Apathy for the Devil: A 70s Memoir

By Nick Kent

Chronicling Nick Kent’s up-close , own, usually harrowing adventures with the Rolling Stones, Lester Bangs, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, the intercourse Pistols, and Chrissie Hynde, between rankings of others, Apathy for the satan is a picaresque memoir that bears witness to the gorgeous and the damned of this turbulent decade.

As a faculty dropout slightly out of his adolescents, Kent’s first 5 interviews have been with the MC5, Captain Beefheart, the thankful lifeless, the Stooges, and Lou Reed. yet after the buzz and freedom of these early years, his tale could come to reflect that of the last decade itself, as he slipped into extra and ever-worsening heroin use. Apathy for the satan is a compelling tale of idea, luck, burn out, and rebirth from a vintage wordsmith.

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We took the Paris evening teach all the way down to St Tropez - what a sleazy, overpriced sell off that became out to be. I went there armed with the mad wish of by some means encountering Brigitte Bardot, a widely known resident of the tiny seashore city, and ended up having to conceal clear of a fleet of drunken sailors who have been overrunning the world and who took nice exception to my pallid shape and foppish dresses. Joe and that i escaped to Cannes - in simple terms to find that their annual movie pageant had ended only a week previous and the streets have been abandoned except heaping piles of torn movie posters. So we headed again to Paris. Springtime in Paris agreed with me. I felt unexpectedly light-headed back. yet then temptation reared its sordid head - and with it got here dire results. i began screwing round and, unbeknownst to me on the time, one among my conquests gave me a unique going-away current: gonorrhoea. Do you really want to grasp the remaining? convinced, i guess you do. June used to be hell on the earth for Chrissie and me. We fought, we cursed. Then one evening she acquired ailing and skilled an identical crippling abdominal cramps that I’d obvious her being affected by the 1st time I’d met her. I held her that evening like I’d performed the opposite time and attempted to convenience her. It used to be the final really delicate second we ever acquired to percentage. the following morning an ambulance got here and took her to the health facility. She stayed there for 3 days. in the meantime, i used to be beginning to adventure a nasty burning sensation each time I took a piss. The medical professionals then informed Chrissie that her gynaecological difficulties have been attributable to her having in recent years shrunk a sexually transmissible illness. From that time on, she didn’t really need to have whatever extra to do with me. I moved out to a dingy two-room flat in Archway that I first needed to have fumigated through the neighborhood pest-control. in the course of my first night there, I obtained an unforeseen name from Chrissie. Her voice sounded much less icy than of overdue, gentler and extra forgiving. She advised me she nonetheless enjoyed me and that our dwelling aside could purely make our dating superior. She requested me to fulfill her day after today at McLaren’s store close to last time. We’d exit jointly. it'd be a brand new starting. This used to be tune to my ears. For the subsequent twenty hours i used to be again floating on air. yet then I grew to become up on the appointed time and walked into one more nightmare situation. Chrissie used to be now not chuffed to determine me. Her eyes have been like poison darts. ‘Go fuck your self! ’ used to be her beginning greeting. I reminded her approximately what she’d acknowledged the evening prior to. ‘Well, I’ve replaced my mind,’ she countered coldly. ‘I met this man and I’m going out with him now. ’ That’s while I observed pink. I attacked her correct there within the store. McLaren was once additionally current and he used to be so scared he ran off and concealed less than a desk. i used to be approximately to hit her with my belt whilst an odd bloke who simply occurred to be at the premises - one among McLaren’s mad brood - improved and punched me within the face so challenging my complete physique nearly flew throughout the store window onto the pavement open air. go out Chrissie. in the meantime, I’m splayed out at the ground, pathetic and bleeding profusely from the mouth.

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