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The Dark Stuff: Selected Writings on Rock Music

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    Nick Kent(Author),Iggy Pop(Author)

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A smart, scathing look at the most hell-bent performers of our time: Here are profiles of everyone you'd expect (and a few you wouldn't)-Brian Wilson, Miles Davis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sid Vicious, and Kurt Cobain. "Kent matters because he wrote about rock better than anyone before or since." -Tony Parsons, The Daily Telegraph

"A literary greatest hits…A fascinating, rip-roaring examination…Depressing, uplifting, heartbreaking and hilarious, this should be required reading." -- Philadelphia Weekly, 05/24/06"Kent matters because he wrote about rock better than anyone before or since." -- Tony Parsons, The Daily Telegraph"No writer was closer to punk...Shows Kent's wider fascination with fragile psyches [and] fearsome egos." -- Blender, October 2006 Nick Kent has written for New Musical Express, Spin, and Details and played with the Sex Pistols and the Subterraneans. He lives in England.

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  • By Bill Lane on August 8, 2014

    I am not into most of the other groups and/or individual stars that Kent writes about. As noted in another review, I stumbled across this while researching the Beach Boys, and while others felt he spent a disproportionate amount of space on them, it's THAT info that I came for -- the rest was icing on the cake. I DID enjoy reading about the travails of Neil Young (since we both share the love of Lionel Trains) and the chapter on Brian Jones was somewhat interesting (I've never been a huge Stones fan, but respect their music and longevity).Obscure, but worth the effort to obtain and peruse if you are a diehard BB fan -- info I learned here that I'd not seen anywhere else -- and I've read a TON over the years.

  • By lachigirl on December 27, 2006

    This book is a collection of stories and interviews of artists from the 60's all the way through the present (the updated edition). As someone who used to be a habitual Rolling Stone reader, and not longer is as a result of the change in people covers (which is a reflection of music today) this book is a reminder of the good old days before publicists, when artists did not hide and gave full access. The stores are great, and not necessarily flattering, as a result of the honest nature. This book is a great way to learn more about music history in an entertaining way.

  • By B. Thompson on October 26, 2009

    Can't remember how I first found this book, but it has been my favorite ever since I picked it up. I was only buying extra copies on Amazon to give as gifts. Personally I prefer Nick Kent to Lester Bangs, but that is just a taste thing.Buying The Dark Stuff and Please Kill me would bookend a fabulous book collection on late 20th Century Pop Music.

  • By John Greene on October 30, 2017

    Classic.Amazing insight into each individul and the author.The right amount of dark.

  • By jim warner on June 25, 2002

    very good,obviously some stories are more interesting than others.all around great reading for fans or non-fans.the sid+nancy story was my favorite,but this shows just how pathetic they really comes across as likeable,which is unusual in the rock biz.

  • By wordnat on March 16, 2004

    wow. i'm only halfway through this mindblowing thing but i gotta write a review full of slobbering praise RIGHT NOW. i knew i was in good hands when i finished the first piece on brian wilson, which is by far the best portrait of GeniusAbuse that i've had the pleasure to wade through. then, like a brilliant album, the hits just keep on a-comin': jerry lee lewis (scary), rocky erickson (pathetic), syd barrett (sad), brian jones (sad AND pathetic -- nice job, mr. jones!). harrowing, essential "stuff".

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