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Saint Dominic's Update

I don't want to give the impression that I am obsessively searching the internet for validation, but...

There are now three 5-star reviews on Amazon UK (thanks folks!) and it's also nice to see the following brief review on the Tower Records site:

5 out of 5 stars A Wow of a Book, December 21, 2012

By Dean Dee

Read it. A brilliant little tome that reads like good fiction, when it is in fact unvarnished reality. Morrison is enigmatic, and brilliant.

On the other hand, another reader was less than impressed:

New Van Morrison book - St. Dominic Flashback

About, as you may surmise, St. Dominic's Preview. Regretfully, the author's reach exceeds his grasp, and the interviews he did with the participating musicians are missed opportunities. Two revelations in 120 some pages 1. "Jackie Wilson Said" was pretty much one take (Van actually stopped the second take when it began). 2. "Listen To The Lion" was actually from the Tupelo Honey Sessions, and apparently there's a second, somewhat different take (wouldn't that have been a great bonus track if that album ever been reissued a few years back as originally scheduled). Great album, disappointing book....

Oh well, no publicity is bad publicity, I guess...

Kindle sales are now well into three figures, but I won't get any stats on the paperback till April.

Onward and upward...

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Reader Comments (5)

I found this a most compelling and entertaining read about one of the best VM albums of all time. Well worth the read for any Van fan.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Seltzer

Don't give up the day job. Oh you already have! LOL Iin the text way not the cameron way..)
Am a third the way through my Xmas purchase of StDP, and should finish soon as i have also given up the day job. I should really think of going into print like you & Z, perhaps "Lonely Ted" the Opera.
Good work Head Boy

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDD

Many thanks to Michael and, indeed, to Deputy Doug (that name seems to ring bells...). I'm looking forward to Lonely Ted...

January 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterPete

Congratulations on your runaway '3-figure best-seller', Pete! It's now residing comfortably on my Kindle app, and ready to be explored by each of our family members.

I must say, I enjoyed reading the "Look Inside" that Amazon offers, so it's well done for being accessible to an avowed and narrow-minded classical music only lover.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Jordan-Mills

Thanks, Ann - I hope you like the rest of it!

January 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterPete

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