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Van Morrison: No Surrender [Hardcover]

By Johnny Rogan (Author)
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Pages   640
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 1.89"
Weight:   2.12 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 31, 2005
Publisher   Secker & Warburg
ISBN  0436205661  
EAN  9780436205668  

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In Van Morrison: No Surrender, Johnny Rogan has produced a provocative and revelatory biography of the musician, analysing the sense of place in his work and the tortuous journey that took him from local fame in Belfast to international success. Set against the cultural and political backdrop of Belfast, before, during and after the Troubles, No Surrender offers a unique and penetrating perspective on Morrison's long career and the times that made him.

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Van's a lousy human being  Jan 3, 2008
The book is very well researched as the author seems to have interviewed everyone who ever even nodded at Van Morrison as they walked down a Belfast street. What's nice is that all those he interviewed have something in common--they all hate Van! Everybody in the book hates Van in fact. I'm pretty sure even Van hates Van. And there is a very good reason for all this hatred--Van the Man is a despicable human being. I read the book, and it's not a short one, and the man hasn't got a redeeming quality. He hates everybody and everything, but he especially hates the thing that has made him millions and millions of dollars, and that is of course, the record business.

I was confused by the title when I ordered the book and I have to say it gets a little annoying because the author keeps trying to bring the whole protestant connection in. It appears 'No Surrender', is a protestant rally cry and the author keeps banging his head against a wall painting Van as an angry protestant when it's quite clear that Morrison has absolutely no allegiance to religion, or anything else that isn't Van Morrison.

Normally this would be a two star affair, but I'll chuck the author an extra star just for the pain-staking research and for having to listen to so many people trash the subject of his book.

Van, have I told you lately that I hate you, and so does everybody else.
" a fanatical searcher after muck"   Apr 20, 2007
A lot of research but the ultimate goal seems to be character assassination, and a totally spurious association with Ian Paisley ( I suppose that helps book sales to the prurient public). Van has been exemplary in avoiding getting embroiled in the Troubles and this seems to be a belated effort to drag him into the mire.

The author's judgement of Van's output seems equally flawed - Warm Love is dismissed whereas some of the more turgid later stuff is praised. There is also far too much repetition.

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Disappointed Van Fan!  Mar 8, 2006
Ok, this is definitely a bias opinion from a Van fan. I love Van's music and tried to find a good biography. Since this was a recently new book that came out and it had 400+ pages of details I just assumed that I would be equally interested as any fan would. Rogan's vocabulary is quite nicely written for anyone who can appreciate literature however I found it to be a difficult read. And I do read a good amount of books. Unfortunately the book has way more detail about what was going on at the time than Van himself. It seems like Rogan likes to set the scene but ends up going on tangents that feel like you wasted your time and hard earned money. Unfortunately I didn't get past the first few chapters as the details got too unbearably dull for me.
A must for fans  Nov 9, 2005
This is by no means a profound biography, and its focus is clearly the man, not the music. I found it very entertaining, though, taken with a grain of salt, and can't imagine that the detail about the pop music business and Ireland in the 60s and 70s wouldn't be of interest to a fan. The book goes into great detail about Van's boorish, antisocial behaviour and his hilarious tendency to think he's the next W.B. Yeats. If you
see Van as a hero, this is going to hurt your feelings. If you can take this is stride I don't see why it should spoil your admiration for his music. Lots of interesting detail about a flawed, but fascinating musician.
Van and Ian Paisly are similar?  Oct 6, 2005
I'm in the US, and have not kept up with the various Van scandals that seem to have made the news in the last 15 years. Johnny Rogan certainly has, and seems to like to repeat media gossip. He also has much to say about Northern Ireland during the period when Van was far away and ignoring the politics as far as I can tell. Rogan really wants to connect Van and Ian Paisly, mostly because they lived in more or less the same area in the 60s. I don't really see the point in this, and can't follow Rogan's reasoning.
Rogan has made effort to reveal more of the 60s and 70s music business scene that is typically seen in music bios, and I appreciate that. However, he does not discuss the music, its influences and techniques as I would like, and Rogan and I seem to have very different musical tastes. I bought this book because I read a lot of Van biographies, but I recommend this only for the fanatic, or someone willing to spend money on a book you will throw down in annoyance many times.

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