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Gene Vincent: There's One In Every Town by Mick Farren
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2004
Publisher Do-Not Press
ISBN 1904316379 ISBN13 9781904316374
Availability 0 units.
More About Mick Farren
divides his time between music and literature, with digressions into psychedelic agitprop. He fronted the anarchic pre-punk The Deviants and had lyrics being recorded by Metallica, Motorhead, Hawkwind and Wayne Kramer. At the NME in 1970s, he helped explain the dawn of punk to a worried world. He has published 22 novels and 12+ non-fiction works, including Elvis And The Colonel.
Mick Farren currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.
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A poor epitaph for a great performer Aug 7, 2005
That Gene Vincent had a major impact in the UK out of all proportion to his record success here in the late 1950s/1960s comes across very early in this book with Farren's description of attending a live show in 1961 when Gene had virtually made Europe his home, having no future career prospects in the US.
The personal image reconfigured by Jack Good for the UK and powerful live performances matched by great 1950s recordings (unique voice and great luck in choice of sidemen) and variable 1960s recordings are well covered but this short tome ends up being simply a paean to a doomed hero. While still revered by the many people who saw him live in their formative years such as Jeff Beck, the story is ultimately one of success too early for a great voice with unique early true rock 'n' roll credentials, a naive personality undermined by continual bad management, and the initial personal tragedy of a leg accident that was nearly amputated then becoming an albatross that helped fuel his personal demons and leading to a downward slide via alcoholism to an early death at 36 years of age.
By its brevity the book is a quick read but does not compare in terms of insight or coverage with either the Britt Hegarty factual bio or the more recent John Collis book based around the origial UK tour by Gene and Eddie Cochran.
Also bad marks for the sheer number of typo errors - I have never noticed so many in a recent book.
A "must read" for Gene Vincent fans Jan 4, 2005
Gene Vincent was the legendary bad-boy of rock: his early records were banned and censored, his shows incited riots, he wrecked hotel rooms, and he was a boozer and drug addict before these conditions were popular among musicians. Author and biographer Mick Farren was an underground newspaper correspondent and is in the perfect place to write up Vincent's life. A full discography and recording session information accompanies Mick Farren's impressive biographical sketch, Gene Vincent: There's One In Every Town, and makes it "must reading" for Gene Vincent fans.
Not very original. Dec 22, 2004
This author simply recaps that which has already been written about Gene Vincent. There does not appear to be any original material.
Also, this seems to be more of a gossip fest about a dead artist.