Category Archives: Books

Bruce Dickinson, What Does This Button Do? Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The insatiable desire to learn, experiment and not stand still, that is the first thought that might run through the mind when reading Bruce Dickinson’s What Does This Button Do? Yet despite all the glory, the incredible dexterity in which he has juggled the almost impossible, lead singer and unmistakeable voice of Iron Maiden, half a dozen solo albums, writer, maker of film, swashbuckling blade for Great Britain, airline pilot and for all we know would make a finer example of Prime Minister than many of the incumbents to hold office. What comes across is the realisation that at times this is a man who has actually lived; he has not taken a single day for granted and that in itself is more powerful, more genuine, than many autobiographies that seek to address a perspective of a life in the limelight.

Spencer Leigh, Elvis Presley: Caught In A Trap. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Forty years on from his untimely passing, the name Elvis still sells, although perhaps to a younger generation, those to whom the world is moving rapidly away from such sentiment to entertainers who died before their time, the urge to go to Memphis, Tennessee, is not a high priority in life, to sample Nashville, unless they have a musical ear, not a place to go when so many exotic places still remain undiscovered.

Tom Holt, The Management Style Of The Supreme Beings. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

In days such as these when British politics is doing its level best to provide its own particular brand of satire and absurd-ism, laughter, a look into the eyes of the strangely bizarre and reasonably silly is all the more important; for all what life throws at us, we have to have the ability to look the script provided by the cosmic joker and laugh.

James Paterson, Cross The Line. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * *

A hero can become tiresome, their continued exploits a cause for concern as the writer makes their lives more fantastic, more appealing and even if they take the most severe of beatings in the pursuit of their chosen profession, they somehow come up smelling not just of a single rose, but a whole field of red blooms.

The point sometimes is missed that a hero needs to be fallible, they need to have a weakness and whilst Alex Cross’ love for his family is undoubtedly one, it means that he has no place to go but always on the side of the angels, the go to safety net that means that he must never Cross The Line.

B.B. Taylor, Murphy And The Monsters. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

What is under the bed, who really hides away with their fur showing and a pair of eyes looking out from in between the crack in the closet and what really lives in the fertile imagination of a child; monsters are real, parent’s reactions to them are unfeigned and yet for one small boy, monsters are the finest things in the world; they also deserve love and respect.

B.B. Taylor’s Murphy and The Monsters is an explosion of colour and deep thought all wrapped up in a wonderful children’s tale; a tale in which the monsters are there to be loved.

Ian Cawley, Gnosis. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

How much of the world is actually real, how much of it is just a by-product of our own consumption and greed? The problem lays with our own perception of what is good for ourselves rather than what is beneficial for the planet. Over commercialised, de-sensitised to the true scale of the issues that are laid out in stark reality before us, Earth is choking, suffocating and throwing up so much bile and yet people are more concerned about profit, the year on year increase of the bottom line and making a fortune out of the world’s misery; it is something to really get angry about, however those that do are still in the minority.

Sally-Anne Tapia Bowes, Her Father. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Crime and its hopeful punishment, the restoration of justice in a world that at times barely even sees the word as anything but a triviality, of open ended reasoning and deduction; sometimes the world is just too blind to see how truth gets in the way of the facts and that neglect of a single person can not only lead them to feeling invisible but also on the fringes of society enough where their actions have no thought of possible reprisals.

Nathan O’Hagan, The World Is [Not] A Cold Dead Place. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Humanity has never been so well connected, so informed of what is going on in the world or the possibilities within it and yet day by day, each passing moment on the clock, someone finds anger, resentment, the reason to start pulling away from society and withdrawing into a world which is safer, clean and with less chance of finding their thoughts tipping over the edge. It is arguably an issue that stems from having to deal with the perceived lacking of understanding, the social anxiety, the modern day disease that comes with no cure, the malaise of knowing that world is as heavily and royally screwed as you imagine.

Spencer Leigh, Simon & Garfunkel: Together Alone. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

When you read any book on music or the arts you want it written with authority, painstakingly so, it needs to have at some point the feeling of the last word expertly laid down on the pages and no matter whose book you read on the subject, be it even the artist’s, you want that feeling of completion to there in your hands at that precise moment.

Ged Thompson, Middle Earth Magic. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The ability of being able to believe, to have faith in something that might only exist in the fertile minds of children; is to hold onto life. Not a so called life where bills and the banality of day to day existence are allowed to punch you in the stomach, where they are allowed to chew away the imagination a little piece at a time, but the life in which faeries, goblins and the chance to live as a dragon should you wish; that is true belief and it is one so beautifully captured by Liverpool poet Ged Thompson in his incredibly presented book Middle Earth Magic.