The proportion of B.S to solid, astute analysis in Greils writing continues to increase. (He jumped the shark, the entire lagoon in fact, with that idiotic long jumper analogy in his 'analysis' of Astral Weeks in his Van Morrison book). The man needs an editor. Or his wife or someone needs to tell him that his personal favorite records are just sometimes... good records and not apocalyptic epistles. That said, the chapter on Buddy Holly's 'Crying, Waiting, Hoping' is imaginative and engaging - an exploration of what Buddy might have done should he lived into the 60's. The rest isn't bad, but isn't especially insightful, imo. Prose that is sometimes eloquent, but supporting a rather overly dramatic sentiment. I wish he ( or better someone else like Jim Fusilli) would compile 'Stranded 2'. R+R has changed so much since the first edition in the late 70's Nick Tosches bio of Dean Martin is a take no prisoners take on Dino, and by default, his contemporaries in pop music at that time. Very, very good.