Posted by Mod Lang on March 16, 2018, 12:51 pm
Finished Led Zeppelin: Uncensored by Richard Cole, who as tour manager along with overall manager Peter Grant, were the 5th & 6th Zeppelins. He managed every tour they did from '68 to '79 and hung out, did drugs, ####ed underage groupies, and fished all night with Bonham. He obviously needed a ghost writer due to being a member of Led Zeppelin (how fried his brain must be), was BFF with Bonham, didn't get along with snobby Bobby, everyone in the band thought Jimmy was a little weird with his occult perversions, and Jones....after reading 400+ pages of trashy inside gossip, I still don't know very much about the guy! A very private person. Bonham comes across as a violently unstable redneck with a superhuman capacity and passion for booze. And overall the band come across as disgusting primates who somehow managed to make a bit of great music in between raping groupies with octopi and other assorted seafood. This is not news to any of you, or anyone who knows anything about the band's personal lives offstage.
Bill Bryson - The Road to Little Dribbling - Last year I read Paul Theroux's memoir from 1982 walking around the coast of Britain, and Bryson's memoir published in 2015 give the same impression: outside of London, Britain must be the drabbest, most boring great nation on the planet. Small town England sounds like the small town Midwest minus the friendliness and charm.
Somerset Maugham - The Collected Short Stories, Vol. 1 - There are 5 total volumes, I believe, and I think before the end of my life I'll get around to them all (they're all around 500 pages long). He's a master of the form, though I can see why his reputation has fallen in contemporary times -- he was a white British colonialist writing about the Pacific islands and southeast Asia in the early 1900s, and so there's a bit of non-PC language and attitudes there (even though, by the standards of the time, he's no racist -- by making his non-white characters 3D human beings, he's a bleeding heart SJW. I mean, compare him to anyone else at the time!) As with most short story collections, I can only read 2 or 3 a day, or otherwise the stories will get all jumbled together in my mind.
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