Last CD you bought/ Book you read


"The law is wrong; I am right"
'Still Life America '81'? I don't have it but I'll put it on my list. I've got 'Flashpoint' though. There's a great version of Satisfaction on it!
I bought their 'Singles Collection - The London Years' last Friday. That's one of the few ways to get hold of songs like 'Tell Me', 'Little Red Rooster' etc.
I have'nt read Charone's book on Richards, but I'll keep an eye out for it. Which book on the Stones would be the best to buy?
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I got Flashpoint too . Oh man , there are so many books of The Stones .For my interest it`s Charone`s . She lives with Keith and Anita for this time . I`ve got a Songbook from Omnibus Press , a book over Altamontconcert and two biographics of them . And a lot of albums and soloalbums .
It`only rock`n roll and i like it !


"The law is wrong; I am right"
Charone's book sounds interesting since she lived with Keith for a time. It's about time I read a book or two about The Stones. I've got about a dozen of their albums and some of their concerts on VHS: Altamont ('Gimme Shelter'), the Hyde Park concert ('Stones In The Park'), 'The Rolling Stones Rock 'n'Roll Circus' and a Stones documentary, plus a DVD called 'Sympathy For The Devil' by Jean-Luc Godard and The Stones. Since VHS is on the way out, I have to buy them all on DVD - damn!
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Digney in Burnaby

donkeys live a long time
As well as my memory serves me the Stanley Booth book on the Stones, The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones, was good. I'll have to read it again someday.

Found, bought and read Spitting Off Tall Buildings by Dan Fante over the weekend.


"The law is wrong; I am right"
That's a great compilation. :)

Absolutely! Right now I'm on a "Shine a Light" trip. Bought both the DVD and the 2-CD. I think it's a great Stones concert.

As well as my memory serves me the Stanley Booth book on the Stones, The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones, was good. I'll have to read it again someday.

I'll make a note of that book. I have'nt read any book on the Stones yet...
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zoom man

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Last CD downloaded-> Camper Van Bethoven's 1st one + Key Lime Pie

Books-> Just finished Howe's Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (much I admired, much I would change)
and about to start either Pynchon's Inherent Vice (what a cover!)
or Dan Chaon's Await Your Reply
(and still have Geoff Dyer's new one, as well as Carlos Ruiz Zafon's... and won on e-bay 60 Years Later by J.D. California Coming through the Rye (yeah, think Salinger sequel)).
Ah, so many books!, so little time!


stop the penistry
young hearts crying richard yates
because they wanted to mary gaitskill
the sorrows of an american siri hustvedt
Just bought the latest album by Luke Slater (under his Planetary Assault Systems guise). Not sure if many of you lot are into minimalist techno but if you are it's a good one :)
Also just started reading David Simon's non-fiction book 'Homicide...' which provided a lot of what he later used in 'The Wire'. It comes in at an intimidated 600+ pages but it's very readable and I'm enjoying it so far. Depressing stuff at the same time though.
Last book read: Gonzo, the life of Hunter S. Thompson

Just started reading: the Night of the Ripper, by Robert Bloch (so far not very impressive, but I'll give it a few more pages because Psycho was a good read.)

Last cd I listened to was, Show your Bones by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs...
what did you think of Gonzo? i read it recently as well, and i enjoyed it, even though many people claimed that Jann Wenner was slamming HST with lots of negative stories after his death. i believe Thompson's widow withdrew all contributions to the book because she strongly disapproved of the tone of it. I guess i liked it for all the reasons she didn't: it showed much of Thompson's negative side: drug binges, temper tantrums, his inability to finish stories, therefore his assistants had to, etc.....
I'm reading the new Nick Cave book, The Death of Bunny Munro. So far, I'm not too impressed. About 1/3 of the way in. Where his protagonist from "and the ass" was to be pitied (and he was a real mess), this one is just an annoying asshole. I hope that it gets better. I have waited over 20 years for a new book from him...



more crickets than friends
Well after I happily made it through Women, I went ahead and picked a book off the shelf I have had sitting there for a while.


