Apathy for the Devil: A Seventies Memoir by Nick Kent

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 ratings of others, Apathy for the Devil 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 teenagers, Kent’s first 5 interviews have been with the MC5, Captain Beefheart, the thankful useless, the Stooges, and Lou Reed. yet after the thrill and freedom of these early years, his tale may come to reflect that of the last decade itself, as he slipped into extra and ever-worsening heroin use. Apathy for the Devil is a compelling tale of thought, good fortune, burn out, and rebirth from a vintage wordsmith.

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If you walked into any organization on a Friday morning, you would find that many of the staff members were not there. They had been pushed to meet and exceed production quotas based on a Thursday deadline, and the reality was they usually needed a little time to recover. As Fridays progressed, the org came back to life, plans were made to increase production, and projects intended to expand the influence of Scientology. Through the weekend, the production engines would kick in, slowly building in energy until Wednesday nights, wherein virtually any Scientology organization around the world were filled with a veritable frenzy of activity.

My billion year contract | 33 I listened as the preclear was questioned about an area of her life she had difficulty with and she spoke freely about it. She spoke of some injury she’d experienced a couple of weeks ago, and soon the auditor was asking if there was an earlier similar time she had felt a pain like this. They continued in this way, and after three or four earlier incidents were discussed, I realized that she was now speaking about memories from a previous lifetime. The preclear was talking about things that she felt had happened to her in a lifetime before this one!

These words struck a chord in me: nonpolitical in nature, Scientology welcomes any individual of any creed, race, or nation. ” Bob tugged at my jacket. “One more minute,” I begged as I scanned the poster again. The combined truths of fifty thousand years of thinking men, distilled and amplified by new discoveries about man, have made for this success. ” Marty and Jill yelled sharply. I tore myself away, vowing privately that I would find out more or at least come back without friends and read the entire sign when I wasn’t high.

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