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Ghosts and Ballyhoo (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Juli 2013

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Zur Info: Thomas Wictor, seines Zeichens Bassist, Musikjournalist, Fan von Scott Thunes (ehemaliger Bassist von Frank Zappa und in gewisser Weise Co-Autor dieses Buches) und Ray Shulman (Gentle Giant), hat nach eigenem Ermessen auf ganzer Linie versagt: in seinem Job und privat, vor allem was seine Beziehungen anbelangt. Schlechtes Karma? Vielleicht. Was jedoch im Mittelpunkt steht, ist die Tatsache, dass gerade in Los Angeles das Musikgeschäft erbarmungslos, ungerecht, selbstgerecht und absolut musikerfeindlich ist. Sachverstand und eine Veranlagung, nett und verbindlich zu sein, rächen sich bitter. Selbst sein zeitweiliger Abschied aus der Musikszene und die Hinwendung zu einem so abwegigen Thema wie die Flammenwerfer im 1. Weltkrieg erweisen sich als Sackgasse, in der finstere Typen lauern. Und wer sich im Internet jemandem anvertraut, ist sowieso rettungslos verloren.

Thomas Wictor beschreibt dies anhand seiner eigenen Memoiren mit trockenem Humor, sehr wenig Selbstmitleid und so detailliert, dass man am Ende glaubt, ihn zu kennen. Als professioneller Versager macht er sich jedenfalls hervorragend, als Schriftsteller noch besser. Unbedingt empfehlenswert für alle, die es in L.A. schaffen wollen. Ihr werdet euch noch umschauen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly Recommended 13. Juni 2013
Von L. Lawhead - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
As noted in another review, this book evolved from a series of postings by the author on an internet forum for bass players. I was lucky enough to discover those posts relatively early, and was captivated by the author's skills as a storyteller. The book reads much like his postings there, in a rather conversational tone. It is a collection of his life experiences, in which he exposes and examines his failings, along with the often ugly underbelly of the life in general and the music industry in particular. And his eventual redemption. It all comes together in a compelling read.

From a personal standpoint, Thomas Wictor's life trajectory and mine have very little in common. And yet, (importantly), "Ghosts and Ballyhoo" resonates with me. There's something universal about it regarding the human condition. Or perhaps I'm merely projecting, and we're more alike than I admit. Regardless, we all have ghosts. And ballyhoo.

Bottom line, I enjoyed G&B as much as any book I've read recently. And significantly, it has stuck with me, weeks after I've finished. I can't think of much higher praise than that..
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Book that Talk Bass Spawned........ 28. Mai 2013
Von David K. Kennedy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
For those that don't realize it, this memoir took shape as a series of stories posted by the author, Tom Wictor on the "Talk Bass" forum as a way to recount some of the "odd" things that happened to him in the music business as well as his personal travels and relationships.

Through much encouragement from other Talk Bass Forum members, Tom took all this info and turned it into a book!

This book is written in a voice that is reminscent of Hunter S. Thompson with a huge spoonfull of obvious cathartic output from the author. As I was reading it, I felt as if I were walking along side Tom on his journey.

Whether it was concerning relationships or work or simply living life, Tom seems to have done all of these things in an extreme fashion (with some pretty horrible luck thrown in) and lived to come out on the other side of it with not only what had occured, but even the wisdom in hindsight to maybe see why it occurred.

I would recommend this book to any musician or anyone remotely interested in the music business - because no where else could you ever get a collection of stories that will pull back the curtain to reveal the underside of the life we find so glamorous.

Great Job Tom!!!
5.0 von 5 Sternen You will enjoy this book! 19. Juni 2013
Von Jeff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Having been a semi professional bass player for the last 23 years it is always interesting to hear about other bass player's experience. You're either jealous as hell by their success, or feel better about about yourself for having the little bit more than the other. Tom left me mesmerized by the life he's lived and the life he is living. I have been following this book since Tom first started his forum on talkbass.com. Now that I'm done reading it, I want to read more stories by Tom. It definitely left me with questions of, "But how...?" "But why...?" "When's the next installment?!?"
Seriously though, it was a very good read. It was very entertaining at parts, heart wrenching in others, and left me recalling times past of my own experiences. It's relieving to know that I'm not alone for how some of my thought processes have gone regarding jobs, relationships, playing the bass, and everything else we make time for. Thank you, Tom, for making me feel human.
From this book I also purchased In Cold Sweat: Interviews with Really Scary Bass Players and will certainly buy his next 2 books when released.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliance in the form of honesty 15. Juni 2013
Von DavidR - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
A++ This book is a definite summer read. You will not be disappointed!

"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." - Hunter S. Thompson

Ghosts and Ballyhoo displays this description of the music machine with unabashed, often hilarious and sometimes tragic honesty. Thomas Wictor's adventures (intentional or accidental) are a timeline of discovery, living and reckoning through his time before, during and after his ten years at Bass Player magazine.

Thomas brings to life the people he knew, loved, loathed and lost in his memoir in a vivid, lyrical colour (I'm Canadian, I spelled it right) that makes normally stuffy, pompous memoirs something very worthwhile. He tells the stories as the were, without saving himself at the expense of his pride and in the end, he tells how he overcame his own demons and learns to be happy in his own skin.

You will see yourself in parts of the stories. And if you're a musician, You'll see even more.
5.0 von 5 Sternen The #1 must read book for 2013! 14. Juni 2013
Von Daniel_The_Rhymer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
At first I thought this was a book about WWI flamethrowers but it turns out I was only partly correct. Tom has other books for that. I once read a story about a bass player who moved to Rhodesia to fight the insurgency. Boy was he on the wrong side of history! That bass player wasn't Tom, nor did Tom even write the story, which you would have thought would have been right up his alley, but evidently it wasn't. Tom's like that. Bass players are a cloistered lot, inbred and more than a little scary. They don't mingle well with outsiders. Just like this book. I'm thinking if I climbed into Tom's skull (would I fit?) I'd find more than one squirrel there. Not just any squirrels but mad rabid genius ones! With big teeth! Tom's mad rabbit genius squirrels have been telling him to write books, and this is one of them. There's lots of genius squirrel in this book. And stories too, often uncomfortable, frequently creepy, all true. I bought this book and I highly recommend it!
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