December Reads

The Books I read in December…

I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke ***

Fast Living: Remembering The Real Gary Holton by Teddie Dahlin **

Victoria Wood: Let’s Do It – The Authorised Biography by Jasper Rees *****

A note re the disappointing ratings of Cooper Clarke’s autobiography and the Gary Holton biography. Whilst Cooper Clarke’s writing remains a joy to behold, this is a reminder that a) no one remembers much on heroin and b) the life of a heroin addict is very dull. The chapters which relate him making it big in the late 70s and early 80s are thin affairs as a result of the grip the drug had on him. This means that the only in depth interesting stuff is at the start of the book relating to his childhood and early years. This is the bulk of the book really. As for the Holton book, well it’s not a biography. It’s just a music journalist’s oral history from people who knew him. There’s scarcely anything about his childhood. His two years with Hair, his breakout opportunity, is condensed to one sentence and there’s next to nothing of the role in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet which made him a household name. There are no interviews with anyone involved with the programme either. given that Holton considered himself an actor first and foremost, it’s a shame that this book only concerns itself with his music.

And there we are, that’s 2020 in books!

Number of books read this year is 56!

2 thoughts on “December Reads”

  1. Hi Mark,
    Not sure how many I read this year, but it was nowhere near 56, that much I do know. The Gary Holton ‘bio’ sounds dreadful; I’m something of a fan truth be known – Heavy Metal Kids, some great UK TV drama appearances, AWP (a lot of the 2nd series was filmed in and around Nottingham), and even his short lived stint (one gig) with the Damned. But I think I’ll pass on this one…

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    1. It really is dreadful. Just a string of anecdotes which makes for a very shallow read. It’s easy to write shit like that, yiu just point the tape recorder at the subject and type it up later. He needs a much better book than that.

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