For somebody who only plays chess once in a blue moon I found this book very intriguing. Bobby really comes across as seriously tormented from a young age until his death. There is not too much technical language, but the author does jump time quite a bit which can make it difficult to follow.
I have 3 degrees in music and all I can say is that this book has taken a great album and made it boring through the overuse of music theory terms that most users will not understand. I was hoping that it would approach the story from a point of how the songs came about rather than saying "This song is based upon a chord progression of the IV-I chords essentially using a plagal cadence." Better save the money and just buy the CD.
A great book!!! The constant returns to drug use can grate on the nerves, but Kiedis gives great insight into his life from childhood all the way to the time the book was released. Very insightful.
As a music educator I bought this book hoping to be inspired or gain some new insight. This book is very clinical. The author enjoys stringing together long words and hearing them read back. There is little here that will be useful if you are able to listen past the the first hour. It may be good to try using this book if you are an insomniac who is not responding to therapy.
The paper version of the book has the inscription "This book will scare the hell out of you." That's exactly what happened when I read the book in my mid 20's. The exact opposite is true with the audio book version. The fact that it is abridged should've been my first clue. So much of the drama and details are taken out. Save your credit for another book and buy the real version of this one.
This book is basically a compilation of all of Dick's columns for the NY Times. Cavett spends so much time complaining about George W. Bush's mispronounciation of the word NUCLEAR that one wonders how he ever had a career before Bush was president. He spends so much time bashing Bush(Probably helped get the gig at the NYT) that it makes you wonder how he has survived the last president's 2 terms without killing himself. Here is a good breakdown of the book: 10% Dick Cavett TV show memories 15% Dick telling you how stupid you are(He loves to use quotes in foreign languages and references to Shakespeare to get this point across) 15%Dick telling you about who he knows/knew and his great adventures with them 60% conservative bashing. Yes, Dick does show some kindness to John McCain, but McCain is not very popular with the conservative base. The book has some interesting moments such as when Dick describes the death of a guest on his show and his adventures as a child, but most of this is a series of trashy, condescending columns compiled into a "book." Read at your own risk, but remember you will always be a small person and too stupid to hang with Dick.
I grew up listening to Anne Murray and others of her ilk. I found this book a great "read", but Anne drops names at every opportunity. In addition, she keeps speaking of her struggle with "low self esteem", but many of the passages come across as bragging. Anne seems somewhat out of touch with the fact that she has ALWAYS been an adult contemporary/country artist. She often refers to her forays into rock music. This is akin to David Cassidy referring to his years playing in punk bands. She is very candid and portrays her love of her family very well. This isn't a book with a bunch of hateful mud-slinging that you often find in musician bios. All in all the book gives great insight into the very private life of one of Canada's best exports. Murray fans(AKA Snowbirds) need to hold their flames and take this post as one person's OPINION.
After the first 15 minutes I just wanted to tell Carrie to stick a light sabre in it. She is a BITTER woman about EVERYTHING in her life. On top of it all her delivery is very unfunny. Her jabs at George Bush and Sarah Palin are very hackneyed and behind the times. Her voice will put hair on your back. Save your money, time and ears.
This is a great book! Even though it's short, Davy gets straight to the point and tells his story. No real shocking details, but a fun "read."
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