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Sit Down! Listen to This! by Bill   Sykes
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Every time I log on to Goodreads it reminds me I'm still reading this. So I do another couple of pages and give up again. I really want to read it, but the books lack of structure really frustrates me.

So - this book is the bio of Roger Eagle, the legendary pop/rock/punk promoter in Liverpool and Manchester. A fascinating man and an interesting life. I met Roger Eagle a couple of times and liked him. And I loved Erics, his Liverpool venue that hosted just about anyone who was anyone in the 1980s, and many that were well-meaning no-hopers. My band (see 'well meaning no-hopers') played at Erics once - heavy metal in the time of punk - it wasn't pretty! So I really want to read the book but....

It is structured like a filmed biopic - he has about twenty or thirty interviews with people who knew Roger Eagle. As we progress through Roger's life, it cuts from one person to another and their reminiscences of the events - so it is roughly chronological. But it is not split into chapters / years / venues / bands or anything so prosaic. There are no contents, no index - as a reference work, it's useless. Even if you want to read about, say, his days promoting bands at the Liverpool Stadium you have to wade through it trying to put things in place to try and work out what year we're up to...

No, it's too much work. If you want to read from page 1 to the end, maybe with a notebook so you can try and guess the chronology, then please enjoy it. It's got loads of good stuff, but this reader has just given up.

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Reading Progress

December 7, 2014 – Started Reading
December 7, 2014 – Shelved
August 5, 2016 – Finished Reading

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