**spoiler alert** Guy is in jail for a crime he didn't commit. Guy feels horrible because his marriage is over, he hasn't seen his son for years and on...more**spoiler alert** Guy is in jail for a crime he didn't commit. Guy feels horrible because his marriage is over, he hasn't seen his son for years and only his father comes around, even though he knows he's ashamed.
So far so good.
Guy decides to play the FBI a trick so that he can shorten his sentence. They are indeed fooled (they actually do fuck all during the whole damn book anyway). We learn that the guy's played us all (lamely mind you) as well and that he manages to leave off with plenty of gold from a different crime done by another pour soul who's fucked over by said guy.
Finally guy leaves the country forever with no remorse whatsoever for his son or father. Afterall, he's going to cash out his gold soon.
What an unusual book. Though it was sometimes hard to read due to the very nature of writing down an oral story, it was mostly a fun read.
With that sa...moreWhat an unusual book. Though it was sometimes hard to read due to the very nature of writing down an oral story, it was mostly a fun read.
With that said, you really need to know your way around the Seattle scene back then. The book's title says it flatly, it's all about Seattle. In my mind, the book will be even more relevant to you if you lived there during those years. From afar, the book read a little detached.
What I got nonetheless:
* Grunge as a label is meaningless. * Fast lane to rock star status will lead to human relationship failures and, eventually, to heavily drug use. * There was a lot of competition, unsavoury abuse and down right childish behaviors. But again, pressure was high which is understable. Basically people were dicks to each other most of the time it seems. * On the other hand, lots of them deeply cared for each other too. * Where were the women in the Seattle scene back then? It appears this was a male-only cast. With that said, L7, Babes in toyland and a couple of others are mentioned but not at length. Even Hole is not really covered in the book, only Courtney. What about The Breeders for instance? * Many people told a different story for a given event and it's hard to decide which one might be true. I really appreciated that Mark Yarm tried to stay balanced (well it sounds like it anyhow). * Courtney really lives in her own world. I always considered "Live through this" as a great album but the woman is really weird and not a human being I'd be happy to be around with. * Duff McKagan was everywhere from the beginning right to the end.
The book is a photograph of that scene at that time. Take it for what it is. I was probably looking for something different, I hoped for something that'd put the scene into perspective. Grunge carried a lot of other music in its trail and many other bands had their chance probably thanks to the tidal wave that grunge was.
I was also interested in reading more about how music was created and put together. I mean, between the dickead attitude, the drug use and other craps, I wonder how they managed to write and, most of all, record such great music.
So the book is probably brilliant for people who were there but to me it was not the right book to read. Not because it was poorly done, but because I had somewhat different expectations.
Still, it made me dust out some of my old records and boy, their music still beats the shit out of most of what's put out these days. (less)