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Book Review: “Dirty Rotten Scoundrel” by Greg Martin

Dirty Rotten Scoudrel Greg MartinOn October 3, 2020, I reviewed Greg Martin‘s newest book, Watch It All Come Down, about the his astrological forecast for the U.S. in the last several months of 2020. I didn’t give it a rating since some people believe in astrology and some don’t. As we near the end of the year, many of his predictions have not come to fruition. Then again, the year’s not over…but one can’t help but notice that he’s kinda backed off from mentioning them on his Facebook page recently.

I decided to look a little deeper into Martin’s background (beyond him being George Martin’s son), including his IMDb page, and I discovered that he had written a memoir in 2000 called Dirty Rotten ScoundrelAccording to the book cover…

He’s seduced thousands of women; He stole Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s heart; He’s wicked but gorgeous – You’ll love him.

Well readers, I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Maybe with the publishing company that decided this book was worth publishing!  It seems Greg Martin wrote the book to dig himself out of a hole that was created when he became engaged to British actress Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. That name ring a bell? As an American, it means nothing to me, but apparently she was/is a hot commodity in England. The romance started and ended very badly in all of about 6 weeks total. Seems Greg thought he could straighten out the media damage that had been done by publishing his side of the story along with his sexual history in this book. In my opinion, he only does more damage.

I don’t know in what decade anyone would draw upon his stories and think, “Oh what a stud! I want to be just like him!”, but throughout these pages he is bedding women like Madonna and Sharon Stone, Greg claims that many men admire him for his skills as a playboy. Near the end of the book, he even lists tips for successfully seducing women.

Obviously, I’m not the only one that has felt this way about a book that seems to spend more time stroking Martin’s ego and trying to sell him as some sexual gift to women. He got quite the thrashing in The Guardian in March 2000 when a reporter interviewed him about his new book. I’ve attached a link at the bottom of this review for you to read for yourself.

I had to force myself to finish this book (for the sake of writing an honest review), without ever laughing even once, when the inside cover promised, “The anecdotes Greg has to tell are genuinely hilarious as he spills the beans about all his bizarre sexual encounters….” All I can say is – what the hell was he and his publishers thinking! And for that reason…

I rate this book….oh f*ck it…I can’t even rate it!

Mon, Mar 27, 2000 – 40 · The Guardian (London, Greater London, England) · Newspapers.com

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Book Review: “Watch It Come Down” by Gregory Paul Martin

I have so many thoughts about why I bought Watch It Come Down by Gregory Paul Martin, and about the book itself, that this post may be longer than the book itself which comes in at just 85 pages.

Many of my readers will know who Gregory Martin is just by the name. For those who don’t, Greg is the first born son of Sir George Martin, producer of most of the Beatles’ albums and without whom we might never have heard of the Fab Four.

I informally met Greg Martin via Skype when he read my astrology chart for me. You see, Greg is a very well accomplished astrologer. At that time in 2013, I paid $120 for (I believe) a 30 minute reading that was very on point and well done. Whenever I got the chance, I would recommend him to friends, until about 2 years ago when I was told he was putting an end to his readings… but! I could still get one more reading for $1000 before he took his leave. That was way outside my budget for such things so I took a pass. 

I’ve been wondering what was up with Greg, especially after reading about the passing of his father in 2016 and the media frenzy over the fact that Greg was left out of his will. Well, last week Gregory Paul Martin turned up on my Facebook timeline when someone posted that he will be publishing an autobiography called Isn’t It A Pity in Spring 2021. Turns out Gregory also now has a Facebook page of his own, so I wasted no time in following him to find out when I’ll be able to get a copy to review for this site. I was informed…next year!

Poking around his Facebook and website, I came across this book, Watch It All Come Down: Human Consciousness, Astrology, and the Death and Rebirth of America published February 2019. My knowing him as an astrologer and having dabbled in it myself (I read my horoscopes daily), I felt intrigued and bought myself a copy.

At just 85 pages, I thought this book would be a quick afternoon read. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way and I picked it up and put it down for three days. You see, according to Gregory, the United States is about to go through a huge upheaval according to it’s astrological chart when Pluto makes its return to its natal position in 2019/2020. (And yes, countries do have their own charts…America was obviously born on July 4, 1776.) At the same time, Donald Trump will also be going through a rough time astrologically and together, a lot of the wrongs that the U.S. has built up over its lifetime will come crashing down. Think of a phoenix rising from the ashes of destruction and you’ll get the picture.

