If like me you are a fan of music bios then 'Stairway to Nowhere' is a must. All the usual suspects are in this two year history of three wannabee popsters' rise from rags to rags. There's sex drugs and rock and roll aplenty. Name dropping abounds and the gigs that range from armpit venues to large halls on both sides of the Atlantic is familiar territory.
Where this little gem of a book really shines is in the use of dialogue and story telling. The much used device of the list (first we did this, then we went there, afterwards we had....) employed by so many publications of this genre is enlivened with hilarious banter.
Make no mistake, songwriter / guitarist Luke James is a muso who can actually write. From the first gig where the equipment is a pocket full of guitar leads; no back line, no groupies just a fist fight and back home on public transport to air conditioned limos and dressing room high jinks with the stars. It's rammed with energy, humour and even pathos in the closing chapter when the band starts to fall apart.
This is no ghost written, paper over the cracks, fan club special but a nuts and bolts confessional of the life and death of a working band. Don't miss it.
-Ernie Hudson (www.lulu.com)
Causes Luke James Supports
Doctors Without Borders