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Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century
Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting view of 1979, but you still can't help hating its main characters., May 12, 2013
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This is a well written and enjoyable account of that period and for those who actually lived it in person, it brings back a lot of memories. But despite the relative accuracy of the account, you can't avoid the feeling that the author is trying hard to make Margaret Thatcher, Deng Xiaoping, Pope John Paul II, Ayatollah Khomeini and the Afghan fighters against the Russians appear as 'revolutionaries' while there were among the most reactionaries characters of the past century. Whichever way you slice their actions and thoughts, one can't avoid hating them for what they have done and what they have represented and the author seem to be actually thinking the same way, although - being those the 'heroes' of his story - he is trying hard to make them appear in a better light. But when he let himself go to the actual recount of facts, one can't avoid seeing the heroes as villains. So the whole book creates a sort of schizofrenic effect on the reader. Still an interesting reading as it shows how disastrous 1979 has been for the future history of mankind.


Ellen von Unwerth: Fraulein
Ellen von Unwerth: Fraulein
by Ellen Von Unwerth
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice anthology of Ellen Von Unwerth's work, February 5, 2012
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I am not going to load you with an erudite review. All I can say is that this is a superb collection of photographs for those who love the genre. Nice large images in a hard cover, big and heavy book. Some may find the images somewhat blurred or less than perfect. In fact few of them are technically impeccable. But that's beside the point. These images are meant to be fun and spontaneous and they achieve their goal in full. Also, no redunadant words, just a short foreword and a short biography at the end. Pity the names of the models are not indicated in the thumbnails at the end.
If you like Ellen's style just go for it: well worth the money and the shipping costs.


Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour: A Photographer's Life and His World
Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour: A Photographer's Life and His World
by Charles Churchward
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as interesting as it could be..., February 20, 2011
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If you want to know more about Herb Ritts' photography stay away from this book. It contains very few of his images and some of the pictures which are supposed to document his life are so small that you need a magnifying lens to view them! I wonder why they bothered including them at all. Basically the book is a sort of collection of little more than gossips from members of the high society which Herb Ritts loved so much. It could be interesting, but it is not: all those comments hardly give you an insight of his photography nor his life as a whole. Mostly, they are comments from people who hardly understood what he was doing and had little to do with what he was trying to achieve. It's like reading the text of a lengthy interview documentary of E channel. It can be nice as a TV program, but as a book it is just shallow and tedious. There is not even a biography of Herb Ritts to give you an overview and help you make sense of the rather disconnected juxtaposition of anecdotes. At the end you don't have the feeling of having learned anything meaningful about his work nor his life. You are just left struggling making a sense yourself of the various sentences uttered by all these people.
Overall, it looks like a purely commercial attempt to exploit the photographer's fame and the names of those uttering their more or less trivial gossiping. Good for a tabloid reading while having a haircut, but a bit shallow for a pretentious book like this.


Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love
Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love
by Thomas Maier
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and well written biography, June 26, 2009
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This is one of those books you pick up and you don't put it down until you have finished it. And when you do finish it, you look back at the chapters at the beginning and read again pieces here and there still enjoying every bit. It makes you identify with its characters like a novel, it keeps you on your tip toes like a thriller and it makes you feel part of a piece of recent history like if you were in it at some point.
It makes you appreciate once more how certain things can only happen in certain periods of history and how far we are now, in all respects, from those culturally vibrant years which were the 60s and 70s.
Congrats to the author.
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Madonna Nude 1979
Madonna Nude 1979
by Martin Maximilian
Edition: Hardcover
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not an indispensable book on Madonna, August 25, 2005
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This review is from: Madonna Nude 1979 (Hardcover)
Those who expect a significant collection of images of Madonna will be disappointed. First of all the book contains a very limited number of pictures, not more than 12 or 13 all in all. Many of the pictures are just the same image cropped differently. The central page is just the same image flipped 180 degrees. The image quality is rather poor and most of them are just show torsos and pubic hair with no face. Lighting and composition are ordinary, and so are the props used. The images that Playboy published in 1985 (which were far better) are not included here. The only interesting thing (sort of, for those who like these things) is the photo of the model release form signed by Madonna. Although the book doesn't cost much, it is a total waste and you'd better save it for soomething else.


Matching Mole
Matching Mole
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wyatt gets free, March 22, 2001
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This review is from: Matching Mole (Audio CD)
After the Soft Machine experience ended with the beautiful Third and Fourth albums (the rest is mere exercise) and after the incredible sounds of "The end of an ear", Wyatt gets his acts together and leads Matching Mole into its wonderful two album experience: Matching Mole and Little Red Record. Matching Mole is the first one and everything is already there. Caroline is a beautiful love song which echoes 'A certain kind' of a few years before. The rest is almost all instrumental and very innovative. Everything flows freely and smoothly and Wyatt is again in charge. The political engagement will come out with the following 'Little Red Record', another masterpiece. But Matching Mole is fresh and delicate, yet intriguing and sophisticated with the voice used as an ironicinstrument, not much to say really:'This is the second verse... and this is the chorus.. or perhaps it's a bridge or just another key change, never mind, it doesn't hurt it only means that I have lost faith in this song coz it won't help me reach you'. An album not to be missed for those who love Wyatt. Together with first three of Soft Machine and Rock Bottom, Matching Mole is the highest expression Wyatt has ever reached.


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