Friday, August 28, 2009

LONG-OVERDUE BOOK REVIEW: The Midnight Express and Jim Cornette 25th Anniversary Scrapbook

LET'S not mince words: this book is FUCKING AWESOME.

I've read some great wrestling-related books over the years: Mick Foley's first two books, Ric Flair's autobiography, Terry Funk's autobio, Emerson Murray's book on Bruiser Brody.......but this gazumps them all.

While it tells the story of the greatest tag team of all time - as told by the always-entertaining Jim Cornette - this isn't strictly a biography on the Midnight Express (or Dennis Condrey or Bobby Eaton or Stan Lane either).

It is a genuine scrapbook filled to overflowing with rare photos, programs, payment slips, angry fan letters, court documents etc etc. Plus a bunch of cool articles on some of the bigger crowd brawls the MX got caught up in, the best-known MX in-the-ring spots (that's worth the price of the book alone), classic Cornette quotes and the proverbial much, much more.

If that wasn't fascinating enough, you have a listing of just about every MX match ever held, including Cornette's priceless running commentary on what was going on at that time with the team, himself, the promotion (the World Class section is a real eye-opener) and wrestling in general.

Most importantly, where possible, Jim has listed gate receipts and crowd numbers. It proves just how important the MX were back in the 1980s in selling out houses and making money for any company they worked for (whether it was Mid-South, World Class or NWA).

I'm not the only one to have said this, but I'll add my view to the long list: this book is essential reading for all true wrestling fans.

You haven't already got it, what's wrong with you? It's available directly from Jim Cornette either here or here.

DANN'S CALL?: The best wrestling book on the market today.


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