The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162706   Message #3874461
Posted By: GUEST,matt milton
31-Aug-17 - 07:39 AM
Thread Name: Stephen Calt's biography of Skip James
Subject: RE: Stephen Calf's biography of Skip James
I've read it. Well, I stopped about 3/4 of the way through.

It is a truly bizarre book. The best reason I can give for buying it would be for the parts of the book that are direct quotes from Skip James. They do at least give an insight. And, to be fair, it becomes pretty clear that Skip James is an unpleasant guy: a misogynistic, narcissistic, self-centred and rather lazy man.

But, really, the main reason it's a car-crash of a book is that Calt, having realised he doesn't like his subject, doesn't just... stop writing the book!

What's most weird about the book is Calt doesn't even seem to like Skip James' music?! He's always dismissing it and putting it down. Just seems a bit pointless. If someone could just somehow extract all the direct quotes from Skip James and place them in a book, that would be a much better read.