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Re: Out Now: A Hart Life by Colin Hart


So, I finally had the time to finish the book - and a mostly great read it was, despite the author's obvious shortcomings as a writer (something he's very upfront about).

The bad: as being a life long DP and Rainbow fan is my sole reason for buying this book, I found the stuff about Hart's family a bit intrusive and annoying, but I guess that's just him trying to compensate for all the years being away from them and to show that he cares about them, which is nice. In his position, I would have done the same.

Hart also comes across as the archetypal roadie in the sense that he doesn't seem to be that much of a music fan, which means that there is scant mention of the actual playing, writing and performing in the book.
However, I expected this, and one of the strengths of the book is its honesty - it doesn't pretend to be anything it isn't. In that way, it's also a rather refreshing change from the typical hero-worshipping, over-embellished journo tomes out there.

The good: a great many anecdotes from life on and off the road with both DP and Rainbow, which provides a good deal of insight into the workings of the DP machine and the personalities involved. I had a lot of fun reading this book, and my favorite parts where the the sometimes hilarious scenes of tantrums, machinations, drunken stupors, pettiness and plain silliness, such as Ritchie and Candice trying to look inconspicuous in a German hotel lobby wearing dark glasses, big pointy hats and dark, ankle-length leather coats, Ritchie sneaking into to DP:s area of Pirate Sound to listen to the band rehearse with Tommy Bolin, both crews and bands hanging out at clubs together, the stories involving Ritchie's wigs, the animosities and Ritchie's backfiring control strategy behind the split in 1993, Bruce Payne's diva attitude, Ian Paice's stinginess, the band's great relief with Ritchie gone - as well as the resulting lack of creativity, having the band quickly turning into a well-oiled, efficient but largely uninspiring money making machine, as duly observed by the author, whose increasing misgivings about the band's current direction I assume eventually led to Hart being laid off.

Perhaps the greatest strength of this book is the way that illustrates how the rock'n'roll lifestyle insulates those involved from normal life, preventing them from maturing, which in turn causes all the craziness and immature behavior which is on ample display in this book.

Great fun to read about if you're a fan (or to cover if you're a journalist), but much less fun to deal with if you're an employee or family.

Despite it's shortcomings, I highly recommend this book to all committed DP and RB fans, for its honesty and many rare views into the multifaceted DP family tapestry.

/ H

(One interesting point of discussion is Roger Glover's strange foreword - my guess is that he, as is his wont, is trying to be diplomatic, playing it safe with all parties involved, especially the management, since the book is so openly critical of the band's current "another day at the office" direction.)
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Thank you for the review, Heimdall!

Still haven't but flipped through my copy, though have enjoyed the extra booklet a lot.
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Almost finished it. Got the Deluxe edition, which is a nice package.

It's good fun, and the section from the late 80s to the Satch tour are probably the most illuminating in terms of the feelings within the band.

However, the publishers should be ashamed of the shoddy sub-editing of the book.

Numerous occasions where apostrophes are missing (it happens so often, I actually think whoever approved the copy doesn't know how to use them so takes a 50/50 punt on it) and the word 'quiet' is spelt as 'quite' several times.

Hart and his co-author may not be Billy Shakespeare, but the publishers have done him no favours, and undermined his efforts with a lazy publication.

But still worth a read once you get past the informal style and liberal use of exclamation marks.

Throughout it all there remains an underlying feeling of deep respect for Blackmore, despite his outrageous behaviour and treatment of band mates.

Agree with the post above about Roger's strange forward, which is a fairly abrupt piece that doesn't seem particularly fond of the text he is writing about.

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I think Harts feelings had mellowed over the years towards RB probably helped by the positive reconnection in 2006 and memories of the kindness towards his parents. The book may have had a harsher tone if written in the late nineties....
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Can anyone of you whom have this book help me out with something. I just got a copy and in it are two seperate sections of pictures. Both sections in my copy are identical,the same pictures. I don't understad it at all unless it is a mistake. Are your copys the same?
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I checked, and my copy (deluxe edition) has two photo sections, and they are different to each other, no photos duplicated.
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thanks for the info. I must have a messed up copy. I will try to contact the publisher.
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quote:

kevjoemcg wrote:

thanks for the info. I must have a messed up copy. I will try to contact the publisher.



Cheers. Which edition do you have? I know very little about book printing, and wonder if there are many faulty ones out there.
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It is a first edition hard bound copy
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I finally found the time to read the book (I wanted to enjoy it, not just race through), and am now in the chapter on TBRO period.

I really like this book, has a nice feel to the text (though I Rahul's criticism above is justified).

The most 'shocking' revelation so far is that RB was responsible for (at least) a couple of times his assistant Ian Broad was beat up bad. Horrible stuff really.
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