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  • The Final Word
    ignorant they are So the trick is simple in theory but difficult to pull off It s an old trick but Ryan does it as well as anyone Give an idiot enough rope and he ll hang himself with his words All it takes is a few moments where the guard drops and they reveal some tiny nugget of truth And their true face paranoid violent and fuelled with desperate illogical fear shows itself Because these people believe that all they need to repeat their propaganda and somehow the nation will be converted to bigotry fear and violence In the midst of all this Nick Ryan walks offering a seemingly impartial eye But as we know what he chooses to report the mundane lonely existence of the racist surrounded by infidels is glaringly obvious Through gentle questioning the holes in the logic of his subjects are exposed But he never judges He never comes straight out and questions their bullshit He never sums up with exactly what he thinks of these men They speak for themselves and he does exactly what they want from him he reports things as they are and their paranoia about getting bad press is only because they do look unfavourable in anyone s eyes Those who live to hate have no compunctions about using violence or threats to achieve their paradise One has to read through the lines to see what these people truly are They re to a man sad lonely men pining for a paradise that never existed Prepared to use violence to achieve it Convinced its all the fault of Der Juden the wogs the niggers the kooks and the liberals Some people define themselves not by what they are but what they are not as if they exist only to be

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    business associates peers and even rivals to try to get as accurate a portrayal as you can 8 years removed Don t be deceived tho This is no whitewash covering even the most awkward of his ealry teenage years and painful self neuroses But with his death he did an Elvis people actually started buying his records and before you know it you gotta bona fide cult hero who everyone pretends they actually liked and adored when he was alive when there were times when he couldn t even get gigs But that s not the point As a History of Hicks s life it s the best by simple virtue of being the only summation to date Dealing from his earliest years to his shortlived stand up career at school and the heavy influences of Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen at such time he could get appearances on Local TV yet couldn t even get into the high school talent contest via struggling to get stand up gigs to the years of selling out theatres and TV specials its all here Included along the way is a veritable cornucopia of otherwise unknown and unpublished anecdotes information on his musical endeavour as well as transcribed extracts from many otherwise unreleased or unavailable skits some of which work as being among his best material Written by former comedy correspondent for Time Out New York Cynthia True this covers ground old and new to in a Hicksian sardonic sarcastic and irreverent way The love hate relationship with shock comic Sam Kinnison which bordered on parasitic and exploitative on both sides as well as the wholesale theft of much of his earlier material by Dennis Leary and the many business disputes culminating in his dramatic censorship off the Letterman Show this is a

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    McQueen is no Citizen Kane style debut Instead it s a solid sturdy entry from a talent who may very well grow into greatness Despite being cynically marketed to the same type of audience as Mike Gayle s insipid lovefests and cursed with a tacky simplistic cover Wener s first book shows that she could easily and without much effort become the female equivalent of Tony Parsons And probably much much better It s not all sweetness and light With a strangely prosaic plot that of late twenty somethings final stab at the big time of rock stardom Goodnight Steve McQueen suffers from the off It has the worst opening paragraph I ve ever read and one that was quite rightly lambasted all over the internet when it first appeared and for those of us who aren t immersed in Pixies trivia and the back pages of the NME it may on occasion be difficult to get all the references Thankfully it s all an improvement from there as characters are realistically drawn and events unfold at a natural pace Wener also avoids a common temptation that of characters behaving irrationally and stupidly in order to advance the plot along The touch of realism is oddly convincing She s not a great writer but a damn good one and what she lacks in style and flair is made up for in a deceptively easy style and surprisingly successful adoption of a male lead Overall the novel oddly echoes essential High Fidelity even down to the supposedly strong but ultimately weak willed female lead who tries to impose her will upon the lead character before succumbing to another few years of poverty and memorising old vinyl catalogue numbers That s not giving the end away there s a lot lot more

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  • The Final Word
    than calculated business decisions In a way it s a saddening story to see a band almost succeed despite the seeming best efforts of record companies to thwart their progress wherever possible only to overcome it all and then disintegrate when yet more record company incompetence takes place It s a rags to rags story via the way of huge metal festivals debauched groupiedom in the US and often the

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    The Final Word TOM WARRIOR Are You Morbid The Story of Celtic Frost E mail this to a friend Your friends e mail Your name Your e mail

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  • The Final Word
    book in my mind and I can t see any It s not that it s bad by any standard it isn t Nor is it particularly good In fact overall it is mediocre I m inclined to suggest that were the author not the driving force behind the Ministry of Sound with an Eton education nobody would ve looked at this thoroughly average work twice Reading like a somewhat stunted impersonation of Will Self devoid of anything much but episodic fragments Tomas is about as imaginative as the title overall a gross and impossible tale of unrecognisable excess that can only seem plausible if you ve ever spent most of your time either impossibly rich or indelibly poor that is removed from the median reality for a lot of people Still a novel squeezed out between running a multi million pound business empire may very well feel rushed And Will Self should consider suing for stylistic plagarism much as Tom Waits did Possibly the most disappointing element of this work and by jove it is hard work to read is the thoroughly pedestrian use of language and structure There seems no evidence whatsoever that this is anything but a first draft Sentences are constructed with no understanding of the dramatic tension and release of construction no underlying linguistic understanding and a thorough tired ennui The plot progresses smothered ina dull storytelling style that reads very much like an seven year old s What I Did On My Summer Holiday When Dad Took Me To Ibeefa and then this fat sweaty man came and order big champagne and dance and his willy fell out to paraphrase the first chapter A good book is not just the message but the medium and the skill of it The Mona Lisa isn t

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  • The Final Word
    Tom Watson for example finding out that the papers were investigating his private life and that of his friends his home improvements his staff and smearing his name all over the pages without fear of recourse The fact that names you recognise from film credits fired their staff or made them go to rehab for alleged infractions caused by some unethical unthinking intruder That lives were ruined Careers destroyed That someone you ve seen on the front pages sat their entire family down and outright accused a family member of betraying family secrets and private financial and health affairs for money shows just one thing this intrusion went into every part of anyone s life be it a murdered schoolgirl an innocent landlord or a well known actor whose only crime was to get divorced A crime in the eyes of an unappointed unelected unaccountable gazillionaire who had no concern for the trail of broken marriages and suicides and broken lives only for shifting copy That Max Moseley s son descended into relapsed addiction not long after the vile sting of entrapment That it was Moseley s decision to use his dead son s inheritance to pursue the papers relentlessly The full text of the explosive emails All are here laid out sequentially With every page I had a gnawing sense in my stomach that the low depths to which the immoral bankrupt arbiter of hypocrisy would stoop to sell papers If you thought in your mind that they couldn t go any lower They did They hit the bottom and kept digging This the defining political scandal of a generation and probably the biggest single example of Western political and business corruption and bankrupt morality since Nixon if not more is not just essential reading for anyone interested even

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    The Final Word DIAL M FOR MURDOCH Tom Watson Martin Hickman E mail this to a friend Your friends e mail Your name Your e mail

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