Finished it in 4 days, and that's not a good thing or a bad thing, I actually have enjoyed all 4 books by Chuck Klosterman.

P.S. Bill I didn't know Cave's new book was out. So I picked that up off Amazon last Friday, hopefully it will get better the further you get into it...

Oh and the last CD I bought, well I bought the new Pearl Jam album on vinyl. I really don't buy CD's anymore, does anyone? Beyond all the new Beatles stuff...


Sordide Sentimental
I'm reading the new Nick Cave book, The Death of Bunny Munro. So far, I'm not too impressed. About 1/3 of the way in. Where his protagonist from "and the ass" was to be pitied (and he was a real mess), this one is just an annoying asshole. I hope that it gets better. I have waited over 20 years for a new book from him...
I have to read the two !
Is that true that And the ass saw the angel is a faulknerian novel ? That's what they say in most of the reviews I read and I thus re-read The Sound and the Fury (which I've hated in my teens) to prepare myself to it because the main character is often compared to Benjy.

I really don't buy CD's anymore, does anyone?
I still buy my fav bands' discs ! The next one will be Eiffel's new album, in october.

Oh and the last CD I bought, well I bought the new Pearl Jam album on vinyl.
This one I'll only listen to ! :D
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The last book i read was The Grass Arena by John Healy. An excellent autobiography. The author was an alcoholic and living rough in London untill he learned to play chess whilst on a stint in jail. He replaced one addiction with another and went on to become an excellent player, challenging some of the greatest players of his day.

The last CD i bought was David Gilmour Live in Gdansk


"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
Ah, John Healy. I read his autobiography late 80ties.
I also replayed some of his chess games when I was an active chess club player myself.

Good book, although I do remember I didn't like the fact that he gave up drinking...
the debut album from Scottish rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks, called These Four Walls. I've played it about 10 times this week and 3 and half times today (so far), and I just can't stop. Irony is overrated, anyway. The last book I read was Lamb by Christopher Moore, or as I like to call it, The Gospel According To Laugh Your Ass Off.


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I've recently read a congolese author who quotes Bukowski among his favourite writers. His name is Alain Mabanckou and the book I've read is untitled Verre Cassé (Broken Glass). Verre Cassé is the nickname of one regular client from a bar of ill fame located in Brazzaville and he has been asked by the owner to write the story of it because Verre Cassé writes well and drinks a lot, just like this drunkard writer - guess who - he one day happened to mention to the owner. It looks like a long monologue through which Verre Cassé depicts the bar and its freakiest clients. Bukowski is referred to two times without his name being dropped. That's an ode to alcohol and misfits, the writing is virile and the punctuation is free ; the similarities with Buk stop here. That was a pleasant reading, I nearly had the feeling of hearing an african griot telling his stories. Alain Mabanckou's work is available in english since, after properly beginning his writing career in France, he moved to the States where he's now teaching at UCLA.
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i am reading HALF A LIFE and THE MIMIC MEN by V.S.NAIPAUL simultaneously. naipaul really talks to me because i am indian and the stuff he writes about inferiority complex and the constant need of indians to mimic others reasonates with me a lot. naipaul is a lion. he really bashes hindus and hindu culture in HALF A LIFE.


"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
I read a few of Naipaul's "travel" novels.
That must have been at least 20 years ago.
I believe I found them not too bad.
When did he get the Nobel price again?


Art should be its own hammer.
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just started it, but so far it's excellent.

here's some info.

anyone who loves music should get this book.

o, for my friends in the UK, the original title was/is The Long-Player Goodbye: The Album from Vinyl to iPod and Back Again


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I'm all over that one, thanks for the tip.

