Free download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ì Ryan H. WalshE recording my thoughts on this book read on a long train ride several weeks ago I ve been lazy about reviews got accidentally deleted So this will be a real short reviewBasically it was adeuate for what it was but ltimately the people written about are a bunch of sociopathic wankers and I m not altogether interested in their lives I only read this because it s set in Boston where I live and
I ve seen a lot of excited reviews about it The musicians and cult leaders written about are basically losers whove seen a lot of excited reviews about it The musicians and cult leaders written about are basically losers who got famous because they were lucky or disturbingly charismatic not because they had anything substantial to say fight me This book otes Van Morrsion himself in saying something about how all his music
WAS JUST DRUNK RAMBLINGS AND HAD NO MEANING CANNOTjust drunk ramblings and had no meaning Cannot because well page numbers deleted But it happened The writing was fine It was pretty clearly written but I can t say it held my attention I m not sure if that s purely because of the content or whether this was compounded by the writing style I think the fact that it jumped around between various 60s celebrities made it less engaging for me Whatever If this era is your thing have at it I didn t love itEdit I just remembered one thing of note they talk about Mel Lyman and his Fort Hill community cult Fort Hill with its Disney princess worthy Bavarian style castle tower randomly dropped in a park in a neighborhood in Boston near me is actually one of my favourite places in Boston I had no idea the history of the area including the fact that many of the cult members still live on the properties that border the park Definitely something I m going to think about
next time I m there I did not expect it to be so beautifully writtenBackgroundtime I m there I did not expect it to be so beautifully writtenBackground graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in. T Boston 1968On the 50th anniversary of that tumultuous year Walsh's book follows a criss crossing cast of musicians and visionaries artists and hippie entrepreneurs from a young Tufts English professor who walks into a job as a host for TV's wildest show one episode reuired two sets each tuned to a different channel to the mystically inclined owner of radio station WBCN who believed he was the reincarnation of a scientist from Atlantis Most penetratingly powerful of all is Mel Lyman the folk music star who decided he was God then cont. I enjoyed the book but #the title is a misnomer It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture #title is a misnomer It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture in Boston in 1968 It spends a lot time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks and Van Morrison I didn t know that it I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks and Van Morrison I didn t know that it almost entirely a history of Boston a city I know and love in 1968 If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge Massachusetts at some point I d forgotten So what is
there not to love about this book plentyAs other reviewers have noted thisnot to love about this book plentyAs other reviewers have noted this not a book about Astral Weeks and Morrison The first chapter and the final chapter do focus on the man and the album and throughout the book there are episodes featuring Morrison A lot of the book is about Mel Lyman and the Fort Hill Community a bizarre rban commune revolving around Lyman who considered himself God There is a history of the Bosstown Sound psychodelic rock and the various bandsI knew almost none of this history as I didn t move to Boston til the mid 70 s For that reason I found a lot of this history interesting As a fan of Morrison many of the details were interesting and Fortinbras at the Fishhouses unfamiliar But at the end it was not a book that livedp to the promise of the title I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken A Way Youll Never Be up the entire book as could Van Morrison and his time in Boston Trying to mash them together though in time period they really were in sync does them both a disservice Then you throw in everything else that was happening at a Guys my phone s notes that wer. A mind expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968 featuring the famous and forgotten Van Morrison folkie turned cult leader Mel Lyman Timothy Leary James Brown and many Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese In his first book acclaimed rock musician and journalist Ryan H Walshnearths the album's fascinating backstory along with the ntold secrets of the time and place that birthed .
I like many others read this because I thought it waslike many others read this because I thought it was to be about the making of the album Astral Weeks While it is touches on Van preparing to make that album it is really about the Present Pasts underground scene in Boston While that year in San Francisco has been extensively written about this is kind of anntold story and a fascinating one It was not what I was expecting but a great story and a fun read I found this book tterly riveting I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here The best nonfiction books feel like stories and this one did I don t know for whom this book is intended The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison and the lure worked on me However there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in Boston around the same time that Morrison was there There are gangsters a folk music cult happenings psychedelic public #television a bank robbery and lsd i couldn #a bank robbery and
LSD I COULDN HAVE CARED LESSI couldn have cared less any of it and abandoned the book after about 130 pages I received a free copy of this book from the publishe. Rolled the lives of his many followers via acid astrology and an nderground newspaper called AvatarA mesmerizing group of boldface names pops to life in Astral Weeks James Brown ells tensions the night after Martin Luther King is assassinated; the real life crimes of the Boston Strangler come to the movie screen via Tony Curtis; Howard Zinn testifies for Avatar in the courtroom From life changing concerts and chilling crimes to acid experiments and hippie entrepreneurs Astral Weeks is the secret wild history of a niue time and place.
Ryan H. Walsh