An Encyclopaedia of Myself by Jonathan Meades

By Jonathan Meades

"Nothing wilfully invented. reminiscence invents unbidden.' The Nineteen Fifties weren't gray. In Jonathan Meades's specified, petit-point memoir they're luridly polychromatic. They have been peopled through embittered grotesques, bogus majors, vicious spinsters, reckless bohos, pompous boors, suicides. loss of life went dogging all over the place.

Salisbury, the place he was once stated, had industries: God and the chilly struggle, either one of which supplied a forged of adults for the kid to scrutinise – desiccated God-botherers at the one hand, gung-ho chemical warriors at the different.

The identify is grossly erroneous. This e-book is, particularly, a portrait of a disappeared provincial England, a time and position unpeeled with ugly appreciate.

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I can’t find good conversation in LA,’ he continues. ‘If you live out there you don’t think anywhere else exists. They don’t even know where fucking Europe is. I’ll give you a good example – I was in a club with [drummer] Mikkey Dee and a chick asked where he’s from. ” That’s not to say there aren’t intelligent people out there, but the people we seem to attract aren’t that fucking bright. ’ A feeling endorsed by the experience of the recent US tour which saw Motörhead support Ozzy Osbourne and join the Guns N’ Roses/Metallica package as well as playing their own club dates.

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