on Murray Lerner's creative editing in Message to Love. That's what I'd always thought, that it was mass chaos from Day 1 and that huge hordes of anarchists and radicals tore the fences down and caused mayhem. That's about as far opposite from the truth as what actually happened.

And the line-up of bands and artists...incredible!
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 22 Jun 2016, 04:33

It was a remarkable line-up. The 1968 & 1969 events had been quite remarkable as well.

This was a period of path-finding. Major artists were attainable by local promoters and this is the essence of the IOW festivals.

The music industry was on the way to what it would become. A successful phenomenon, with a few downsides, was being shaped.
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Post by MrMagpie » 29 Jun 2016, 12:49

New review: the (in)famous first comprehensive Beatles bio, Shout!, by Philip Norman --> http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2016/06/ ... their.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Not nearly as bad as I remember it or as it's been made out to be, but also still full of examples of why it received much of that reception from the Beatles fan community in the first place!
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Re: MrMagpie's Music Book Reviews

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 30 Jun 2016, 06:53

Another good assessment Mr. Magpie. I read the Hunter Davies bio but never read 'Shout!'.

As you suggest I will be looking to the Lewisohn series if I read any more Beatles bios.
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Post by MrMagpie » 30 Jun 2016, 20:39

Shout! is definitely a worthwhile read, but the Lewisohn series is going to be the last word. I reviewed volume 1 when it came out in 2013...have you read my write-up of it? The book was great. I have also got the super-deluxe expanded edition of it when it was released, so I will be reading that soon to review, but I need to space the Beatles books with other ones since I've got so many of them! :lol: Shout! is definitely more accessible and easier to digest.
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 02 Jul 2016, 06:56

I'm not sure if I will read 'Shout!' (time constraints etc). But I am interested in the Lewisohn series which should be worth an investment.
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Re: MrMagpie's Music Book Reviews

Post by MrMagpie » 06 Jul 2016, 13:12

^those are definitely worth the time and $, definitely!

Newest review: There Is No Substitute: A Tribute to Keith Moon --> http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2016/07/ ... there.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Pretty nice book commissioned by the estate of Keith Moon. Gets a bit weird toward the end (read my review to see why, too much to type here). Still, it's nice to see him appreciated for the genius drummer and larger-than-life personality he was.
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Re: MrMagpie's Music Book Reviews

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 11 Jul 2016, 05:51

Maybe the 'off-beat' bits towards the end were included to show the effect that Keith (& The Who) had on all kinds of people.

Perhaps it doesn't put those people (e.g. 'lifelong' teenage fans, incoherent groupies) in a good light.
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