Mikes Random Musings

Saturday, April 08, 2006

I've been reading a bunch of musical biographies recently. It started with Henry Rollins Broken Summers', the Marilyn Manson's 'Long Hard Road Out of Hell', Dee Dee Ramones 'Lobotamy : Surviving the Ramones' and now 'Come as You Are' a Nirvana biography.

It's strange to read Mansons biography and think, 'Well his childhood was a bit fucked up, but that does not really explain who he became[1]'. Then to read Dee Dee Ramones biography, and think 'okay his childhood was really fucked up, and it's suprising he made is as long as he did without killing himself earlier'.

Rollins book was a very different thing. He writes very much like he talks, straight and too the point. You got from his writing that he is the kind of person, who does not exist unless he is performing. His entire life can be summarised as two stages, preparing for the road, and on the road. He is living the Bushuto male existance. Rock On!

His writing also inspired me to learn more about the West Memphins Three. Henry believes them to be inocent, I believe I don't know enough about the case to make that sort of call, however the case does ask more questions than it answers.

[1] I respect Manson for what he has done. He identified a void in the modern music scene, and filled it. I don't know how much of how he comes across is real, and how much of it is just him being a showman.


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