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Jimmy who?

Advantages: A look inside the head of a personal hero
Disadvantages: It's just a bit dull

Who Hell He? First things first because if you're not American then I know you'll be asking, "Who's Jimmy Buffett?" The simple answer is - he's an American National Treasure. It's difficult for us here in Britain to understand just how famous this ...

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Review of A Pirate Looks at Fifty - Jimmy Buffett

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The way it was in the 1970s

Advantages: Enjoyable look at memories of the decade
Disadvantages: A few jarring typos

The 1970s. The decade that taste forgot, we are sometimes told. It was an era in which Labour and Conservative governments in Britain grappled with an ever recurring balance of payments crisis, powercuts, states of emergency, the IRA and numerous other ...

JOHNV 02.03.2012 · Read full review
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Review of A 1970s Childhood: From Glam Rock to Happy Days - Derek Tait

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Rock Till You Drop

Advantages: Readable, engaging protagonists, honest and funny
Disadvantages: None really except it's only the perspective of two people

In 2008 a documentary was released which told the story of Canadian heavy rock band Anvil. I watched the film a couple of years ago and enjoyed it – thoroughly understanding why the critics loved it – but no film can ever tell the whole story so when I ...

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Review of Anvil - Steve Kudlow

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The controversial first lady of song

Advantages: Enthralling biography of a 20th century legend
Disadvantages: A little rushed near the end [see review]

Two quotes on the back of the dust jacket of his book testify to the power and public perception of Eartha Kitt during her lifetime. Orson Welles once called her ‘the most exciting woman in the world’, while to the CIA she was ‘a sadistic nymphomaniac’. ...

JOHNV 31.10.2013 · Read full review
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Review of America's Mistress Eartha Kitt, Her Life and Times - John L. Williams

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The butler didn't do it

Advantages: Entertaining, Informative
Disadvantages: Possibly a one sided account

If the truth be told I only picked up ‘A Royal Duty’ because it was cheep. I had no particular interest in Paul Burrell, I was looking for an easy holiday read, although I did think he was innocent of the criminal charges levied against him wi ...

Looby5 16.07.2004 · Read full review
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Review of A Royal Duty - Paul Burrel

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