Re: Thoughts on the book? (Spoilers)

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Posted by Jose ( on October 02, 2019 at 11:23:52:

In Reply to: Thoughts on the book? (Spoilers) posted by Bitter, Bitter Me on September 30, 2019 at 06:45:00:

So many "you've got to be fucking kidding me" moments. Several realizations. In no particular order:

1. Pete Angelus may be a genius. After this book you finally get a sense of his brilliance in band management. The patience and strategy he had in certain situations and his business sense benefited the band far beyond what I'd previously suspected.

2. Johnny Colt was a much different person than I had perceived him to be overall. I knew he'd gotten clean and could always tell was clearly evolving personally faster than anyone else in the band at the time, but my overall perception of him was way off.

3. I was expecting a cargo ship's worth of Chris Robinson-is-a-prick stories, walked to the sports betting window and took the under on "Stories and details about Rich Robinson that would be unfuckingbelievable" ...and I should've taken the over. I mean damn. The Jimmy Page thing is astounding. Did anyone else open their mouth when they read that, literally flabbergasted to the point of your jaw dropping open? That's way beyond narcissism and ego and hubris...we've now revealed an enormous level of ignorance and stupidity. As in, full confirmation of the presence of a low IQ individual.

4. When you watch the 2011 Jimmy Page sit-in at Shepard's Bush on YouTube now, you see with new eyes now why, when they finished the song, Rich could barely bring himself to slither over across the stage sheepishly and awkwardly to shake Jimmy's hand, and why Jimmy's body language basically said, "Go fuck yourself."

5. "I don't care how much the rest of the band makes." -- Chris Robinson

6. Running into Clint Steele all those years later had to be a trip in the moment. Looking at that guy and having everything flash through your mind, where he went on his path and where Steve went on his, as he's standing there looking at him...those moments sometimes feel like the universe is showing you something.

7. Book seemed to lose steam and be heavily edited once we got around to Steve rejoining in 2005. It felt like there was a lot of skipping forward and rushing to wrap it up to keep it under a certain page count.

8. After this, if and when Steve ever crosses paths with Chris again, you'd half expect there will at minimum be words exchanged. I wouldn't be surprised if two guys in the 50s ended up taking a couple of swings at each other, but I'd expect the first one to be thrown by Chris. If Steve and Rich ran into each other and Rich was without Chris, I don't think he'd have the guts to do a fucking thing.

9. If the three of them ever work together again, I'd be speechless and would have to render Gorman officially full of shit.

10. I miss Ed.

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