I read the first half of My British Invasion before skimming the rest and giving up Some of it was interesting, but I quickly realized I just don t need that level of detail about most of these bands, despite my love for their music Bronson s layout zigzagged between chapters that were like past tense diary entries, and the interesting chapters about specific bands an approach that didn t hold my interest As another reader noted, this book caters to a very specific audience For those, like me, who love the British Invasion, find this book at your local library Once you ve browsed through it, I think you ll quickly be able to decide if it s something you want to pursue. Lefsetz sent me Read the first part and then some of the chapters on bands I cared about but skipped the rest As I read it I was just shaking my head on the mind numbing detail I went to a ton of concerts back in the day, saw many of these bands, and even if I wrote stuff down it would be a 10th of the detail he has on his day to day going to concerts All in all a fun read going back in time. If 1960 s Brit Pop from the British Invasion isn t your thing, you probably won t care for this book Within its 310 pages, you ll find stories about some of the bigger stars of that era the Dave Clark 5, The Hollies, The Kinks, The Troggs, Manfred Mann and others And some of the stories are ones you ve never heard before although if you re a fan of any of those groups, you probably already know the historical context This however, centers on the author s interactions with these groups while trying to decide if he wanted to be a writer, record company executive, singer, or what he eventually went on to co found one of the premier re issue labels around, Rhino Records.Sadly, there is too much time spent on the author s love life or lack of same while in college and interacting with some of these groups If you lived through that time, you can probably empathize with his female difficulties, I know I could, but many people would no doubt find it boring.All in all, this is a pleasant little journey back to the days when rock was worth listening to you could actually understand the words , nobody was rapping always something to be thankful for and music was enjoyable Music fans particularly if you re a fan of the British Invasion of the 60 s you ll love this, or at the very least enjoy it If you re into something else, go read a Stephen King novel or something and let us old timers enjoy re living the memories. The meat of this book for music fans is in the middle chapters and the closing one which cover the individual bands Bronson met and interviewed The chapters regarding his personal life are a bit less intriguing, but not to the point of one losing interest in the narrative Some sense of the personalities of the bands are revealed, and in some instances, one gets a sense of either liking or disliking certain musicians A worthwhile read, but not necessarily an essential one. Co Founder Of Rhino Records, Harold Bronson, Tells His Story As A Passionate Music Fan Who Explored The British Music Scene And Met Many Of The Performers Whose Music He Loved, And In Some Cases Got To Know Them As A Music Journalist, Music Executive, Or Friend, Harold Gives An Insiders Account Of London S S Music SceneWith Chapters On Harold S Immersion In London S Rock Scene In The Early S And Others On Significant Music Makers From The S And S, My British Invasion Gives Both Large And Small Scopes Of The Scene That Brought Us Herman S Hermits, The Hollies, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, Johnny Rotten, And Pirate RadioA Must For All Music Fans Of The British Invasion Of The S And S InterestingI picked up this book on Bob Lefsetz s recommendation The writing is a bit stilted at times, but the author s dedication to the topic is undeniable, and there are some fascinating bits of info scattered throughout Worth your time.
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- 320 pages
- My British Invasion
- Harold Bronson
- 09 April 2019 Harold Bronson