Sivaprasad Sivanandan Sivanandan itibaren Zyatkovka, Novosibirskaya oblast', Rusya, 632756
This book took me a really long time to get into. The first part, to me, was confusing and way too much info at once. However, because I was reading it for my book club, I kept on, and it got much better. I am so glad that I finished it because I really feel that I learned a lot from it. So much discussion about Iranian culture - it was really eye opening. In addition, it helped me to look at literature just a little bit differently when anazlying it. All in all, definitely worth reading. The best book ever? Definitely not, but get through the first section, and you'll really enjoy the rest!
This is just an incredible book. The characters are so beautifully drawn, and the city of New Orleans is so vivid. The storm just breaks your heart, and the aftermath, which is actually most of the book, is even more tragic. I think everyone should read this book.
Found this book at the British Music Experience in London - snapped it up, believe me! I recommend this book not just for those who truly dig Depeche Mode, but for a cracking good story, well told, of the process and evolution of one of the '80s most successful bands. Beginning with their formative years, it tells the story of how they met, what drove them forward, the heartbreaks, successes, misadventures, and their creative process year after year. It also sheds quite a light on their relations among one another - sometimes too bright a light, as my esteem for Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher has dimmed a bit after how they treated Alan Wilder during the recording of "Songs of Faith and Devotion" (he did ALL the work). Also, as I always suspected, Andrew "Fletch" Fletcher can't play anything - his sole purpose is to keep Gore company and provide a "Man on the Street" opinion of whatever they're working on. But Dave's story takes center stage, and man - do I have a newfound respect for what he's been able to overcome. It's heartbreaking what he went through - did you know he "died" twice? The scene where he leaves his heroin gear out while his mum and his son are at his house is incredibly sad. His mum throws the stuff out while Dave's passed out, and then he runs out and grabs the neighbor's trash (five large bags worth) and empties them in the kitchen looking for his junk. Then he breaks down sobbing and says, "Oh, Mum - I'm a junkie, I'm a junkie!" She looks down at him and says, "I know, love. I know." Great interviews of all band members (Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder), Wayne Hussey of the Mission UK, members of Miranda Sex Garden, the Cure, OMD, Killing Joke, Daniel Miller, Flood, Francois Kevorkian, Blixa Bargeld, Soft Cell, Steve Strange, et al., make this THE book on Depeche Mode. I HIGHLY recommend it!