I have a lot of time to read so I figured why not pass on my reviews on novels, non fiction and travel books and apps. I hope it helps you find something to calm your day like reading does for me.
I love biographies. I love music. I love Aussie Rock and now I love Daniel Johns.
Let the bashing begin, however personally I think Frogstomp might just be the best Australian album ever released. I remember these skinny little Newie kids (and they did look like kids) that thrashed out this gnarly, spitting, truthful and gritty album that you would have lost all your money on, had you places a bet on picking the artists out of a line up. It just didn't seem real that skinny little blonde surfer dude Daniel Johns was that wailing tortured voice that made everyone turn and look.
I have always loved Silverchair so this wasn't a hard choice for me book wise, however I now realised that I hadn't ever fully grasped the progression that Silverchair showed moving through their album releases. While this book does shed a lot of light on all three men, it is a focus on John's and how he morphed from mop haired thrasher to the eclectic musical genius he has showed us he is.
The book documents his journey, warts and all and while it pulls no punches it is a biography in the purest sense of the word. You will find lots of stories but next to no judgement. It presents Johns as himself a teenager from Newcastle through his anorexia fight, his challenges with reactive arthritis, his marriage, divorce and of course through it all his musical endeavors from Silverchair right through to his solo career.
I finished this book feeling like I had some kind of comprehension of the level of pressure that surrounded these kids and finished it feeling strangely proud of how Johns has manifested his life into being supremely effective at being exactly who he is. I also won't deny that I've listened to Frogstomp, Freakshow, Neon Ballroom, Diorama, Young Modern and Johns solo effort Talk pretty much on repeat since I finished this book. Frogstomp has been the forerunner for sure!
I really love reading, however I read to escape mostly & while I did read Che Guevera's diaries (I was in Cuba at the time) most of my reading is lightweight and fast paced.