By Nick Kent
Chronicling Nick Kent’s up-close , own, usually harrowing adventures with the Rolling Stones, Lester Bangs, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, the intercourse Pistols, and Chrissie Hynde, between rankings of others, Apathy for the Devil is a picaresque memoir that bears witness to the attractive and the damned of this turbulent decade.
As a faculty dropout slightly out of his adolescents, Kent’s first 5 interviews have been with the MC5, Captain Beefheart, the thankful useless, the Stooges, and Lou Reed. yet after the buzz and freedom of these early years, his tale could come to reflect that of the last decade itself, as he slipped into extra and ever-worsening heroin use. Apathy for the Devil is a compelling tale of suggestion, good fortune, burn out, and rebirth from a vintage wordsmith.
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Extra resources for Apathy for the Devil: A Seventies Memoir
While in some countries women's feminist awareness preceded nationalist consciousness, 9 nationalism often gave impetus to the movement for women's emancipation, as did the work of some writers connected with the Islamic reform movement. 10 Although Afaf does not address these developments explicitly, the implications of these sweeping social changes are evident throughout her memoir, often through seemingly minor narrative details. For instance, she recounts a childhood memory of going out with her parents for a drive and noticing her mother looking "carefree and pretty without her veil and topcoat" her father had insisted that his wife remove her veil and topcoat as soon as they leave the carriage (p.
Afaf's struggles for personal autonomy within her marriage were played out within an increasingly troubled political situation. She arrived in Haifa, Palestine, in 1935the year before the General Strike paralyzed the country. Her narrative provides a rarely voiced woman's Page xxi perspective on Palestinian life during the crucial years leading up to the creation of the state of Israel. The increase in immigration after the Balfour Declaration of 1917 had resulted in the creation, under British protection, of a largely European settler population committed to the goal of creating a Jewish state.
24 In the spring of 1976 Syria intervened militarily on a large scale. This Syrian intervention initiated the "Arabization" of the war, as other Arab countries sent forces to Lebanon. At the same time, an "unacknowledged, American-inspired working alliance of Syria, the Maronite right, and Israel" emerged. 25 By the end of the 1975-1976 phase of the war, between 25,000 and 40,000 Lebanese and Palestinians had been killed, and 60,000 people had been wounded. Most victims were under 20 years old.