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Chronicling Nick Kent's up-close , personal, often harrowing adventures with the Rolling Stones, Lester Bangs, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols, and Chrissie Hynde, among scores of others, Apathy for the Devil is a picaresque memoir that bears witness to the beautiful and the damned of this turbulent decade.
As a college dropout barely out of his teens, Kent's first five interviews were with the MC5, Captain Beefheart, the Grateful Dead, the Stooges, and Lou Reed. But after the excitement and freedom of those early years, his story would come to mirror that of the decade itself, as he slipped into excess and ever-worsening heroin use. Apathy for the Devil is a compelling story of inspiration, success, burn out, and rebirth from a classic wordsmith.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Product dimensions:||14.18(w) x 10.82(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Nick Kent's legendary music journalism defined the golden days of New Musical Express. He has also written for The Face, Sunday Times, Spin, Guardian, and Mojo. He lives in Paris.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I always wondered what it would be like to be a "mouse in the pocket" of someone who was hanging out with the "inner circle" of Jagger & Richards, Bowie, Chrissie Hynde and other early 70's rock/punk bands, during the years that I came through adolesence to become a young adult. Nick Kent puts you there and lets you judge the atmosphere for yourself, whether its the drugs, music or mojo that is winning over the encounter. He brings to life the encounter while he is interviewing or simply hanging out with whomever the player from the english music crowd he happens to be with at the time and he lets you as the little mouse look and listen from the pocket of his always present overcoat as seen on the cover. It is truly a look at the "roots" of English Classic Rock (and some ground breaking punk) music makers that were on our "record players" and traveling through our town - Led Zepplin, Free, Soft Machine, Pink Floyd, Bad Company and on and on - Even though I was just a "receiver" of the product, I was taken back to my late teen and early 20's. There I was, sitting in the first row of the FIRST EVER Led Zepplin North American concert (DENVER COLO Auditorium Theatre where they 'opened' for the headline band Vanilla Fudge) or sitting on the hardwood floor at the earliest Free concert (later to become Bad Company) that took place in a low ceiling roller skating rink on south Broadway in Denver. I flashed back to many moments in time as I read this wonderful memoir. I always wanted to be in the world where Mr Kent writes about. But I was 17 and not about to leave a white suburban homelife --- as a kid. However this book is such a great "window" into the the life of Mr. Kent, a music scene writer with assignments to "mingle" with the stars from that time. I feel truly rewarded with this book now, some 40 years later, and to have been given this chance to experience in Mr. Kent's exceptional writing skill, what must have been a very interesting England. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED, (as Hendrix sang) you do truly experience a life on the English soil with his rock aquaintences, because of Nick's incredible writing. But what is the most profound, underlying glue to Nick's 70's memoir, is his personal lens, which back in the 70's was mostly under the influence of a narcotic or two, that makes you FEEL the "lit up" drug infected scene of the English rock-n-roll life. Not that the drugs made it what it was, but that he writes from the heart of his existence. Incredible writing. I hope Mr. Kent is healthy and continues on with more! WE WANT MORE!
This is a great book on Rock n Roll, Kent writing is captivating