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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Reading A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James. Jeezly crow, this is a brutal book. Set in the Kingston (Jamaica) ghettos, the first part at least is leading up to the attempted assassination of Bob Marley days before the Smile Jamaica concert, from the points of view of the thugs, a CIA officer, a Rolling Stone reporter with ambitions, and more. Some of it is in deep patois, such that I have to look up words now and then, but it's compelling and, as I say, brutal, bringing home the horrible conditions in which people lived in that place and time. (I don't know how it is now.)
    Yes it is a brutal read but stick with it. I picked it up after it won the prize and didn’t really know what to expect, but it was a revealing insight into a culture and time so removed from my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Reading A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James. Jeezly crow, this is a brutal book. Set in the Kingston (Jamaica) ghettos, the first part at least is leading up to the attempted assassination of Bob Marley days before the Smile Jamaica concert, from the points of view of the thugs, a CIA officer, a Rolling Stone reporter with ambitions, and more. Some of it is in deep patois, such that I have to look up words now and then, but it's compelling and, as I say, brutal, bringing home the horrible conditions in which people lived in that place and time. (I don't know how it is now.)
    A Brief History??? That sucker is 688 pages!
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    ^^^indeed it is, and they are dense pages, too.

    Chris, no fear, it's for my company book club and, since I suggested the book, I'd damn well better be ready to discuss it!
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    I picked up Traveling music: The soundtrack to my life - Neil Peart (after he passed). I Finally got around to start reading it. So far its a lot like his other books, more about places than music. It does help with missing the guy though. He just never really seems to open up much. I'd sure like to hear him talk about why he listens to what he listens to. Hopefully, he will get to that. it is kind of inferred in the books title. But then, Rush did publish a book on every gig they ever played, and managed to minimize most of the interesting stories of their tours, which made the book read kind of like a tech manual or a dictionary. A bit dry.

    After my accident last month I reread Ghost Rider - I'm still having odd issues with almost dying, and it seemed to soothe some of the warts from my own experience... Kind of in a misery loves company sort of way. The only thing I noticed in the 2nd read was that he sure got over his sadness - seemingly in a big hurry. Its like he was miserable and sad all the time, then goes to LA, meets Carrie and Blammo. The book ends. He was back to being the super-duper guy who loves his privacy. You kind of feel (slightly) cheated by his seemingly rapid recovery (admittedly and understandably, he took a long time to get to that spot). He kind of escorts you to the doorstep and leaves you there, door closed abruptly in your face, thinking... "Wait... wha??...hmm... OK.

    He is after all.... a private person. I'm still saddened by the fact we will never hear new lyrics from him. He was the best.

    Looking for an electronic version of Roadshow, which I am told, covers a lot more of the Band aspect of his travels...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    Just read a part of an interview with snoooker-player Steve Davis, where he tells something about the things he loves. He mentions Rockbottom by Robert Wyatt, Magma and Gentle Giant. There is also told he makes a radio-show with Kavis Torabi (known on this forum as well).
    He's also in the band The Utopia Strong together with Torabi (also mentioned in the interview):


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yodelgoat View Post
    I picked up Traveling music: The soundtrack to my life - Neil Peart (after he passed). I Finally got around to start reading it. So far its a lot like his other books, more about places than music. It does help with missing the guy though. He just never really seems to open up much. I'd sure like to hear him talk about why he listens to what he listens to. Hopefully, he will get to that. it is kind of inferred in the books title. But then, Rush did publish a book on every gig they ever played, and managed to minimize most of the interesting stories of their tours, which made the book read kind of like a tech manual or a dictionary. A bit dry.

    After my accident last month I reread Ghost Rider - I'm still having odd issues with almost dying, and it seemed to soothe some of the warts from my own experience... Kind of in a misery loves company sort of way. The only thing I noticed in the 2nd read was that he sure got over his sadness - seemingly in a big hurry. Its like he was miserable and sad all the time, then goes to LA, meets Carrie and Blammo. The book ends. He was back to being the super-duper guy who loves his privacy. You kind of feel (slightly) cheated by his seemingly rapid recovery (admittedly and understandably, he took a long time to get to that spot). He kind of escorts you to the doorstep and leaves you there, door closed abruptly in your face, thinking... "Wait... wha??...hmm... OK.

