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Thomas Dolby's 'The Speed Of Sound' is not like most rock memoirs

Thomas Dolby's 'The Speed Of Sound' is not like most rock memoirs

Much as the Parisian bourgeoisie of the late-19th century lived in an era of the novel, we are living in an era of the rock 'n' roll memoir. In the past six months alone we've gotten self-penned accounts by Bruce Springsteen, Robbie Robertson, Johnny Marr, Maurice White, Phil Collins (his sadly titled "Not Dead Yet"), Brian Wilson, John Fogerty, and a host of second-tier protagonists from the 1980s new wave (the drummer from The Cure, the bassist from New Order, etc.). Within our lifetimes there may be nothing left to tell about the glory that was rock, but until then we can look forward to reading—what's left? Two hundred and fifty pages of Joey Fatone's side...

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