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Hotter Than a Match Head
 
 

Hotter Than a Match Head [Kindle Edition]

Steve Boone , Tony Moss

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  • Länge: 309 Seiten
  • Sprache: Englisch
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Kurzbeschreibung

On October 15, 1967, bass player Steve Boone took the Ed Sullivan Show stage for the final time, with his band The Lovin’ Spoonful. Since forming in a Greenwich Village hotel in early 1965, Boone and his bandmates had released an astounding nine Top 20 singles, the first seven of which hit the Billboard Top 10, including the iconic Boone co-writes “Summer in the City” and “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice.”

Little did Steve Boone know that the path of his life and career would soon take a turn for the bizarre, one that would eventually find him looking at the world through the bars of a jail cell. From captaining a seaworthy enterprise to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. from Colombia, to a period of addiction, to the successful reformation of the band he’d helped made famous, Hotter Than a Match Head tells the story of Boone’s personal journey along with that of one of the most important and enduring groups of the 1960s.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 18538 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: ECW Press; Auflage: 1 (1. August 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00K6MOJHC
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #196.258 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pow! 19. August 2014
Von Billy Music - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I was a big fan of the Spoonful in the 60s, enjoying their hit singles and albums, particularly witnessing their artistic progression from their debut album through Daydream and Hums. Around the start of 1967, they inexplicably seemed to self-destruct and disappear from radio airplay and the music scene. At the time, I assumed it was a product of the inherent short life cycle of bands, exacerbated (although I didn't know the word then) by Sebastian's increasing dominance as songwriter and lead singer. Only later did the word filter down about a mysterious drug bust in 1966 that resulted in the departure of Zal from the band and the demonization of the group as "finks" and tools of the Man by the emerging counterculture. This book, by bassist Steve Boone (Zal's fellow bustee), tells the true story about that event and its destructive impact on his and Zal's lives and the band's dynamics. Boone pulls no punches, and fesses up to decisions that he made while under legal fire that, in hindsight, may not have been the best. It's also a story of the evolving state of the print media and record business and attitudes about musicians and marijuana by their previously adoring fans. The book also vividly relates the details about the formation, maturation and dissolution of a group that produced some of the greatest music of the 1960s. A good, good read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen MUST-READ FOR LOVIN' SPOONFUL FANS 24. Juli 2014
Von J. Morin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
My first concert experience was in 1966 when I saw the Lovin' Spoonful at Boston Symphony Hall. To this day it's one of the most memorable shows I've ever seen. Those who saw them in their prime will know these guys were one of the best live bands at the time. They were and still are one of my favorite bands. I was familiar with their history but there were a few holes in the story and some contradicting claims between band members. Steve Booone, their excellent bass player and co-writer of many of their best songs, has written an excellent book that clears up some of the confusion and also offers up a bombshell or two about the group's history. Who was Butchie from Butchie's Tune? Now you know. The writing is clear and straight forward, fun to read, as if Steve was sitting next to you telling you the tale. Unlike many books of its kind claiming to tell you the honest behind-the-scenes story, this one truly delivers. Personality clashes, the infamous drug bust, their break-up - it's all here plus some surprising details that knocked my socks off. For Lovin' Spoonful fans and those curious about the Greenwich Village folks scene in the early 60s, this book is a must and you'll absolutely love it. Thanks, Steve, for telling it.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not Too Much Magic 5. September 2014
Von Bryan D. Bowman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I agree that this is a must read for fans. And I remain very much a fan of the Spoonful albums that include Zal. That said, I really wish that this book was much more like the excerpt printed above about walking past the cage and meeting Sebastian and Zal and actually playing music. Boone's band's music was uniquely joyful and musical with a very deep sense of rootedness that never detracted at all from the fun factor. It is inarguable that Boone was integral to their success.

That said, I found this an annoying read. Boone's presumption that his early life until his musical activities began can be overlooked. Unfortunately, what is more difficult to overlook is how impressed Boone expects us to be with his rock star lifestyle. His accounts of his romantic conquests are highly remeniscent of the tedious tales recently brokered by Boone's contemporary, Howard Kaylan of the Turtles. Like Kaylan, Boone is also very prone to quoting deceased persons off-the-record remarks (in Boone's case - Zal) in a way that implies a photographic memory that the substance history would cast in doubt. Fifty-year old conversations quoted verbatim do little to bolster Boone's credibility.

As has been noted, a key event in Boone's life and career seems to have been the bust and subsequent ratting out of a weed source. Boone's narrative regarding this episode is not really as clear as he seems to think it is. Beyond that, it left me with the feeling that young Boone's fear of incarceration and poverty, which he invites you to share as a rationale for informing the police, were his primary motivation for cooperating in the way he did. As young as he was then, I find it hard to believe he didn't understand the importance of being a stand-up guy regardless of the consequences. Boone apparently all-too-happily repeated this behavior some years later: after a bust on the East Coast he again cooperated with agents as a means of evading conviction. His efforts to implicate anyone else were unsuccessful, which Boone sees as good luck. But had he been successful in again being a rat would that simply have been bad luck?

Compounding the whininess of this aspect of Boone's memoirs are the pot shots he just can't resist taking as he closes. Airing his resentments regarding his band's place in popular history, he grouses that the Byrds and Monkees, now the objects of extensive CD reconsiderations, employed, gasp, session musicians. Such finger-pointing is unseemly and detracts for the Lovin' Spoonful's own classy legacy.

To Boone's credit, at one point he reprints a letter he received from John Sebastian castigating himself and Butler for some business machinations they attempted to cash in on the band's waning value. The letter Sebastian writes is so right on that I personally wonder why Boone would include it. It casts him in a rather accurate light.

I'm personally not too interested in Boone's trysting or drug smuggling or boating, and I skimmed and skipped some lengthy passages addressing these topics. I kept looking for the music, and the magic. Those things run out pretty early in this book. I'm sure the intended target audience will buy this book, but they'd be better off just listening to the music. Which was superb.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen MUST READ! 24. Juli 2014
Von lynne Volkman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
this is a GREAT book about a legendary rock 'n roll band and the incredible autobiography of its longtime bass player Steve Boone.
Anyone who loved their music or is just interested in the late 60's music scene in and around New York should read this! And Steve's wild adventures only add to it!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perspective from a rock and roll lady of the sixties 1. August 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Having grown up during the rock and roll magic days I found this book to be a wonderful ride down memory lane. Was a great read and very difficult to put down. Thanks Boone for sharing your life, so far, with us.
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