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Hallelujah! by John Warburton
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Jan 28, 12

bookshelves: music, 2012, lad-lit
Read from January 27 to 28, 2012, read count: 1

"[It] turned into some sort of Carry On movie meets Fear and Loathing, with the whole band and crew staggering drunkenly from one comic moment to the next." That sums up not just the 1999 tour, but the whole book. It's the funniest thing I've read in at least a year.

Hallelujah was written in 2000 by a Daily Sport journalist, but contrary to stereotype there are a very reasonable number of words of more than two syllables, and nothing outrageously offensive in the narrative - it's just laddish, and milder than the tone in some of today's men's mags.

Most of all, this is very sharp, often witty writing that makes a super-fast read. There's rarely a sentence of the narrative that isn't moving the story forward. The paragraphs of direct quotes from band members ramble a tiny bit more, but only enough to give a sense of someone speaking. There's never time to get bored here. To quote Madness, "there's always something happening, and it's usually quite loud."

I wouldn't want this lot as houseguests, but they're very very entertaining to read about.
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