[ Pdf Paranoid: Black Days With Sabbath and Other Rock Icons ß yaoi PDF ] by Mick Wall ✓ Report this under the trade descriptions act.
Packaged as being full of rock star anecdotes, these are few and far between It s actually the drug addiction descent of an unlikeable writer Even the Axl Rose get in the ring feud is not worth your attention.
You will need a 3 hour shower after reading this.
Avoid avoid avoid.
I ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that the publishers made him go with the title.
It s one of the better Rock biographies out there because it s so wonderfully cynical Wall presents himself as a jaded, misanthropic old hack and you really believe it until the further you get into the book it starts to dawn on you that it s just his style of writing and that s when you really start to enjoy it By the end you re laughing at him complaining about the hopelessness of life and the utter pointlessness of Rock n Roll.
Like All The Great Rock books, This Is Not A Book About Rock Music It Is A Book About Rock Life A Hard Hitting, Iconoclastic Tour De Force, Written With Affection, Rudeness, And Wincing Honesty, Paranoid Proves That Music Can Be An Arena For Moral Choices, And That It Can Quite Literally Change Your Life Mick Wall Was A Teenage Black Sabbath Fan Who, Leaving School With No Qualifications, Somehow Found Himself Working With The Band These People, Whom He First Only Knew As Pictures On His Bedroom Wall, Would Help Seal His Fate Forever As He Writes, It Was Never About What Happened On Stage, It Was About What Happened Afterwards, When The Crowd Had Gone And The Band Could Really Start To Play This is not about SabbathBut is about Mick Wall It might help if you are a rock music but not a necessity I know Mick Wall from the years he wrote for Kerrang magazine I enjoyed reading his articles and reviews little thinking that the author was such a cynical sod This book is really about Mick and his addictions The stars are really a bit of a sideshow I was tempted to give up after chapter after chapter of Mick looking for his next fix It is the last two chapters that save it In these chapters we meet Ozzy and get a glimpse of the man behind the myth His meeting with David Bowie is worth ploughing through the rest of the book alone When you read about Mick and Stevie Nicks you might understand why i thought Mick you blo Just about ok He can t quite decide whether it really wants to be an autobiography or tell all about the bands he interviews, and ends up being neither There are some parts that hint at whatcould have been when he talks about trying to get clean or when in his early 20s he bounced back to his parents to wash dishes, apparently deliberately But after that he retreats into his shell a lot in outlining his feud with Axl Rose he gives some of the many, many reasons Axl is a twat, then just adds something like but I could be a real ego too this happens several times without really explaining why I also found his consistent dismissals of journalists and himself usually, but not always, there were a couple of pieces said apparently straight faced a bit irritating, yes you put minimal effort in, you blagged it, the publisher didn t care, so you mademoney with less effort, now go awayT While there are entertaining sections in this book, as a whole it isn t very satisfying In the drug sections of the book, Wall seems to reach for a style somewhere between the cool detachment of Kerouac and the manic energy of Hunter S Thompson He openly admits to his admiration of Lester Bangs as the pinnacle of rock music writing Unfortunately, the voice I was most reminded of was David Brent Like a lot of this kind of writing, Wall would like to have it both ways, condemning rock stars for their shallow lives while finding pathos in his own heroin addiction and mental frailty It s an extremely difficult tightrope to walk and I don t think Wall pulls it off He switches between talking about his disdain for his journalism career and television work to describing a majestic visit with Stevie Nicks He talks about the ridiculousness of the macho posturing of Axl Rose and then boasts If you re a Sabbath fan, don t bother The actual anecdotes which relate to the band are minimal The rest of the book is effectively Wall s autobiography, and as such is a tale of his spiralling descent into heroin addiction, drinking and general drug use On top of this, it s the story of Wall s rise to fame as a rock journo I grew up reading his stuff in Sounds and Kerrang Reading this book, I discover that not only did he put almost zero effort into his writing he openly admits plagiarism but really didn t care for the music, either He manages to insult most of the bands he wrote about, and effectively all of the fans Personally, I could have lived without reading the sad tales of his sex life, too The sad thing is, he s a very good writer when the focus of his work is someone else.
This was a bit of a disappointment to be honest It starts when, Mick Wall, the author, is a young music journalist, and he tells us about his life at that time.
There s lot s of talk about drugs and how, when and with whom he took them, and then it seems to jump forward in time There istalk about him than there is about Black Sabbath then there are small bit s abpout Ozzy Osbourne, Guns n Roses Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac.
I read an autobiography by Sharon Osbourne a long time ago, and the stories she told about Sabbath, Ozzy the rock scene back then was brilliant in comparison I thought I would learnabout the bands antics, but it didn t tell me anything I didn t already know.
Hmmm, What to say This was a terribly misnamed book You would expect to read lots of stories about Black Sabbath and other bands maybe What you get is a miserable, junky music journalist who seems to hate the music business and most of the people in it, Including himself.
It s a book of non stop moaning from somebody too stupid to realise how lucky he was and too weak to live it without a needle in his arm, joint in his mouth or drink in his hand.
It s really hard to warm to Mick Wall He seems to hate the business and those in it, because they are shallow tossers Funny enough reading this book all you can think is, what a shallow tosser Mick Wall is.
Should have renamed the book A Miserable Junky Journalist Remembers Why He Hates The Music Business.
Although the book is mostly linear, it could be hard at times to know what period Mick Wall was writing about, which was fairly important for the context of what was being written about the bands.
Not knowing anything about Wall before reading this book, I was disappointed to discover that he wouldn t have even been in his teens when Sabbath were in their heyday, and so the best stories we could hope for were from when Ozzy had left or was about to leave It was also irritating that the title suggests horror stories about Black Sabbath, but the best Mick could muster was vague suggestions that