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Tosh Berman on the band Sparks and the meaning of being a fan
Tosh Berman’s “Sparks-tastic: Twenty-One Nights With Sparks in London” (Barnacle Books: 220 pp., $14 paper) is exactly what it sounds like: the chronicle of a 21-night stand in London, in which the rock band Sparks played every one of their albums, back-to-back-to-back. Berman portrays himself as the world’s most obsessive aficionado, traveling for a month to England, where he wrestles not only with loneliness and economic worries but also issues of identity.
By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
August 7, 2013