Arthur Lee

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Canongate Books, Jan 10, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
Arthur Lee's band, Love, is widely acknowledged as one of most influential groups of the late sixties. Led by Lee through a tempestuous history of dissolutions and resurrections, their psychedelie-folk masterpiece, Forever Changes, regularly appears in polls of the greatest albums of all time. Recent times, however, have not been so kind: in 1996. Lee was disgnosed with Parkinson's disease and also received a twelve-year sentence for threatening his neighbors with a gun. Including interviews with Lee himself and guitarist Bryan Maclean, among many others, this fascinating tale reveals the dark side of the Summer of Love--heroin, crime, and bitter ego battles--while also tracking Lee's musical career through the post Love years to his recent incarceration in a U.S. jail.

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Being the long overdue biography of an underappreciated musician. It's brief, but that's not really a criticism; it's fun to read and one still picks up all manner of fact and interpretation on a cult figure of whom there was much rumor and hints of news over the years. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

After three years as MOJO's US Bureau Chief, Barney Hoskyns returned to London in 1999 and is now Editorial Director of the Rock's Backpages website [www.rocksbackpages.com]. The author of such books as Across the Great Divide: The Band and America (1993), Waiting for the Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes & the Sound Of Los Angeles (1996) and, most importantly, The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods (1999). Hoskyns has written for GQ, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, Spin, the Guardian and the Independent and recently edited The Sound and the Fury: A Rock's Backpages Reader.

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