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California Schemin': How Two Lads From Scotland Conned The Music Industry
Straight Outta Scotland An almost mythical but true story of how two young rappers from Scotland fooled the record industry by pretending they were American Full description
Paperback, 274 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Simon & Schuster
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Interesting and different in many ways. Not sure how he (Gavin) survived the self abuse... I'm possibly a bit old to fully appreciate the story and I do hope that Gavin figures out a way to use his determination in a more constructive way - he could be so successful!
My first thoughts on finishing this book is that it's a wonder how Gavin Bain managed to write a coherent book at all after the huge amounts of alcohol he had consumed after his wild partying lifestyle! In fact, the book starts with him being rushed to hospital (not for the first time!) having drunk so much alcohol and popped so many pills that it was presumed it was a suicide bid.
Afterwards they would call it a suicide attempt - and that's if they would call it anything at all. Most...more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the wrecking ball that was silibil and brains (told through the memories of a neurotic Gavin Bain) leaving Gavin and Billy's actual life in tatters but could not help but think perhaps a good portion of what happened was fabricated as I have also seen the documentary which contradicts some stuff in the book.. but regardless it took me 3 days to read and I loved the lies, destruction, manipulation of the music industry and A list american acting.. The book is pretty w ...more