Apathy for the Devil by Nick Kent
A Seventies Memoir

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It is a testament to Kent's continuing ability as a writer as much as anything else that he has managed to pull off such a delicate balancing act to tell a story of outrageous hubris and bleak nemesis with rare humour, intelligence and style.
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Chronicling Nick Kent’s up-close , personal, often harrowing adventures with the Rolling Stones, Lester Bangs, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols, and Chrissie Hynde, among scores of others, Apathy for the Devil is a picaresque memoir that bears witness to the beautiful and the damned of this turbulent decade.

As a college dropout barely out of his teens, Kent’s first five interviews were with the MC5, Captain Beefheart, the Grateful Dead, the Stooges, and Lou Reed. But after the excitement and freedom of those early years, his story would come to mirror that of the decade itself, as he slipped into excess and ever-worsening heroin use. Apathy for the Devil is a compelling story of inspiration, success, burn out, and rebirth from a classic wordsmith.

 

About Nick Kent

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Nick Kent's legendary music journalism defined the golden days of New Musical Express. He has also written for The Face, Sunday Times, Spin, Guardian, and Mojo. He lives in Paris.
 
Published August 31, 2010 by Da Capo Press. 419 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by David Sinclair on Mar 26 2010

It is a testament to Kent's continuing ability as a writer as much as anything else that he has managed to pull off such a delicate balancing act to tell a story of outrageous hubris and bleak nemesis with rare humour, intelligence and style.

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