I've just started reading this. I'm only a few pages in, but, let's just say, I don't hate it. Sean Egan seems to have Ashcroft on a pedestal a little bit more than I'm comfortable with. It reminds me of more than one book I've read about John Lennon: the old "he was special..." , "he always knew he was special..." , "everybody knew he was special..." Bollocks! With either Lennon or Richard Ashcroft, it's so easy to say that in retrospect! Didn't every child regard themselves as something "special" growing up? I know I did. It's so easy to confirm that the child in question was "special" further down the track, when there is a body of work there consisting of popular music... Occasionally, average kids later become good singer/song-writers. On the other hand, lots of enigmatic kids, overflowing with charisma, amount to nothing, and live completely average, normal lives achieving nothing remarkable... As I mentioned above, I've only just started this, but let's not forget: Mad Richard was only one element in a great band. A wicked rhythm-section, and an outstanding guitarist are just as relevant to the history of The Verve. It will piss me off if this book regards this legacy as Ashcroft and a backing-band. I will post again when I've nailed a few chapters. Don't hold your breath.
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