This book was a surprise in several ways. Unlike many who tackle the subject Edwards addresses the paucity of evidence that there is an actual curse. He then goes on to write short but accurate and thorough descriptions of the lives and accomplishments of 27 individuals. Yes, he includes the ‘evergreen’ examples of Jones, Joplin, Hendrix and Morrison but then he goes on to include individuals who were not musicians and more impressively, not Europeans or North Americans. I finished the book feeling that I wanted to investigate the cultures and milieus of many of the individuals whose lives he sketches.
Well written, well researched and informative. The is little more one could have asked for the author.