Having just noticed that the initiator of the latest "book" thread left the site taking the discussion with him, it's my turn again to revive it; being too important a topic to be dropped, imo.

Having finished "Get Carter" by Ted Lewis over the Holidays, I'll soon start with "Jack Carters Law", a prequel set in late 60s Soho.

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  • Being an avid reader of all his recent work from 'Man and Boy' on, I'm gonna start in this 'prehistoric' Parsons now. I think Beesleys Mojo Talkin' inspired me to get it.

    • I've got a 1983 copy of Limelight Blues, l haven't read it and wondered why l bought it but now l know after reading Kai's post, probably influenced by Tony Beesleys book 

    • I have never read any of Parsons books so I cannot comment on the literary merits. I have never taken to him as a person tbh as to me he comes across as a weasel; the music industries equivalent to Piers Morgan.

    • On the money there Chris, two bob in Parsons's case.  His early books ( I couldn't call it writing) sold well  but because he had nothing original to say, no one would publish him for years.                                                                                                                              I  saw him interviewed once when he said he was over forty before he understood that women were not sex objects so obviously a progressive thinker.



    • Yeah the few times I have seen him interviewed he came across as a little odious creep John, throw in the odd bit of racism and it probably sums the guy up. Other people may well like him or his style of writing but he is not the sort of person I rate.

    • Well it is a matter of opinion Chris and like in all things we all draw different conclusions based on our observations and opinions. I think that celebrity now trumps talent or performance.

      If anyone enjoys Parsons books or opinions, I take the same view as I do in music. We all have differents tastes and there is no accounting for them.

      I know someone who attended a promotion of a Parsons book where he attende and called him something beginning with "c" as they say in I Spy. So we are not alone.

    • Can't say anything about him as a person really as he's virtually unknown over here.... but I take it you're all not too keen on him, hahaha!

    • Very perceptive Kai :-). 

      Parsons did have quite a high celebrity profile here when he was first published. However if people derived pleasure from his books, the fact that I have have a different opinion is just that, an opinion. 

      Given the  option of only being ever being allowed to listen to one recording artist again I would probaly choose Billie Holiday. I quite understand that she would not come in the top hundred of other people. It is abour what you enjoy. That is the way it is and should be.

      Out of interest who would it be for you Kai?


    • Uhh... tough one, John... somewhere between the Beatles, St Etienne and Telemann... ;-)

    •  Well I know the Beatles work and I can think of no other pop band that approaches the canon of work they produced. I cannot comment on the other two but will have a listen out of interest because I know you have such a large and varied collection of music.

      It is a sign of the times that you can mention the Beatles on MG. Not so very long ago that would have been considered sedtious by some and a call to arms.


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