In an effort to justify my failed attempts at pitchingÂ a review of this book to every single magazine inÂ which I have a relationship, you now have this post to read. Get the book.
Enter Naomi: SST, L.A., and All Thatâ€¦..
Redoubt Press P.O. Box 276 Centennial, WYOM. 82055 (redoubtpress.com)
I will preface this review by stating that Carducciâ€™s sorta-infamous Rock and the Pop Narcotic is the only lengthy piece of rock writing, and only non-fiction book, that Iâ€™ve read three times. I donâ€™t agree 100% with RPN, but it still delivers personal inspiration, and has been a big influence on my writing. It was a book that awarded the proper amount of intellectualization (some say too much, but I disagree) and heart to metal and hard rock during a time (1990) when these forms were weathering an especially unfair phase of disinterest. If you havenâ€™t read it, do so. You cannot borrow my copy.Â The bookÂ hasÂ gone through three printings. Rollins did a printing for his house in the mid-90â€™s, and RedoubtÂ released the most recent version. Get it!!
There are Carducci works between Rock and the Popâ€¦. and his brand new Enter Naomi: SST, L.A. and All That (Get your rundown here: www.joecarducci.com). Even so, this one will be endlessly compared to his previous epic. They are different animals. Instead of a highly-enjoyable, dense monster, Enter Naomi is an equally enjoyable, rather straightforward bio of three distinct subjects: Deceased photographer Naomi Peterson (she was essentially SSTâ€™s inhouse photog), SST Records, and the underground L.A. music scene from about 1975 upÂ until around â€˜86Â (when Carducci moved away).
Itâ€™s sad book. It will hopefully encourage all of us to be better to our livers. Enter Naomi also proves that the â€œoutsiderâ€ of, say, 1981, underwent extinction long ago. Regardless of shady business dealings and an intimidating anti-social personality, the cloth Greg Ginn was cut from is nowhere to be found in the â€œundergroundâ€ of 2007, if one can even find the underground in 2007.
IÂ finished Enter NaomiÂ in three while trying to readÂ three other books. I spent long stretches staring at the photos.
Carducci deserves exposure and some book sales. In the face of publishing industry indifference andÂ publicâ€™s (and publishing industryâ€™s)Â poor taste in musicÂ books, Joe has toiled along.
Thatâ€™s it. And that was a very loose interpretation of a â€œbook review.â€ Â