As we tweeted yesterday, I really liked those chapters. For me, the bits that didn’t quite fit were some of the US stuff. So much of the book was (understandably) focused on the UK that the American scenes either seemed a bit token (“Surely there was more going on in all of America?” I’d think) or just not very related to the surrounding chapters.
Otherwise, I liked the earlier post-punk stuff because I was too young at the time to be aware of it, never mind appreciate it, and I’ve heard little about it since. It’s awful that I hadn’t even *heard* Gang of Four until (checks) 2007.
And then I liked the later, more mainstream and synthy stuff because although I knew a lot of it from my teen years I wasn’t into music enough then to put it in context. It was all just part of the big mix of chart pop to me. And so seeing how it could all be made to fit together was an eye-opener.
So I don’t quite agree with your minor criticism but yes, it’s generally a wonderful book.
11 November 2011.
I had a similar accident as a child.
Playing war in my neighbours’ garden, I was standing on a horizontal bit of wood on their tall fence, so I could see over it to shoot someone. It had been raining and my feet slipped off and I fell. It was only a few inches to the ground, but on the way down the underside of my upper arm caught on a nail.
Thankfully my neigbours’ mum was a nurse, so she took charge, ordered her son to fetch some of his comfort blankets to mop up the blood (thanks Ben), and, I assume, whisked me to hospital.
I remember being at the hospital, having the tetanus shots and stitches, but not much else.
Now I know that a lolly is the going rate for an underarm scar, I’ll have to make sure I was given one, or else I’ll be demanding payment, plus interest.
17 November 2011.
WE WILL IMPOSE OUR SLOGANS ON PUBLIC SPACE JUST LIKE ADVERTISERS DO, EXCEPT WE WILL ALSO DEFACE OLD BUILDINGS WITH PAINT, NOT JUST POSTERS.
(I have to add something in lower-case as Flickr auto-lower-cases it otherwise.)
29 November 2011.
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