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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Michael Quentin » Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:02 pm

michael wrote:Thanks, I'll try and have a look at that.

The republished "Nairn's London" has an afterword that mentions the films he made for the BBC. One of the others is "Nairn's Journeys - Football Towns", which sounds like it could be good as well.
Well spotted. There are some of them on YouTube





And to get the thread back on topic, I'm about to read The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine. It's a young persons' book written by an old work colleague who has tremendous taste in that kind of thing.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Philip Marlow » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:18 pm

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Horribly, horribly depressing book in none too few ways, the happy childhood life of Bob Stinson probably being the worst of it (sexual abuse at the hands of his stepfather, to go along with the physical abuse which was also inflicted on his brother). The best part of Mehr's achievement (and he can be well-pleased with it, since it's a big part of what he was going for with the book) is to render Stinson as a human being, as distinct from the 'Crazy Bob' character who crops up in a lot of the best/worst Replacements drinking and drugging stories.

Some of those stories, which I loved as a pissy teenager-to-early-twenties man, have soured a bit too - although maybe that's a sign that I've 'sold out' in some way I'm not quite cognisant of. There are still laughs - the band treating an audience of Hüsker Dü fans to a set of classic country covers, their assorted antics as Tom Petty's support act - and then...Trashing tour buses while the driver pleads with them to stop, needlessly dickheaded behaviour aimed, mostly, at people who are actually trying to help. And then we get to Paul Westerberg addressing a post-rehab Bob Stinson with the line, "Take a drink motherfucker or get off my stage", which I'm sure helped enormously.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by holyzombiejesus » Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:12 am

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Is that the one about words?! There's a really nice story about an apple tree...

I'm halfway through Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent. I'm enjoying it but can't really get totally in to it. I almost feel like I've lost interest in reading, which just sounds ridiculous. Perhaps it's just that there's so much going on with football and politics but I don't feel immersed like I used to when reading. Anyway, I'm waffling.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by humblebee » Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:11 pm

holyzombiejesus wrote:
Is that the one about words?! There's a really nice story about an apple tree...
Yes! I'm only 30 or 40 pages in but it's already blown my tiny mind.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by noLooking » Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:23 pm

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Very good first hand history of Rough Trade, with lots of interesting pictures of stuff n that (the 'documents' of the title) and a good deal of wider history about the birth of DiY, including zines, badges and all that stuff as well as the shop and the records.

Top moment so far was the revelation that Patrick Keillor played in an early incarnation of The Raincoats but kept making everything sound like "Here Comes The Night" by Them because it was all he could play.

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Post by everard » Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:28 pm

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this one is worth checking out too.

predating both was a really cool zine & tape produced by artrocker for the r.t. 25th anniversary -- that ought to be reprinted.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by noLooking » Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:37 pm

Will probably get round that to eventually, I'm working my way through histories of loads of labels. Reading Popkiss now. S'good, innit.

Just finished "The Pale King". Never read anything by DF Wallace before and it's probably a bad place to start, but I still really enjoyed it (when it isn't being completely infuriating); it's really funny and kind of hangs together nicely in an enjoyably disjointed way.

It being unfinished reminds me of The Castle, and the notion that books about sprawling, unwieldy bureaucracies should never end, but simply twist and turn away into infinity...

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Post by Yex » Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:07 am

I picked this up at the Audubon Society, but then my wife got mad at me, because she had already bought it for me for Christmas. Oh well. I'm enjoying it, anyway.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Philip Marlow » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:34 pm

I go distinctly backwards and forwards on Iain Sinclair's writing. There are books I love and books I can entirely do without. This, however, evokes a whole vanished world, and one that would've been mine, give or take a few years. As it is, almost all of these old haunts are gone.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by michael » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:07 am

My memory of "Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire" is that it was like an investigation, tracking people down, connecting things up, and uncovering stories. One person that particularly stuck in my mind from that book was Hackney writer Roland Camberton. Camberton wrote two novels, the second called "Rain on the Pavements" set in Hackney, and then vanished. Here is Sinclair hunting for him,

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/aug/30/fiction

Perhaps all of Sinclair's work has this quality. The little I've read about "Rodinsky's Room" suggests it might be similar.

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