.... I'm about 3/5ths of the way through Life, the 'assisted' autobiography of one of my favourite guitar men, Keef...
...it certainly isn't one of the better-written books to have come my way, but I find it pretty much unputdownable!
I felt the same way at that stage. As a social history of life in Britain amongst bright working class post-war kids (eg me'n'Keef) it's absolutely spot-on. Blues music had a significance for us that it's hard, nowadays, to convey. Unfortunately the remaining 40% of the book is progressively far less interesting, getting increasingly solipsistic (often irritatingly so) as his wealth drags him as far from "normality" as addiction did: only very boringly so.
Even more OT: I was told about the "Redlands" gathering a couple of days prior to the famous bust as I grew up in the area and had a friend who was connected with a member of the Stones road crew. Consequently I'm not surprised that the Forces of Darkness were aware of it. I also attended some of the trial in Chichester and...
But back to the other Dream Time.
I can heartily recommend "The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists
Gregory Curti, with the proviso that it's the only book on this subject I've read and that it's about European cave art rather than Australasian. A truly mysterious subject. At one point in the book he says that the style of the paintings created at Lascaux (as best I recall) remained absolutely constant for over 20,000 years. Ultimately, whilst there have been numerous academic theories, no one really has a clue what these incredibly beautiful and accomplished paintings were actually about or the reason for their creation in a location that never saw daylight. In that respect, given that Aboriginal culture has persisted - just about - up to the present day and has been intensively studied, we probably know more about the ancestral Aboriginals' world view than we do that of our own ancestors.
Some more of these pix wouldn't hurt!