So why did it take me 3 days to read a 85 page book? Because Mr. Martin is brutal about his opinion of the U.S. and its citizens! In the first 35 pages of this book, he goes over everything America has done wrong especially when it comes to wars, capitalism and being a world power. And even though he may be right, he just keeps hammering away long after making his point. As an American, it’s tough to read without getting pissed off. The only consolation is the fact that he says there will a rebirth after we crash down and the dawning of a new day.

After I finally spent two days reading about how awful we Americans have been (and trust me, he never has a kind word to say) Gregory spends two chapters on the chart of Donald Trump, explaining why he is the way he is and why it will be his demise in 2019/2020. For anyone who dislikes Trump, you’ll love these chapters, though you may need a basic course in astrology to understand the terminology. The rest of the book is about human consciousness, the universe and astrology. It’s quite interesting and he does recommend several books to back up his theories, but I wasn’t too keen on his taking a shot at one of the astrologers that I follow. There are thousands of well-known astrologers in the world, so I was truly surprised when her name (and only her name) popped up!

Needless to say, I’m glad I read this book. Will you enjoy it? Depends on your view of astrology, metaphysics and American politics. Of course, I believe Gregory Martin would say, “It doesn’t depend on your view of any of that because it is going to happen! It’s in the stars.” 

P.S. – If you’d like to have an astrological chart reading by Gregory Paul Martin (and it still recommend him), you can book an appointment HERE. (and no…this is not a paid endorsement!)

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Book Review: “Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926-1966” by Kenneth Womack

Maximum Volume George Martin Kenneth WomackI met Kenneth Womack, the author of Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926–1966in 2013 when he was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a professor at Penn State (Altoona). Ken has written three books about the Beatles: Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles; The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles; and The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four. In February of 2014, Ken organized and hosted “It was 50 Years Ago Today – An International Beatles Celebration” – a 4 day Beatles conference at Penn State in Altoona, PA. He also holds a PhD. in 20th-Century British Literature and has written three novels. Pretty impressive, huh?

I remember attending a lecture on the Beatles a couple years ago and sitting down next to Ken in the auditorium as he was typing away at this book, the first book in a two volume set. I was really amazed at how he was doing it with no notes, just his fingers frantically beating away at the keyboard. After chatting with him briefly about what he was creating, I began really looking forward to reading it since everything else I’ve read about George Martin just seems to skim the surface of his life beyond the Beatles.

This book isn’t a simple read as it took me two weeks to take it all in even though it’s only 314 pages. The first half of the book is really intense, but unfortunately, the second half seemed to lose its gusto. No longer is the reader reading much about George’s personal life outside the studio (all the stuff I was looking forward to hearing about). Except for a couple paragraphs thrown in here and there about his divorce from his first wife was being final, and a spattering of paragraphs about the other artists he was working with, the second half of the book reads like a combination of George’s autobiography and Geoff Emerick’s book “Here, There and Everywhere”. The book seems to become just a daily log of recording the Beatles, what tracks were used for which instruments or vocals and techniques used for each song.

And then there is page 85! Whoa! *shakes head in utter disbelief*

The day before the meeting, which had been set for 11:30 AM on May 9 at Abbey Road, Brian asked Derek Taylor, a Liverpool journalist and his close friend and confidant, “What’s the point? Should I even bother going?” He then turned to Derek’s brother Alistair, his colleague at NEMS…”

WHAT?! Derek and Alistair were brothers? Why am I just hearing this now? How could I have read Derek’s book, Alistair’s book and Brian’s book…let alone all the other books I’ve read and never have heard that they were brothers? Did Kenneth Womack uncover some deep dark Beatles secret in his research? Ten pages later, I was still wondering about it, so I text a Beatles expert and friend and asked him about it. He said he’d get back to me and sure enough a couple hours later, after he consulted with a couple other Beatles experts and confirmed….it’s an error!

OMG…it’s a glaring error by the guy who wrote The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four.

I’m still looking forward to reading the second volume in this set when it’s released, but for all the above reasons…

I regretfully rate this book, 2 out of 4 Beetles!

UPDATE (Oct 2, 2017): After reading this review, Kenneth Womack contacted me via email to say: “Thanks for the review. The error has been corrected in the eBook and new edition, which is being published next week.” Thanks for the update, Ken!

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