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Hard To Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes

Da Capo. Sept. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9780306922008. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780306922015. MUSIC
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The Black Crowes exploded onto the rock scene in the early Nineties, surviving various trends and winds of change. Yet with every success came a colossal blunder. Now, fans get the inside story, told by drummer and founding member Gorman, with Hyden (Twilight of the Gods). A raw, intimate portrait of the band vividly unfolds as Gorman recounts his history with the Crowes, from their conception to their final days. While this is a familiar tale in some ways, Gorman sidesteps the usual clichés. The book is a reminder of the band’s wide-ranging talent and great music. But Gorman barely dials back his frustration with the Robinson brothers, which grows tiresome after a while. Ultimately, however, he takes readers on a thrilling musical journey.
VERDICT Gorman has written a brutally honest, deeply personal memoir of the group he helped to create. A must for fans of the Black Crowes and American rock and roll.

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