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Friday, 5 October 2012

LINK: Michael Des Barres - The Problem With Rock Bios? It's the Myth That Matters

The proliferation of rock idols confessing their sins and extolling the virtues of redemption, sharing near-death experiences, multiple OD's, addictions, escapades and inevitable sobriety and compassionate efforts with rescue animals, rain forests and baby seals has created a familiar milieu.
There is a definitive trajectory found on the shelves of book stores under "Rock Bios," in between "Rock Climbing" and "Raising Awkward Children."
Mythological and eternal stardom is based on secrets. The great stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood were created and fabricated by a former shoe salesman who now ran a star factory, their personas crafted to appeal to a naive and eager audience desperate for a royal family, a touchstone of glamorous,allegiance.someone to emulate,inhabit and become.
But most of all, it was someone to pay to go see shine on a silver screen.
Read on...
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