Review: Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down by Allan Jones

Title: Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down – Rock ‘n’ Roll War Stories

Author: Allan Jones

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

The Blurb

Allan Jones launched Uncut magazine in 1997 and for 15 years wrote a popular monthly column called Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before, based on his experiences as a music journalist in the 70s and 80s, a gilded time for the music press.

By turns hilarious, cautionary, poignant and powerful, the Stop Me…stories collected here include encounters with some of rock’s most iconic stars, including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Smiths, R.E.M. and Pearl Jam. From backstage brawls and drug blow-outs, to riots, superstar punch-ups, hotel room confessionals and tour bus lunacy, these are stories from the madness of a music scene now long gone.


The Review

There haven’t been many careers that I have wanted: musical theatre performer, rock star, author. Those have mainly been the prevailing ones over my 36 years. In all honesty though all I have ever really wanted to do is have a job that lets me stand at the side of the stage of rock and roll history watching my rock star heroes perform. Basically, I want Allan Jones’s life.

In his book Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down I got to sample what this life was like. He has had some of the most amazing experiences and encountered some of the most exciting artists of modern history. I won’t lie to you, reading this book made me more than a little jealous. However, I have to be happy that I books like Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down exist. I know I probably won’t get the same experiences that Jones has had (I work in a high school) so through his writing I get to live them vicariously through him.

And I guess, for now, for me, that is enough.

Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down – Rock ‘n’ Roll War Stories by Allan Jones is available now.

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