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Mr Tambourine Man : keeping time with the Brian Jonestown Massacre

ISBN: 9781399618298
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co.
Origin: GB
Release Date: February, 2024

Book Details

The Brian Jonestown Massacre are one of the great contemporary cult American rock and roll bands. At the peak of their anarchic reign in the San Francisco underground of the late ’90s their psychedelic output was almost as prodigious and impressive as their narcotic intake. Immortalised in one of the most unforgettable rock and roll documentaries of all time, DIG! alongside their friends/rivals/nemeses, The Dandy Warhol’s, in their early years when the US were obsessed with grunge, the BJM felt like a ’60s anachronism. But with albums like Their Satanic Majesties Second Request and Thank God for Mental Illness, and incendiary, often chaotic, live shows, they burnished their legend as true believers and custodians of the original west coast flame; a privilege and responsibility which continues to this day when the band have a bigger and more dedicated audience than ever. Joel Gion’s memoir tells the story of the first ten years of the band from the Duke Seat. A righteous account of the hazards and pleasures of life on and off the road, Mr Tambourine Man takes use behind the scenes of the supposed behind the scenes film that cemented the band’s legend. Funny as hell, shot through with the innocence and wonder of a ‘percussionist’ whose true role is that of the band’s ‘spirit animal’, Mr Tambourine Man is destined to take its place alongside minor cult classics in the pantheon of rock and roll literature like Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands, Head On, and 45 by Bill Drummond.