    He is after all.... a private person. I'm still saddened by the fact we will never hear new lyrics from him. He was the best.

    Looking for an electronic version of Roadshow, which I am told, covers a lot more of the Band aspect of his travels...
    I read all of Neil's books and would agree that "Roadshow" probably tells the most about the actual band and their tour. It is still a travelogue, but not as much as the other books. I remember after reading "Ghost Rider" thinking the same as you. Once he went to L.A. he just seemed to magically come out of his depression very quickly.

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    Audible offered all of Neal's books in audiobook format for free right after he passed. I jumped on that and have not regretted it. All are excellent - I'll second the praise for Roadshow - though I still have not had the will to tackle Ghost Rider yet. The last one, Far and Wide: Bring That Horizon to Me, is very, very good, and narrator Paul Hecht's voice in many ways sounds remarkably like Neal's own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by interbellum View Post
    He's also in the band The Utopia Strong together with Torabi (also mentioned in the interview):

    Not sure if it has already been posted in this thread, but Steve and Kavus have a book out too, just recently published, called “Medical Grade Music”. I’ve yet to read it, but it has been getting some excellent reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunlight Caller View Post
    Not sure if it has already been posted in this thread, but Steve and Kavus have a book out too, just recently published, called “Medical Grade Music”. I’ve yet to read it, but it has been getting some excellent reviews.
    That book was mentioned as well. Might be an interesting read.

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    Adam Bede by George Eliot.

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    Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill, about her life in Scientology and how she got out.

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    Just diving into Murakami’s The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, which looks like meaty tome to keep me busy.

    I’m a relatively recent convert to his oeuvre having just read Norwegian Wood and his newly published short story collection First Person Singular .

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    Quote Originally Posted by interbellum View Post
    Next one in this series: Aimee Mann, written by Jez Rowden who also did the Steely Dan...On Track-book, while he was/is also an editor for DPRP and The Progressive Aspect.

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    What are you currently reading?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunlight Caller View Post
    Just diving into Murakami’s The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, which looks like meaty tome to keep me busy.

    I’m a relatively recent convert to his oeuvre having just read Norwegian Wood and his newly published short story collection First Person Singular .
    I'm a fan, and that is my fave.

    Currently reading "Joseph Anton," by Salman Rushdie. Memoir of his life, esp. after the fatwa post Satanic Verses.
    "And this is the chorus.....or perhaps it's a bridge...."

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    ...still working on Seven Killings, which is not only brutal, it's fairly difficult reading. But amazingly engaging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walt View Post
    Bill Graham Presents:My Life Inside Rock and Roll-Bill Graham and Robert Greenfield
    I read that one a while ago. Good interesting book.

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    Currently reading "Talking To G.O.A.T.s" by Jim Gray. Interesting book if you are into sports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by interbellum View Post
    Next one in this series: Aimee Mann, written by Jez Rowden who also did the Steely Dan...On Track-book, while he was/is also an editor for DPRP and The Progressive Aspect.
    I have read quite a few of the series, they are a really good idea and useful reference material when playing through a catalogue. I am actually signed up to write one but work keeps getting in the way, but I will wrap it up eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunlight Caller View Post
    I have read quite a few of the series, they are a really good idea and useful reference material when playing through a catalogue. I am actually signed up to write one but work keeps getting in the way, but I will wrap it up eventually.
    That's cool. Is there already a subject in your mind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Reading A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James. Jeezly crow, this is a brutal book. Set in the Kingston (Jamaica) ghettos, the first part at least is leading up to the attempted assassination of Bob Marley days before the Smile Jamaica concert, from the points of view of the thugs, a CIA officer, a Rolling Stone reporter with ambitions, and more. Some of it is in deep patois, such that I have to look up words now and then, but it's compelling and, as I say, brutal, bringing home the horrible conditions in which people lived in that place and time. (I don't know how it is now.)
    Since I read this one in Dutch a couple of years ago I didn't recognize its title when I first read this post. It's not an easy book, but when you're getting more into it you'll be rewarded with a very good story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by interbellum View Post
    That's cool. Is there already a subject in your mind?
    Oh yes indeed, I have done all of my tea search and have quite a lot of it down, and it’s not Prog. I’ll reveal all when I complete it!

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