October 28, 2020

2003-01-11 – The Morning Call

2003 01 11 The_Morning_Call_Sat__Jan_11__2003_

Neil ‘l‘oung';

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ABSORBING, PASSIONATE study of
a hard-working Neil Young.

technologies that led to his
acquisition of Lionel Trains.
as well as several devices
enabling communication and
transportation for the handi-
capped. Along with Willie
Nelson, he founded Farm Aid,
the charitable organization
that supports family farmers.
He’s also an active supporter
of other organizations aiding
disabled children and their
families.

McDonough spent more
than a decade researching and
writing this book. Originally. it
was authorized by Young,
who granted him access to
nearly all the leading players
of his life and work. and then
sat for numerous interviews
with the author. But by the
time the book was ready to go,
lawsuits shot back and forth
between author and subject.

When the dust (and suits)
settled, the book was released.
The author shares the copy-
right with Young, who retains
all “ancillary” rights. meaning
that if a movie or play were
made from the book. Shakey
could (and would) veto it.

If you‘re a fan, McDon-
ough's absorbing and passion-
ate study is a must-read. But
it's also a terrific textbook for
professional musicians and
other independent entrepre-
neurs.

Rust never sleeps, indeed!

MINUTIAEABOUT'I'HESTONES,
ANDAWHOSCRAPBOOK

By mo: Christensen
Of The Dallas Morning News

I “Rolling With the
Stones” by Bill Wyman; DK
Publlnhlng. $50, 512 pp.

I “Anyway Anyhow Any-
where: The Complete Chroni-

cle of the Who 1958-1978" by
Andy Neill and Matt Kent;
Friedman/Fairfax, $55.95
Even when it comes to
coffee-table books, the Stones
and The Who are perennial
runners-up to the Beatles, who
set the standard for coffee-ta-
ble rock tomes with “The
Beatles Anthology," a
6‘/2-pound history boasting

‘ new interviews from the then-

three surviving members.

Now comes a pair of enter-
taining but less essential
books about their British coun-
terparts: “Rolling With the
Stones,” by the band’s former
bassist, Bill Wyman. and “Any-
way Anyhow Anywhere” by
rock author Andy Neill and
Who super-fan Matt Kent.

The latter is a decent scrap-
book. complete with letters
penned by Pete Townshend.
tons of newspaper clippings
(featuring every conceivable
Who pun) and artwork galore.
Concert photos dominate the
pages, including glorious shots
of Townshend in mid-leap.
and the poster art is equally.
eye-catching — especially a
1974 concert ad inspired by
pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Yet as hefty as it is. “Any-
way, Anyhow Anywhere" still
seems skimpy. Instead of dig—
ging deep into The Who's
turbulent history, the authors
pad out the text with large-
type listings of every concert
performance the band ever
made.

Like the Who book, “Roll-
ing With the Stones” is
jammed with letters. posters
and photos, including a price-
less shot of Keith Richards
slumped next to an airport
sign that says “Patience
Please: A Drug Free America
Comes First."

But at least Wyman adds
his insider’s view to the visu-
als and refuses to fast-forward
through history.

There's a nice two-page
spread on the band's 1964
sessions at Chicago's Chess
Studios, a six-pagc overview
of the Altamont debacle, and
plenty of behind-the-scenes
looks at the Stones on the
road. Who knew. for example,
that Richards got busted for
drugs while driving through
rural Arkansas en route to the
Stones' ‘75 concert at the Cot-
ton Bowl?

In addition to playing bass.
Wyman served as the Stones’
archivist, keeping detailed
diaries until he quit the band
amicably in 1993. But his iour-
nals. more often than not. are
dreadfully dry.

For large stretches. Wyman
turns “the world's greatest
rock 'n' roll band" into the
world's dullest.