Not being able to sign in to comment on Spin off (can't remember passwords for various options) I'll post this here:
"There’s also the quite bizarre admission that he spent an entire weekend drinking backstage at the Sweetwaters festival without seeing any of the bands, without any explanation"
Actually Gary there is a fine explanation given - you must have just skim read the book with your blinkers on tightly...
Actually Gary there is a fine explanation given – you must have just skim read the book with your blinkers on tightly…
To quote: “I was having so much fun I only ventured out of the sanctuary of the backstage area once,” to see a bit of Simple Minds.
I can testify that that was an awesome three-day party – Doug's PA, the cricket and the various intoxicants – although I did get out and see bands play. I mean, hell: Simple Minds, The Pretenders, Eurythmics and Talking Heads.
But I did commit perhaps my worst reviewing sin that weekend. A certain local band (let’s call them Tomorrow’s Parties) always finished their sets with a bunch of pretty average cover versions. I watched them and when it seemed the covers were looming, I escaped back to the backstage camp.
I wrote a review full of faint praise and then observed how tedious their end-of-set covers were. Trouble was, they hadn’t played any of the covers. D’oh. Bad music writer.
PS: I also interviewed Simple Minds' Jim Kerr in his backstage caravan. I can't vouch for how much cocaine he'd had immediately before my arrival, but that was one very fast-talking Scotsman.
A nice little blog post (with pics) from Unity Books on the Wellington launch of Roger's book.
Saw that Gary Steel item, it is a particularly vile and mean spirited article. I could not describe it as a review of the book because clearly it is not. Sad and tone-deaf.
Yes, Jansen guitars and amps! (And not to forget the glorious Holden spring reverb). Somehow my sickly Jansen combo amp made enough noise for Albino Slug/early SPUD c.1987-9, and to this day I cherish and use the 100% scar tissue-covered Jansen Invader guitar given to me by the late and incomparable Cameron Bain of Constant Pain, Supercar, The Mean Streaks etc. etc. etc.
In Love With These Times
Here’s a wee round up of a few other reviewers who managed to see past themselves regarding Roger’s memoir…
and some earlier overviews on Flying Nun worthy of mention:
and of course
A nice story on Roger and his book by Kiran Dass, for tomorrow’s Your Weekend.
And the illustration page looks fab.
Cheers for the link to the Anna Coddington/Dick Johnson collaboration. Maybe you missed this a few years back? Such fun, catchy as: