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5 out of 5 Stars
The icing on the cake!,17 May 2012
A heart warming story of a lad that went off the rails and grew up to be the person you would like to have living next door. It follows the story of an adopted lad, Julian who loved his music from the punk era, that went on to discover that his real father was no other than the “God of Hell Fire” – Arthur Brown.
It’s written from the heart, and although it might not win the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, it is the basis for a good film – director’s please note?
If you was bought up in the 1970′s and 1980′s, lived thought the punk era and had a passion for the fast life, then you’ll enjoy this “can’t put down” book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Damaged goods but not a damaged person,6 Mar 2012
I grew up in the same village as the author and knew him well as he frequented my dads pub with all of the other characters in the book. I still see him now and despite everything life dealt him he has become one of the nicest, most well balanced people I have met.
This is not a review to kiss Jay’s arse as he has been a very bad man but inside was always a loyal, strong character who would help anyone who asked. I have seen him evolve from the slightly mad and magnetic character into the rounded person he is today.
If you grew up in the 80′s you will find many things in this book to remind you of those times, the music, the lifestyle, the drugs and the friendships. Like all things some last and others fade as if they were never really there.
5.0 out of 5 stars Damaged Goods by Julian Wolfendale – I loved it!, 11 July 2011
This review is from: Damaged Goods (Kindle Edition)
More lyrical and easier to read than Julian’s first book, ‘Yeah Baby!’ which I read and loved several years ago, ‘Damaged Goods’ completes the story that started halfway through in ‘Yeah Baby!’
This story starts during Julian’s childhood and goes right up to the Glastonbury Festival in June 2011.
I found the parts on his adoption and childhood very moving, his adolescence quite tragic and his final escape from the sordid world he’d created triumphant. The fact that he has built himself a happy and successful life in spite of it all and refused to be defined by his early beginnings, should be an inspiration to us all.
I’d recommend this to anyone who grew up in England from the 50′s onwards for the musical and topical references alone. I counted over 300 songs in there and remembered lots of the things he describes from my own youth.
This book appealed to my existentialist ideals, with its acknowledgement of the role choice plays in our lives and my love of language with some beautifully poetic passages. It touched me, made me laugh aloud, reminded me of scenes from my younger days and allowed me to glimpse several parts of life I am fortunate enough not to have experienced directly myself.
I am keen to see what he’ll write next, it will be on my list of books to read!
5.0 out of 5 stars It kept me up half the night!, 12 Oct 2011This review is from: Damaged Goods (Kindle Edition)
This is the first book I’ve read in a while and I wasn’t sure what to expect really. I saw it reviewed in Record Collector magazine and it sounded good so I thought I’d give it a go.
What I found was a story I couldn’t put down and a main character I couldn’t help but like. The pictures of the little boy at the start lured me in gently, to what became a dysfunctional and quite sad life. I so wanted a happy ending for the little chap!
The mid section of the book revolved around the 70′s and 80′s and was laden with drugs, fights and songs. Its fast pace matched my own desire to find out how it all ended and I read well into the night!
There are some great photos of some true music legends, (which can also be seen on Facebook in colour) but above and beyond all the fame, drugs, music and fighting is a real story about a real person and that somehow makes it even more poignant. The fact he’s the son of a rock god is almost by the by, but when he finds this out, so much of his past makes sense.
It’s a testament to the fact that you can change your life at any moment once you find a reason to do so. Well worth a read, I’d highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprising Book!, 26 Sep 2011This review is from: Damaged Goods (Kindle Edition)
Not at all what I expected this book. I heard about it from a friend who is also adopted and bought it out of my own interest in that subject. A tale of adoption though it undoubtedly is, it also is a compendium of popular music, from the 60′s onwards and a graphic illustration of drug culture. Written in the first person, it tells the story of the author’s life with at times painful honesty, as well as humour, from birth up to his forties today. It left me feeling like I had shared his difficult journey to a better place and person. I wish him luck.
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting and emotional read!, 14 July 2011This review is from: Damaged Goods (Kindle Edition)
Review by Record Collector Magazine, July 2011 Edition
Making sense of a crazy world
What Julian Wolfendale commendably doesn’t mention on his book jacket – or, in fact, until page 332 of the book itself – is that he is the son of Arthur Brown. Born in 1964, at which time the future God Of Hellfire was still a student of philosophy at Reading University, Julian was adopted at the age of six months, and didn’t fully discover the identity of his real parents until he was pushing 30.
The story of his amicable reconciliation with his father is a comparatively slender strand in a narrative which candidly retreads the circuitous path of Julian’s life. The early chapters are a dismaying litany of fistfights, petty theft and drugs, with the sole constant being an eagerly annotated backdrop of music as a source of solace and inspiration. Experiencing a punk epiphany, Julian becomes a regular fixture at Statics and UK Decay gigs: but a fleeting sense of belonging does little to halt his rudderless and bedevilled progress. By the time he’s in his 20s and dealing acid and speed, deliverance and a sense of purpose is long overdue, and the reader is practically punching the air as Julian goes straight and embarks upon the long journey back to his fundamental self.
Reviewed by Marco Rossi
A friend of mine recommended this book to me and I must admit I was not disappointed this book was exciting and emotional read, I also loved the music in it, the story was fast and exciting and was very pleased how it all worked out for the author, how he located his father an icon of the 60′s I also greatly enjoyed the pictures I highly recommend this book.
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Not blowing your trumpet but I really liked your books, the 2nd one more. I was thinking this a normal bloke that although you wouldn’t think it, has come through an awful lot and brings home the reality of a life that most people don’t know exists. If I can conjure up half of that with my book I’ll be very proud.
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I found your new book (as was the one before) to be well written, so thank you for writing so truthfully, & if you’d like a one-word quote – “Impeccable”.
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