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New Left Review I/11, September-October 1961

Ray Gosling

Ordinary Kids

you see him on TV. You see him at a one night stand. You buy the records. You play him on the juke box. You buy the fan mags.; have dozens of pics. You like his kind of music; the way he gets a number across. You admire the way he’s got to the top. And then comes this book: a complete book about this kid, the frankest close up, the secret life, the truth, candid self-portrait. Now let’s face it, a book is something different. Stiff covers count. A book gets into the National Bibliography. We expect so much more either about his real life, or his work, or how he got established. We expect a lot from a book.

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