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Apathy for the Devil by Nick Kent
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Oct 18, 11

it was ok
Read from October 14 to 18, 2011

Wow, I was all over with this one. I've read another of Nick Kent's books, which I had enjoyed immensely. This, unfortunately, didn't prove to be the case here. He came across as a whiny prat most of the book, judgmental of most of the singers and bands he was speaking about, and their drug/alcohol addictions, while the whole entirety of the 70's Kent himself was messed up on drugs. It just didn't jive at all. The tone of the book, I thought, was idle worship and musical stories as well as his thoughts on that decade. Instead, it seems like much of the book was an excuse for him to bitch about his relationship with Chrissie Hynde hitting the skids and how it supposedly scarred him for years after it's demise(he gave her gonorrhea, would you blame her for leaving? Come on!). He goes on to first diss, then love, then back to diss Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop is mentioned by his real name throughout the book(as if he and Kent were best friends), yet the second he acts in a punk manner and whips out the organ and pisses on a dissenter, all of a sudden, Kent pronounces him as "annoying." It just seems to smack of favoritism. Nick Kent, a professional music writer for NME for many years, just can't seem to seperate professional from personal here, and I believe the book suffers because of that. Any other time, this sort of book, would've entertained me. I just had to keep setting it down and coming back to it, because it so annoyed me, the petulant tone throughout. If you have nothing nice to say, overall, why write a book about it?

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Reading Progress

10/14/2011 page 22
10/15/2011 page 34
8.0% "Just not digging this..hope it improves!"
10/18/2011 page 228
55.0% "I really want to like this book, but 200 some pages into it, and I feel like he's a whiny prat."
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