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Memoirs Of The Viper-Pit,
This review is from: Apathy for the Devil: A Seventies Memoir (Paperback)
Nick Kent's memoir of his time as a seventies music journalist bears witness to the old truism that if one wants to meet some of the most insecure, mentally-imbalanced, narcissistic, egomaniacal, sadistic and generally repulsive people in the world, one should avoid the prisons and lunatic asylums and head for the recording studios instead.
His pithily erudite exposé of the transatlantic cess-pit of rock music in the seventies is by turns amusing, terrifying, touching and mesmerising.
Characters are assassinated, reputations are restored, motives are explored and virtually anyone who was anyone - from The Rolling Stones to The Sex Pistols - is analysed with the clinically detached eye of a man who has been there, seen it, done it, and just about survived to tell the tale.
If you only read one book concerning the Viper-Pit that was the music game in the seventies, make it this one.