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Shakey by Jimmy McDonough
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Nov 30, 07

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Read in November, 2005

This is the best rock biography that I have ever read. Around the time I read this book I started to realize that The New Yorker was publishing some really great pop music writing and between the NwYrkr articles and this book I started to realize the full extent to which the people Rolling Stone and Spin can't write for shit. It's amazing how much jealous, bitchy, sophomoric bullshit makes up the bulk of pop music criticism and history.
This book, on the other hand, is meticulously researched with a great deal of respect for the subject, but no punches are pulled. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the really inspired interview choices that the author made. Sometimes out of the blue he brings in perspectives from fanzine writers and obscure acquaintances of Neil and they add so much texture to the story. If I ever write a rock biography, I am going to steal many, many, many ideas from this book. It's a gem.
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