The razor-witted fiction debut of one of the best music writers on either side of the Atlantic, Too Weird for Ziggy is a collection of stories all set in the world of crass A&R men, fans mired in hero worship, and music stars perpetually on the verge of ego tantrum or outright crackup. From a Karen Carpenter cult to a rock 'n' roll seance; from a band of cock-rockers wThe razor-witted fiction debut of one of the best music writers on either side of the Atlantic, Too Weird for Ziggy is a collection of stories all set in the world of crass A&R men, fans mired in hero worship, and music stars perpetually on the verge of ego tantrum or outright crackup. From a Karen Carpenter cult to a rock 'n' roll seance; from a band of cock-rockers whose starmaking tour goes off the rails when their lead singer starts to grow breasts, to an obsessed fan on a mission from God to marry a woman-battering heavy-metal drummer, these stories are like sitting beside an expert commentator in the front row at the celebrity circus....
|Title||:||Too Weird For Ziggy|
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Too Weird For Ziggy Reviews
The only thing weirder than a rock and roll lifestyle is perhaps a book about it. As if this lifestyle isn't perverse and stupid enough this book seems to celebrate the most bizarre stories of them all. The somewhat interrelated stories are testaments for the pedophile, the misogynist and the ignorant. But, of course, it is a tad fascinating and aren't we all just a little more than curious about the lives of our entertainment "gods"?Sylvia's writing is clear and concise thanks to her years as a British rock journalist. Her cast of characters and all unsympathetic ass holes so it's kind of hard to get through your disgust level to even find the prose but when you do you find it exact and polished.This is not a book I would recommend to many people, very few in fact, and you can thank me for weeding it out for you. Thankfully it was a quick and easy read and did not use up much of my time.
'Razor witted' is putting it a bit strong. This is a collection of short stories set in the world of rock celebrity or rock journalism. The former work best. They are linked by a number of recurring characters, with obvious parallels in the real world. Sometimes the stories take different views of the same event, or are set in the background of a previous story. Some of these stories are very good, especially those which simply observe events and move on. The latter half, the rock journalist stories, are much less successful, simply because they are more cliched.
review originally written in 2005Well I opened the Holiday reading by reading Syvie Simmons novel "Too Weird For Ziggy" from cover to cover before we arrived in LA. Yes it was that easy to get through its 266 pages that are a fictional account of her life as a music Journalist covering the LA/London rock and metal scenes, so it's a series of interconnected stories about bands and what sends them mad or gets them off, in places almost Spinal Tappish walk through some of the weirder things she saw.Good fun reading and a good prep for LA.
So-so group of connected stories about slightly fictionalized real rock stars written by a rock journalist. Half the fun here is trying to guess the inspiration behind the stories (one character was a combination of Debbie Harry and Courtney Love; another Brian Wilson and Michael Jackson). But the template was outlandish stories with "Twilight Zone" endings and that grew tiresome.
Enjoyed reading this, but overall the stories are unremarkable and very open-ended
Bizarre yet strangely realistic appraisal of the music industry through a series of intertwining short stories. Well-written and an entertaining take on the absurdities of the music business.
if you love aging rock n rollers....well, just read it.