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Crock Stories: Million-Dollar Tales of Music, Mayhem & Immaturity Paperback – October 27, 2010
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I also liked and could relate to how the author, over multiple stories, showed how people he thought he knew, either as a friend or adversary, greatly diverged from what he thought they were as they matured through their late teen years and into what they would eventually become. Also enjoyable was his descriptions of the "characters" that exist everyday in every town across the country.
Put simply it was a good read that still has me thinking about his and my own stories from that significant time of my life.
Dave Brigham (a music and technology journalist), tells a bunch of stories that span childhood to middle-age, all of which use rock music to play some role. You get the impression, like in many novels or rock records that these stories are mostly real and autobiographical, embellished more to call attention to his point than just for the sake of exaggeration.
And that's why this book is such a rare treat. It's like a considerate effort to spare us for a moment from the more typical mega-researched tomes of artists and songs, or the blubbering, post-"High Fidelity" hyper-analytical essays about lost girlfriends and mix tapes. Who wouldn't want instead to spend an evening with some whiskey, a Yo La Tengo bootleg and Dave Brigham's story of New Orleans street musicians feuding over a single, broken guitar?
Highly recommended if you loved (and still love) live music.