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Kevin Coyne

John Tobler, ZigZag, July 1971

"WHEN I WAS very young, a fat-arsed bingo club manager said: 'You're going to the top, right to the top, and I am going to take you there, all the way'. He was the first in a long line of promise-makers, the first of the smart alecs. How many other performers have had this? I suppose most of them have. They are everywhere — 10 (and sometimes 25) per centers, bearing lists of imaginary contracts, introductions to famous people, and ideas about 'making it big'. Most of the times their sights are set on pin money, on extra cash for their suburban families, their big spending wives. They're small time, greedy and dangerous. And small time men become big time...

"What do they care about creativity and commitment?"

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