Waterstones Journey to the Centre of the Cramps

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Description: Based upon work and materials compiled for the acclaimed and now much sought after 2007 Cramps biography A Short History of Rock'n' Roll Psychosis, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps goes far beyond being a revised and updated edition: Completely overhauled, rewritten and vastly expanded, it now represents the definitive work on the group. In addition to unseen interview material from Ivy, Lux and other former band members, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps also sees the Cramps' story through to its conclusion, recounting Lux's unexpected death in 2009, the subsequent dissolution of the group and their enduring legacy. The Cramps' history, influences and the cast of characters in and around the group are likewise explored in far greater depth. Features unseen first-hand interview material from Lux Interior and Poison Ivy. A wealth of new interview material with former band members and other key players in the band's history and never before seen/rare photographs and ephemera to help illustrate the book. Waterstones Journey to the Centre of the Cramps - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: DADSKI

Rating: 5

Review: A FAN FROM THE START I OWN OVER 50 FIFTY C.D.'S AND NINE DVD'S BY THEM (OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL). I LISTEN TO THEM EVERY DAY. THEY WERE THE BEST ROCK AND ROLL BAND EVER AND I WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM SO I PURCHASED THIS BOOK. IT IS GREAT READING. I PARTICULARY WANTED TO KNOW WHY BRYAN GREGORY LEFT AND WHY KID CONGO POWERS WAS REMOVED, BECAUSE THEY WERE THE BEST LINE UP'S.GREAT DETAIL AND A RIVETING BOOK.

 

Author: Tech XXIII

Rating: 3

Review: 3 and a half stars to be fair. let's start with the big question, shall we? is this the definitive biography of the cramps that we're all hoping it is? no. no it's not! the cramps were an astonishing band. in sound, vision and attitude they were the greatest exponents of rock 'n' roll to ever tramp the surface of the planet. lux and ivy's vision was pure, unwavering in belief, and both possessed the knowledge and the tools to outrocknroll them all. be it elvis, little richard, link wray, warren smith and all the classic rockabilly artists, whoever (let's face it, they all burned out - the cramps never did), the cramps, to many, were the ultimate. as well as possessors of a live show that never fell short of 'killer'! to the book then.......... it may or may not help to have read dick porter's previous biography 'a short history of rock 'n' roll psychosis', of which this book is the beefed up expanded version of, but if you have this book there is little need for the first (unless you are very wealthy). strangely, for an updated version, it has a new cover (the cover photograph on this couldn't have chosen better. it is perfect), a new title (again, fine) and a whole different gallery of excellent photographs. all good. it doesn't feel like the initial book either, so i guess that justifies the changes, and also is to be thought of as positive. as far as outside agencies go, the cramps were/are a closed shop, and neither ivy nor lux have direct input to this, but are quoted extensively from a number of other sources, entertaining and verging on sensible, as most of these are, it was a greatly frustrating excercise to read forward and back again to ascertain whether the quotes are attributed to lux or ivy. this served to break the rhythm of what is generally a good read, and should perhaps have been subject to an easier to distinguish format. the 'guts' of the first book - that which has been expanded, truly has, and more detail has been added along with facts here and there which are new to me, and does nothing but build up a more accurate 'bigger picture'. however, the period from where the last book left off and the present could have done with the same beefing up, and leaves the impression of having been rushed, the author runs through album releases and (the many) personnel changes without much detail to further inform the reader to a fitting level. again, the lack of direct band involvement might have dictated this. it does feel a little disappointing to have a final, and brilliant, album like 'fiends of dope island' given scant coverage over a couple of pages. the same amount of space is given to lux's passing, surely a couple of (literally two) quotes from others is grossly insufficient and verging on the flippant. this is basically where the book ends, with little more than a couple of lines dedicated to informing us of ivy's feelings and post cramps life. of course we're interested! this biography, in general, is a fine and informative read, up until the last twenty or so pages. this begs the question of why the author thought fit to produce an expanded volume, when it ends quite so poorly. this is a pity, as printed material on the cramps is thin on the ground. really only this, the initial book and the ian johnstone book, 'the wild wild world of the cramps', all of which have their good points and are valid regarding the history of the band, but none are, or come close to being, definitive - that will probably have to wait until either ivy picks up a pen, or commisions someone to do it on her behalf. it might never happen then.

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Description: Journey to the Centre of the Cramps : Paperback : Omnibus Press : 9781783053735 : 1783053739 : 01 Jul 2015 : Based upon work and materials compiled for the acclaimed and now much sought after 2007 Cramps biography A Short History of Rock'n' Roll Psychosis, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps goes far beyond being a revised and updated edition:. The Book Depository Journey to the Centre of the Cramps by Dick Porter - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

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