I enjoyed the historical aspects of the topic. Hearing about the different players that helped create Hip Hop was nice because outside of bits and pieces from other sources, I didn't have an overview of how it came to be.
Later in the book, while the story is still good, it starts dealing with radio and the importance that it played and at this point my attention started to wain. It's still great history at this point but what I enjoyed most was the history of the people and the record labels and while the radio/magazine sections are important to the overall history, I just didn't care about these people enough. After a while of wanting the story to go back to the actual people making the music I had to remind myself that this book is not about the history of Hip Hop, it's about the history of the Business of Hip Hop. Big difference.
This is my first book by both the author and narrator and I would seek out books by either in the future.
Yes. When the reader is engaging it adds to the experience as opposed to slogging through just to digest the story.
The way he tells his story. And it is his story and not necessarily the story of The Smiths. While I would have enjoyed more details about the creation of his music I know that there are plenty of books that deal with just that. This is his life though and he tells it in a way that only he can. Very literate and literary.
He does a wonderful job with this material. He doesn't seem to interpret what he thinks the story should be or how it should be told, but he adds an elegance that makes the material shine.
I did laugh, actually. A few times. A big smile when I'd hear a certain turn of phrase.
This is not a history of The Smiths and while some of the stories from his childhood are things that will likely lead me to Google some items it was a pleasure to listen to.
Absolutely! I've listened to it twice already and will continue to listen to it over and over again. Penn could read the phone book and I would be interested.
The stories. The way Penn tells about his life, be it good or bad, is really compelling.
HIS voice. I love listening to a book read by the author. They know what to punctuate and what to leave alone. It's the best experience if you can find it.
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