I Was Elvis Presley's Bastard Love-Child
by Andrew Darlington
Critical Vision/ Headpress c2001 Softcover
Aptly subtitled "& other stories of rock'n'roll excess," this dashing gent of a read is a collection of interviews which center around two basic themes: how a band can slowly rise to greatness, and how quickly a band can fall. case in point, led zeppelin: arguably one of the best r'n'r bands ever (behind the who) and led by one of the most mesmerizing frontman ever (second behind roger daltry). together, they were dynamite. but honestly, how many of us back in the 90's bought the robert plant solo albums or for that matter, the coverdale-page collaborations and openly hoped that it was all some sort of ha-ha joke? whenever i hear a song off of "Manic Nirvana" in the car, my immediate reaction is to get out of the car, pronto. anyways, despite the title, Darlington has a playfully critical eye and his conversations with the likes of fleetwood mac, kraftwerk, the fall, the kinks, stone roses, jefferson airplane et al, are both entrapping and entertaining. yes, i said entrapping.
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