I recently finished this:


540 pages of chewy goodness. If you're even marginally interested in how reggae music was created and evolved, this book is easily the best history I've read. It's major. He really covers all the bases and gets it right and tight.


Also consumed recently, Beatles Gear, a large format book full of pictures and stories about the Beatles guitars and amps! Ha. A specialized thing, for sure, but page after page of guitar porn if you're interested in the band and guitars. And if you want to know which tracks Paul played the Hofner violin bass on (answer: all of them --- okay, not really, but just about).


I also read an out of print book that I've been trying to find for years that was written by Michael Bruce, the guitar player for the Alice Cooper group. But it was so stupefyingly awful that I won't even mention the title here. I'm glad I was patient and didn't pay collectors prices for the thing. I read it in about an hour standing at the kitchen counter. Not real long-winded, Bruce. Thankfully. One of the worst rawk n roll books I've ever read, and that's saying something.


Oh yeah...and this:


All very literary books, I know.
Jack London - People of the Abyss

Has anyone read that book?

I was just surfing around for info on his book about alcohol ('John Barleycorn') and came to see the 'Abyss'.
Made a few paragraphs into chapter 1 and it sounds interesting.

Is it worth going ahead and buying a book-version?

another one, that I will read soon:

Moscow-Petushki by Venedict Yerofeyev
(for Germans: Die Reise nach Petuschki von Wenedikt Jerofejew <- different spelling!!! )

When I called my local bookstore today, to order it, I was trying to speak the name of the author, then stopped, said "okay, maybe I better give you the title first..." -- now the guy from the store (who knows me, as all clerks do there) interrupted me and said: "That's 'Moscow-Petushki', right? It's a classic."

Here I was - having never heared even the name of this author, and the salesman comes up with the right book, when I not even have given the author's name in a proper way! Well, tomorrow it will be here.


Art should be its own hammer.
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I just ordered the Yerofeyev book. looks right up my alley. thanks for the tip, roni.
My impression was that London's Abyss read more like research, a sociological study, rather than what I would call a first-person literary account on poverty in the way that Bukowski or Hamsun would do; but there's a certain grace of writing and humanity - after all it's the great Jack London in the salad days of his career that renders it above the ordinary. He had deep convictions about these conditions of catastrophic lack and felt that it was the result of the mismanagement of civilization's vast industrial resources by those in power. Moreover, he felt strongly that something could be and should be done about it - later to evolve into his strong idealistic views and convictions on the superiority of Socialism over Capitalism. While sincere, this approach made the book somewhat less readable for me because it was more about "their' sufferings rather than his own. (I was never in doubt that he would come off the dunghill perfectly fine.) Still, there's something timeless about the situations he describes as the current global economy creaks along and people are being bankrupted by huge medical expenses, unemployment or other such dire losses, and being thrown out into the streets like dogs; the food banks are overflowing with demands in Sedona and elsewhere. George Orwell's Down and Out in London and Paris is a more personal "literary' account of his experiences in poverty, but from a sociological standpoint the Abyss was written by a man who cared deeply about the impoverished people he was describing in the coffee-shops and elsewhere. It's just that I wouldn't exactly describe it as literature in the usual sense of the word and it's somewhat fatiguing to read because it seems more like a study of poverty in the abstract idealized sense of the word rather than Jack being fully impacted by the squalor he himself experienced.
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you're welcome! I hope the book holds its promise. Will find out soon. Let's change oppinions then.

thanks for your thoughts.
I don't want to sound offensive - but there's one thing, where mjp is right: it really IS annoying to read such one long paragraph, esp. on a computerscreen.
I understand, this is kinda 'personal style', but sometimes, when there are reasons, one can work his style over and change little parts of it.

The reason I say this is:
I (too) usually only have a quick flight with my eyes over your posts, even though they seem to be intelligent. I really AM interested in reading them. I simply can't. But I would like to!

So, how about just giving it a try and making distinguished paragraphs now and then? Just to see how that works?
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