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  1. I very rarely read biographies, but was looking for a bit of light reading and this fit the bill. Jools Holland seems to have had a very colourful life from his early days on. Plenty of amusing anecdotes and larger than life characters, as you would expect; from neighbours and family members in the south east London of Holland's childhood, through drunken teenage antics with his Squeeze bandmates and later (ho ho!) encounters with musical legends. The very short chapters make it an easy book to dip in and out of, and Holland's voice comes through loud and clear while you read. He comes across as a very likable fellow with as wide-ranging taste in music as Later... would suggest. There's no dirt dished, or kiss-and-tell incidents; even his divorce is presented as being amicable, despite less than ideal circumstances. If he made enemies along the way, he is far too gentlemanly to mention them. An enjoyable and fluffy read, I only had a couple of minor complaints. Firstly, the erratic spelling of two rather major players' names; Andrea and Geoffrey Wonfor- variously spelled "Wonfor" (correctly) and "Wonfer" randomly throughout the book, which distracted me no end! I also found that the narrative lost out to name-dropping on occasion (and I can't really blame him, they are pretty impressive names!), and towards the latter stages of the book my eyes glazed over at some of the lists of names of musicians who joined Jools' band. I'd recommend it to music-lovers, but it's not essential reading.
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