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Apathy for the Devil [Format Kindle]

Nick Kent

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Pitched somewhere between Almost Famous and Withnail & I, Apathy for the Devil is a unique document of this most fascinating and troubling of decades - a story of inspiration, success and serious burn out.

As a 20-something college dropout Nick Kent's first five interviews as a young writer were with the MC5, Captain Beefheart, The Grateful Dead, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. Along with Charles Shaar Murray and Ian MacDonald he would go on to define and establish the NME as the home of serious music writing. And as apprentice to Lester Bangs, boyfriend of Chrissie Hynde, confidant of Iggy Pop, trusted scribe for Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, and early member of the Sex Pistols, he was witness to both the beautiful and the damned of this turbulent decade.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 704 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 419 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 057123285X
  • Editeur : Faber & Faber (4 mars 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003FW3IMM
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent memoir 17 janvier 2011
Par Paul Rooney - Publié sur
Finally, 16 years after the publication of The Dark Stuff we have something new.

Apathy for the Devil is the seventies memoir of Kent, who at the age of 20 became one of rocks premier writers, touring with everyone, partying with everyone and ended up a homeless, broken junkie with nothing - all this in the space of 10 years.

It's a memoir of brutal honesty with his admitting he got too big for his boots way too fast and the smack got him.

He met everyone who was anyone in the 70's music scene and became a celebrity himself, usually due to his totally self destructive side which consumes him in the end. There are anecdotes too numerous to even bother mentioning but its all fascinating stuff.

Its great reading especially for the rock and roll trainspotter, but as Nick Kent is a seriously gifted writer its doubly good.

And this isn't a plot spoiler, he cleaned up and has been "Joe Persil" for 20 years. I am hopeful that this will get him writing a bit more, 16 years between efforts is a bit on the tired side.

A brilliant "must" read
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Memoirs Of The Viper-Pit 6 octobre 2011
Par darklordzden - Publié sur
Nick Kent's memoir of his time as a seventies music journalist bears witness to the old truism that if one wants to meet some of the most insecure, mentally-imbalanced, narcissistic, egomaniacal, sadistic and generally repulsive people in the world, one should avoid the prisons and lunatic asylums and head for the recording studios instead.

His pithily erudite exposé of the transatlantic cess-pit of rock music in the seventies is by turns amusing, terrifying, touching and mesmerising.

Characters are assassinated, reputations are restored, motives are explored and virtually anyone who was anyone - from The Rolling Stones to The Sex Pistols - is analysed with the clinically detached eye of a man who has been there, seen it, done it, and just about survived to tell the tale.

If you only read one book concerning the Viper-Pit that was the music game in the seventies, make it this one.

Brilliant stuff.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Beautiful and the Damned 28 décembre 2011
Par Miss Kitty - Publié sur
Apathy for the Devil is a poignant and compulsively readable trip (pardon the pun) to the narcissistic 70's where Drugs, Sex, and Rock-n-Roll shaped an entire generation. Apathy for the Devil is a peek inside the self-destructive full-speed-ahead life style of excess that will forever be associated with the edgy music subculture of the golden age of Rock music.

Sections of the book read like the AA confessions of a repentant sinner, however despite the "what was I thinking??" embarrassed overtones, this is one of the best music memoirs that I have read since Neon Angel. Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story

This one is sure to be a movie - Hollywood won't be able to resist.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Devil may care down old Kent road 27 juillet 2010
Par Simon Warner - Publié sur
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Nick Kent's high octane ride through the 1970s - the rock'n'roll, the sex but mainly the drugs - is a cautionary tale but one that provides some potent anecdotes from London to LA and features a stellar cast - Iggy and Bowie, Led Zep and the Pistols. As NME's star scribe of the day, I read him hungrily. Yet this autobiographical romp is more about content than style: the stories are amazing, the writing slightly less so. For fans of the Kent oeuvre, it is the minutiae that is most intriguing: his highly conventional upbringing, his relationship to the other star scribes of the day - Charles Shaar Murray and Mick Farren, for example - and the fact that he was so young - in his early 20s - by the time he'd almost burnt himself out.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Almost great 17 avril 2010
Par Lovblad - Publié sur
Nick Kent was one of the most brilliant rock writers thatthe British press produced. More than 10 years ago he produced a selection of his writings called the Dark Stuff that was simply great. It reproduced somewhat expanded some of his best writings along with some new stuff. Here he offers a biography of his life as a rock writer in the 70's. unfortunately this tome, while containning his great style, is clearly less focused that its predecessor. This may be due to the fact that its subject is himself and he tend in a somewhat grandiose way to want to place himself on an equal foot with the subjects of his writings and this is where he ultimately fails somewhat; he had already committed this mistake in the previous tome and it is a mistake that the late great Lester Bangs also did. While his writing is less ranting than that of Bangs it also gives it its journalistic edge that would help form the great rock writing that would come out of the New Musical Express during and after his time. To the difference of bangs, kent is alive and leads a very different life evenif he has obviously been scarred by what he went through. What is true is that he truly immersed himself in all the most cutting-edge streams that were going through rock at the time and most famously lived the changes that occurred with punk at very close hand. Where is is clearly better than most other revered critics and journalists is that he has the perspective not to place rock too much in the historical perspective that american critics often do while at the same time not being able to write as well as Kent. You will read all or almost of his time with Chrissie Hynde, the Pistols etc and it is still avery interesting book even if it lacks the edge of its predecessor.
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