Dave Thompson has written this biography of Roger Waters. He is an experienced author who has written over a hundred books. «Pop Matters,» says; «Waters is a massively complex man. It takes a very complex writer to capture this much and to shine a light on what we admire and dislike about this musical genius. Thompson here proves that he is the right man for the job.» Well, I couldn’t agree more! The book provides a comprehensive picture of Roger Waters and all the events that have led him to what he is today. It is is very well written, and easy to understand, even for a foreigner! Of course, a lot of names and more or less well-known musicians makes it challenging to keep people and events apart. It is a book you have to read more than once! But, that’s the beauty of it. I love books you can read repeatedly!
The authors, Weird and Gilly (characters from the David Bowie album, Ziggy Stardust), have written a book about guitar legend Mick Ronson, and they have done a tremendous job! For those who don’t know who Mick Ronson was, this may not be a book for you. Others, like me, will probably find the book overwhelming with all its details and stories. Michael Ronson was born in Kingston upon Hull in 1946. Weird & Gilly has interviewed a lot of his relatives, classmates and others that stood him near. I’m usually a quick reader, but in this case, it took me weeks to complete it. I didn’t know that much! I bought some of Mick Ronson’s solo projects, and of course, I bought the remastered version of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (I had them all on vinyl, but my son have got all my records and stereo system). The book is very well written, and all the stories have given me a new perspective on both Mick Ronson and the whole environment around David Bowie. As a supplement to the book, it is well worth downloading the video Beside Bowie. It’s easy to find online, and it’s free to download. At least the copy I found.
Technical facts: Published by Music Press Bookswww.johnblakebooks.com The book even contains a couple of pages with pictures, which is a bit unusual for a paperback. The number of pages is 378 plus the cover.
Finally, I only saw Mick Ronson on stage once. It was with Mott the Hoople at a club in Bergen. The concert was fantastic and it was an experience to watch Mick Ronson’s way of playing. Mick later returned to Bergen, where he was to produce a record for Secret Mission, a well-known Norwegian band. One night I happened to meet him at a pub in town. He stood right next to me and greeted very politely. I wanted to tell him that he was the world’s best guitarist, but I figured it was something he had heard far too many times. Instead, we had a conversation about very ordinary things.
«KILL your darlings» is a well-known expression in the writing community all though I believe it was first used in the advertising industry. Well, I have done a lot of killing lately … My first site, bandana.no is history. CheapChip Publishing, cheapchip.no has gone the same way. My firm has changed its name to CRYCROWD GRAPHICS. I think that is right ‘cause I already have started doing more things than making books.
Some of you has seen my pre-made ebook covers, based on free pictures mainly sourced from Pixabay. I have started making covers from my own pictures, but I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had the time to make enough of them yet.
I show you two of my own covers here, but it will take some time before they are ready to be sold on crycrowd.com
Norwegian law requires that I change the front page of my books and at the same time get new ISBNs. I will also have to change the Copyright Notice on each of the pics in both my books …
Luckily, I have never been afraid of working.
I already working on my cookbook (only in Norwegian). It’s a huge project and it will probably take over a year to finish. At the same time, I try to write on something that seems to become a crime novel.
My biggest drawback is that I don’t like the summer. I work best in the fall and early spring. Then it is dark and it stimulates the imagination …
Added September 13 2019 I closed down my premade eBook covers service today. Too much work and too few who responded. I have a lot to do but are still open for custom made covers. Send me a mail if you are interested. Meanwhile, I concentrate on my cookbook and my novel …