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24 May 2006 @ 09:15 am
wayback wednesday: Bettie!  
Can anyone recommend good biographies of any 60s rockers? Preferably British Invasion and preferably guitarists, but exceptions could be made for the right book. It's research for a writing project.

I'm currently reading two and neither one is quite doing it for me. "Dark Horse" is about George Harrison and I was keen on picking it up because it's supposed to get into a lot of his spirituality, which interests me quite a bit, but so far it's a rambling mess and difficult to get into. The other is "X-Ray" by Ray Davies, which I also thought would be great, but he uses this goofy distancing technique: in a Orwellian future where everyone is owned by corporations, a young man is assigned to find the elderly Ray Davies and write his life story.

 
 
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lilyvalleylilyvalley on May 24th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
She has such a tiny little waist for that well-rounded rump.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Glen Barr assmonkeydiary on May 24th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
All part of the magic that is Bettie Page.
pluribuspluribus on May 24th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
"A Day In The Life" by Mark Hertsgaard [ http://tinyurl.com/qxsam ], no matter how you personally feel about the Beatles, is one of the best books about the genre I've read.

What I like is that it understands the "push and pull" between Paul's craftsmanship and John's artistry that made them unique together. (I feel the same way about Husker Du, between Grant and Bob.)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd:  Ape vs. Jet Girlassmonkeydiary on May 24th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, mate! I'll pick it up.
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on May 24th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
i don't have any recommendations for brit-books, but the michelle phillips autobiography was really good. it fits in with your '60s rocker category, and it was damn good.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446513083/qid=1148487713/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/103-7844527-7538224?s=books&v=glance&n=283155
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd:  scott morse skirtassmonkeydiary on May 24th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's one I wouldn't have thought of. Thanks, I'll check it out.
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on May 24th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
yr welcome...i wish i could think of more, but i'm a total blank today. sorry, man.
Pallaspallasathene8 on May 24th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
Mmmm...Ray Davies. I mean, mmmmm, Bettie Page.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd:  Luke Cheuh & Teresa MTZassmonkeydiary on May 24th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed on both counts.
(Anonymous) on May 29th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
Rock bios
Magical Mystery Tours: My Life with the Beatles by Tony Bramwell is a great read ....
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd:  scott morse skirtassmonkeydiary on May 30th, 2006 11:18 am (UTC)
Re: Rock bios
Thanks!