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« Reply #4620 on: Friday, May 19, 2023, 09:16:19 »

Those of you know i have a history in "rock n roll". Andy Rourke was fucking great. He came down to DJ at my clubs numerous times and if ever in Brighton we would hook up. A genuine kind and funny bloke. Im absolutely gutted.
Was planning to hook up with him in New York next year.

His bass playing was so underrated. RIP
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« Reply #4621 on: Friday, May 19, 2023, 09:20:13 »

Barbarism Begins At Home, How Soon Is Now, This Charming Man, all masterpieces largely because of Rourke's sublime bass playing.  He was a crucial member of The Smiths.  He might not have written the songs but he made them what they ended up being.  A truly unique talent.
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« Reply #4622 on: Friday, May 19, 2023, 10:40:08 »

Only saw him play with the Smiths once, but what a bass player. Remember Johnny Marr saying once if Elvis had the smiths drummer and bassist he'd have been bigger. Really sad news.
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« Reply #4623 on: Friday, May 19, 2023, 10:44:58 »

Barbarism Begins At Home, How Soon Is Now, This Charming Man, all masterpieces largely because of Rourke's sublime bass playing.  He was a crucial member of The Smiths.  He might not have written the songs but he made them what they ended up being.  A truly unique talent.

A highlight for me.
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« Reply #4624 on: Friday, May 19, 2023, 11:41:49 »

I fucking love The Smiths. Love love love them. What a band.
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« Reply #4625 on: Saturday, May 20, 2023, 21:02:41 »

Martin Amis, 73. This might not be the most fitting epitaph but I'm not sure I've ever hated books(that I've finished) as much as the two of his that I did. The Da Vinci Code possibly.
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« Reply #4626 on: Saturday, May 20, 2023, 21:39:10 »

Martin Amis, 73. This might not be the most fitting epitaph but I'm not sure I've ever hated books(that I've finished) as much as the two of his that I did. The Da Vinci Code possibly.
Which 2 as a matter of interest?
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« Reply #4627 on: Saturday, May 20, 2023, 22:14:32 »

Which 2 as a matter of interest?

London Fields - he wrote working class people like someone who had never been close enough to them to even attempt to understand them. From memory there was also some sort of apocalyptic scenario constantly eluded to that was never explained.

Times Arrow - I'm not sensitive about the eventual subject matter but it just seemed exploitative in an attempt to be clever. Added to that the fact that on several occasions it simply didn't work and he just ploughed on through.

He was friends with Christopher Hitchens, so I'm sure he was a true gent and more talented than I'm giving him credit for. Definitely not my cup of tea as an author though.
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« Reply #4628 on: Monday, May 22, 2023, 08:39:34 »

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« Reply #4629 on: Monday, May 22, 2023, 08:54:24 »

Martin Amis, 73. This might not be the most fitting epitaph but I'm not sure I've ever hated books(that I've finished) as much as the two of his that I did. The Da Vinci Code possibly.

I had a similar experience, I bought one from a charity shop a few years back just as I thought I should read one and found it to be tedious pretentious wank, apparently written to mainly show the reader how much cleverer the author was than the reader, can't remember which one it was and looking at his bibliography on Wiki none ring a bell!
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« Reply #4630 on: Monday, May 22, 2023, 11:40:42 »

London Fields - he wrote working class people like someone who had never been close enough to them to even attempt to understand them. From memory there was also some sort of apocalyptic scenario constantly eluded to that was never explained.

Times Arrow - I'm not sensitive about the eventual subject matter but it just seemed exploitative in an attempt to be clever. Added to that the fact that on several occasions it simply didn't work and he just ploughed on through.

He was friends with Christopher Hitchens, so I'm sure he was a true gent and more talented than I'm giving him credit for. Definitely not my cup of tea as an author though.
Ah,not read those. Quite liked Night Train tho
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« Reply #4631 on: Monday, May 22, 2023, 12:56:04 »

I had a similar experience, I bought one from a charity shop a few years back just as I thought I should read one and found it to be tedious pretentious wank, apparently written to mainly show the reader how much cleverer the author was than the reader, can't remember which one it was and looking at his bibliography on Wiki none ring a bell!
Hate books like that. It's why I tend to avoid anything that's won any awards as that's what they all tend to be like in my experience...
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« Reply #4632 on: Monday, May 22, 2023, 12:58:51 »

I once tried to read a Martin Amis book (Money - I got about 80% through and it was very tiring) and reflect what others have said above.

It seemed like pretentious tripe written by someone with a better grasp of a thesaurus than me.
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« Reply #4633 on: Monday, May 22, 2023, 13:12:31 »

Based on these reviews I'll give them A Miss...  Pint
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« Reply #4634 on: Monday, May 22, 2023, 19:42:30 »

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