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Aug. 27th, 2013

Any Rough Times Are Now Behind You: Selected Poems and Writings: 1979-1995Any Rough Times Are Now Behind You: Selected Poems and Writings: 1979-1995 by Dave Alvin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


As a fan of Dave Alvin's music, I was curious to read this book of his poetry and writings, but I was concerned it would simply read like song lyrics. I needn't have worried. These poems and stories touch on a lot of the themes found in his songs - difficult relationships, the collision of cultures in California, traveling, love gone bad, loneliness, his love of music, and his longing for things not to change - but he does have a strong poetic voice and a strong sense for the written word. It reminded me a lot of Bukowski and the Beats, whom he mentions and endorses throughout. Highly recommended; essential for fans of Alvin's music.



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