Monday, July 09, 2007

A New Feature

I added a new feature to my blog a couple of weeks ago: The Quote of the Week.

While Adam was in baseball camp a couple of weeks ago, I had a couple of hours to kill each day, so one of those days I went to the Borders at Lincoln Village Mall and shopped. I bought a couple of things: one of them was "The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said," compiled by Robert Byrne, which they had on sale for about six bucks (they had a few copies if anyone lives by there). If I only use ten percent of the quotes, I've got 250 weeks-- about five years-- of quotes.

I also indulged myself a little, and did something I rarely do: bought a new-release, hardcover book. It was "Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer," by Chris Salewicz.

There have been a couple of books written about the Clash (or at least books I've read): "Last Gang In Town", by Marcus Gray, and "Riot of Our Own" by Johnny Green. Each book had it's strengths and weaknesses. Marcus Gray's book is more detailed, but misses a key point-- that the Clash-- and Joe Strummer, specifically-- were important artistically and politically worldwide. This was more important than the fact that they were no longer his cool little local band. Johnny Green's book got that point, but is pretty breezy and light. Thumbing through Salewicz' book, it seems like he's got the pros without the cons. I'll review it when I'm done.


Beth said...

Looking forward to the Redemption Song review!

GETkristiLOVE said...

How many times is Grant Miller quoted in that book?

That's what I thought. He doesn't read your blog, does he?

Johnny Yen said...


Not enough, if you ask me!