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Journey to the Centre Of The Cramps

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  77 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Based upon work and materials compiled for the acclaimed and now much sought after 2007 Cramps biography A Short History of Rock'n'Roll Psychosis, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps goes far beyond being a revised and updated edition: Completely overhauled, rewritten and vastly expanded, it now represents the definitive work on the group. In addition to unseen interview m ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 12th 2015 by Omnibus Press
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Kevin Dickson
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now this is how you write a rock bio. Exquisitely detailed and researched, written with wry passion and a lot of heart, it’s a fitting document to one of the most single-minded, passionate bands in rock history. I learned a lot of things, I laughed a lot, and occasionally shook my fists at the heavens at the injustices served upon Ivy and Lux by the recording industry. And once I was done reading, I was possessed of an unshakeable need to dig out all my Cramps 45s and play them. Loudly. Which is ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
So you should all know that Erick Purkhiser and Kirsty Wallace - or Lux Interior and Poison Ivy, to give them the names by which the world most readily identifies them - were The Cramps. You know: the band that invented the term psychobilly (even if they didn't think they had much in common with the double-bass music that ploughs that furrow today), who were often written off as a novelty act (because monsters) and who were stalwart protectors and exponents of the history of rock and roll.

Gonzalo Oyanedel
Difícil precisar el aporte de una biografía cuando hay sentimientos involucrados - particularmente, mi devoción a este bastión incomprendido del rock'n'roll -. Superado ese obstáculo, puede considerarse a este libro (suerte de versión corregida y aumentada para el volumen previo The Cramps: A Short History of Rock 'n' Roll Psychosis) un documento enorme e ineludible, tanto para fans como para interesados.

Porque fuera del abundante dato duro, el repaso a los insólitos personajes que pasaron por s
Tech Sgt, L.O.D.D. Sector 23
let's start with the big question, shall we? is this the definitive biography of the cramps that we're all hoping it is? no. no it's not!

the cramps were an astonishing band. in sound, vision and attitude they were the greatest exponents of rock 'n' roll to ever tramp the surface of the planet. lux and ivy's vision was pure, unwavering in belief, and both possessed the knowledge and the tools to outrocknroll them all. be it elvis, little richard, link wray, warren smith and all the classic rockab
It's okay, I guess. I was expecting so much more. Like another reviewer said, the Cramps deserved much better. Even as a die hard fan I found it hard to finish. At least the topic is interesting. I kept going from two stars to three. Let's stick with three. The book is about the Cramps after all. Often overlook in punk rock history, a full monography about them is already something.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Functional. Does little more than compile existing material into a narrative under one cover. They deserve better.
Wayne Davidson
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a peek into the world of Lux and Ivy JTTCOTC does a great job. I learned a lot about their romance/partnership, their musical and cinematic passions and devotion to their own musical path. There's lots of quotes that tell events in their own words. I saw them perform live in Australia in the 1980s and reading this really connected to that concert, the energy, the music and the love the put into their music. For a larger insight into their musical heritage and extraordinary record collection I ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this is one of those chronological type rock bios ie 'on September 21, 1979 they played CBGB with Ramones then toured England later that year' and doesn't really go into the lives of the artists in any great details, it does give you a persepctive on how profoundly influential the Cramps were on the modern underground rock sound, but also image/fashion wise as well. Not only were they at the forefront of keeping old-school rock n' roll alive, their influnce goes into garage punk, psych, ev ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an overview of the band, it’ll do. It covers the basics fairly thoroughly, and utilizes existing interviews to compile the lifetime of the band from beginning to end. The writing is functional, and sometimes even good. It cribs blog writings and interviews, without crediting them. Visually, this should be a big floppy paperback in lurid color. It’s not. Still, it’s the only one available. It reads quick and easy.
Max Rebo
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imprescindible recorrido por la historia de una banda singular, icónica y fundamental, o lo que es casi lo mismo, un viaje a través del universo personal de sus dos miembros fundadores: Lux Interior & Poison Ivy. Serie B, cómics, drogas, sexo y rock'n'roll, y por encima de todo, tal y como define el autor, una gran historia de amor americana.
Richard A. Gallo Jr
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
A true love story

This is very much the story of Lux and Ivy. You wish for more information, as you wish for more music. Unfortunately you can't always get what you want.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most up to date view of the Cramps , sanctioned by Ivy , since the untimely death of Lux .
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