Back in late 2012, I was surfing the net as they say and I landed on Bravewords.com. There I noticed a blurb about a book that was coming out called No Sleep Til Sudbury: Adventures In 80s Hard Rock And Metal Deconstruction.
WHUT!?? The article mentioned that the author Brent Jensen had written a book about growing up in Sudbury during the 80s and how hard rock had shaped his growing up as a teen.
Double WHUT!!? I grew up in the 80s(well some would say that’s open for debate today that I grew up at all) and music ruled my life so before I headed to Amazon.ca I knew I was purchasing this book!
No Sleep was quickly ordered and once I received the book I could not put the friggin thing down! I was hooked. I blasted through the novel like a Downtown Hustler looking for change on a Saturday Night! No Sleep was that fantastic of a read! It was a quick reread if you’re keeping score!
Brent wrote No Sleep about himself but the book could have been about me growing up in Thunder Bay! It totally resonated with me on a personal level. Not just the great musical stories but just life stories along the way with various friends of Brent!
Having said that I did not have a friend who tried to outrun Fire! Haha! (The dude lost!) The book was more than music it was a way of 80s life!
I was blown away! This was the book I’ve been waiting for! Sure Chuck Klosterman wrote Fargo Rock City which is a great read as well but Brent’s book spoke to me!
So I went on Brent’s website and dropped him an email and told him what a fantastic read and excellent job he did on the book. Brent wrote back and said he appreciated the positive comments that I put forward. I was kinda relieved Brent returned correspondence as when he read my email for the first time I probably babbled on like some kind of Fruit Loop!
From there I would occasionally ask Brent “when’s the next book coming?” Yeah, Stalker comes to mind but I wanted another fix. I needed more books dude!
In early 2015 I secured a copy of Brent’s second book release that he titled Leftover People. Instead of me recapping the story you can read my blog about it from a little over a year ago. Click here….https://superdekes.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/rock-101-leftover-people-by-brent-jensen/
So there Ya be! I stayed in touch with Brent to keep me posted about when his third book was coming! Also in the meantime, I would pick his brain on life, music, concerts, albums etc!
April 1st, 2016 and Mr. Jensen has released All My Favourite People Are Broken. If you have noticed from my other book reviews I don’t like to give out too much info as I want you the reader to check this stuff out but I will go on record here and state “Brent! You have hit another one(this book) out of the park!”
All My Favourite People Are Broken details Brent hooking up with his long time friend Garvey out in Western Canada with as they say tunes, beers, and various party treats and set their iPods on play and talk about whatever songs come up! No artist is left behind. Nothing was preplanned!
Brent and Garvey dissect each song on what made it good/bad. Sure they talk about Hard Rock/Metal (Garvey’s description of Tawny Kitaen and her involvement in the Whitesnake video is a hoot! Well said, Sir!) Other genres of music are discussed as well. Pop,Rap, Country, Alt Rock! Alison Moyet anyone? Al Green? Go-Gos? Guns N Roses are talked about and as crazy as it sounds and I’m not saying who said it in the book but on page 75 the comment of “I would like to hear Axl Rose sing some AC/DC before I die ” is stated!
Triple WHUT!!! Ha! Someone became a prophet at that Cabin Lodge that weekend especially since it’s being reported that Axl is going to be fronting AC/DC for 10 shows at some point this year.
Brent writes with a style and flair of his own and he knows how to keep the reader engaged with one eye on keeping the book moving forward in a quick fashion while adding some comedic like stories so as a reader you don’t get bored! Case in point Chapter 13 titled LA LA! Did someone say Party Treats?
There are a lot of Music Lovers out there and we all have talked music. Brent took it a step further documented it and wrote a Fantastic Book about it.
This is my third Jensen Book I have devoured and I will tell ya they are three books you should all take the time to seek out and purchase!