Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Book Review: The Strange Case of Dr Terry and Mr Chimes - Terry Chimes

SynopsisThe Strange Case of Dr. Terry and Mr. Chimes is an autobiography with a difference. This entertaining book covers the life of a man who made a successful transition from the original drummer of The Clash (he left the band in 1977 only to be asked back in 1982) and a succession of punk and heavy metal rock bands (Generation X, Hanoi Rocks and Black Sabbath) to a highly successful chiropractor offering kind words of wisdom and compassion to those in need. 

Told with humour and empathy, we learn about Terry’s childhood, about how he got into the world of rock and roll and about the early years of The Clash. Terry tells of why he left the band in the first place and the spiritual insights that have guided his life. The book includes a wealth of true stories ranging from wild antics on the road with a touring rock band to the challenges of carving out an entirely new career. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - What an interesting and thoroughly entertaining book.  I remember The Clash although I didn't have their records until much later when my son bought the CD London Calling.  I loaded it on my iPod for a brief period neither loving or loathing it.  I wasn't a huge punk fan although I did listen to some of the bands including The Sex Pistols and The Jam back in the day.

I didn't really follow The Clash, of course I knew Joe Strummer was the singer but that was about it.  I was fascinated reading all about Terry Chimes life as the drummer with both this and other bands.  He is quite correct in his facts about drummers dying young or before their time.  There was a spate of them around the time of The Who's Keith Moon's death.  I guess Terry made the right move leaving that life behind to focus on a new career.

He is obviously a very charismatic and highly energised man with a fantastic, positive outlook on life which probably accounts for his success.  In the book we see that he laughs about his mistakes and faux pas and moves on, without dwelling on them which many of us do.  Terry Chimes was fortunate in that he seemed to have a clear idea of what he wanted out of life from a young age, not many of us have our career paths set out before us.

I find the autobiography very inspiring.  I believe you do have to go out and grab life to get on and perhaps there is something in what Terry tells us about wanting it for reasons other than to make money.  I cannot say this is prescriptive as there are many less fortunate who may take this approach but just haven't been dealt the same hand in luck.

A fascinating read. 4*

Received for review from LibraryThing Early Reviewers

  • ISBN-10: 1922178241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1922178244
  • Kindle edition: ASIN: B00GCQ9M1Y

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