― WillSommer, Thursday, 17 March 2005 04:18 (8 years ago) Permalink
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― The Brainwasher (Twilight), Thursday, 17 March 2005 04:23 (8 years ago) Permalink
― The Brainwasher (Twilight), Thursday, 17 March 2005 04:24 (8 years ago) Permalink
Please kill me.
Oh well. Read it anyway. It's amazing. And Our Band Could Be Your Life. If you're interested in criticism, check out Psychotic Reactions and Carbeurator Dung or anything by Lester Bangs or one or two Greil Marcus books (The Basement Tapes). I'd stay away from Camden Joy, contrary to popular opinion.
I need something that doesn't take too long to get into
But you're going to college, man! Just buy Adorno's Essays on Music and accept that the next 4+ years of your life are going to be like that mwahahaha...
― poortheatre (poortheatre), Thursday, 17 March 2005 04:26 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Thursday, 17 March 2005 04:43 (8 years ago) Permalink
I also enjoyed Last Night a DJ Saved My Life and there's the ever-classic Generation Ecstasy.
― deej., Thursday, 17 March 2005 04:49 (8 years ago) Permalink
― philip sherburne (philip sherburne), Thursday, 17 March 2005 04:51 (8 years ago) Permalink
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― don, Thursday, 17 March 2005 05:41 (8 years ago) Permalink
― deej., Thursday, 17 March 2005 05:45 (8 years ago) Permalink
I had never heard of Tate until I saw him speak not long ago. He is a BAD. ASS. Does he still write for The Voice? I feel like I never see him in there. Does he have a blog?
― poortheatre (poortheatre), Thursday, 17 March 2005 05:56 (8 years ago) Permalink
I'm mostly interested in reading a book of his since his prose is fairly magnificent.
― deej., Thursday, 17 March 2005 06:23 (8 years ago) Permalink
― J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Thursday, 17 March 2005 07:05 (8 years ago) Permalink
― wtin, Thursday, 17 March 2005 10:56 (8 years ago) Permalink
― bg, Thursday, 17 March 2005 11:25 (8 years ago) Permalink
If you want a cracking funny read on hip-hop, though, pick up The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop by Peter Shapiro, which has just been updated and enlarged (it was a pocket-size the first time, now it's 8 x 10). Best line goes to the Bad Boy Records writeup, when he notes that Puff Daddy, having been responsible for 40% of all 1997's number ones, moved to the Hamptons "so he could live by the sea, just like his magic dragon namesake."
― Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Thursday, 17 March 2005 11:41 (8 years ago) Permalink
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― John Fredland (jfredland), Thursday, 17 March 2005 11:44 (8 years ago) Permalink
Same here! (Of course there's also the Led Zep bio.)
― nathalie barefoot in the head (stevie nixed), Thursday, 17 March 2005 11:46 (8 years ago) Permalink
― bg, Thursday, 17 March 2005 11:54 (8 years ago) Permalink
― mark s (mark s), Thursday, 17 March 2005 12:26 (8 years ago) Permalink
Next week on "The O.C.": Seth and Ryan get into a fatal disagreement over "James Taylor: Marked For Death," while Summer meets a new hottie who shares her disgust of Nick Hornby.
― Keith C (kcraw916), Thursday, 17 March 2005 14:06 (8 years ago) Permalink
― don, Thursday, 17 March 2005 22:09 (8 years ago) Permalink
Dino by Nick Tosches (about Dean Martin; as deep as Catch a Fire by Timothy White, as entertaining as that Motley Crue book)
Backbeat: Earl Palmer's Story, by Tony Scherman (oral history/autobiography of the New Orleans drummer; had me at "Louis Armstrong was a pimp"...)
We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk by Marc Spitz and Brendan Mullen (better than Please Kill Me, kind of like L.A. punk itself)
― Pete Scholtes, Thursday, 17 March 2005 22:30 (8 years ago) Permalink
I was torturing this guy in the garage of my mom's house in this nice suburban neighborhood with my whole family inside eating Easter dinner... and I'd got this guy tied up in the rafter with a rope around his legs and I'm beating him with a two-by-four. I said, "Hang on a minute," and put the two-by-four down and walked into the house and kissed my aunt and said like, "Oh hi, how you doing?" I grabbed a deviled egg, told them I'd be back in a minute, and I went back out, grabbed the two-by-four, and kept workin' on the guy. I finally had to get out of Vicious Circle 'cause of the violence. There were constant stabbings and beatings and people cruising by my house at night, shooting up the neighborhood....
I did something pretty bad to somebody and they retaliated with guns. It was a big deal, I had to split to Alaska for a while, they cut the lines on my car, blew up my car... fuck...I don't wanna say who they were, but they weren't punks... boy, they were pissed off.
― Pete Scholtes, Thursday, 17 March 2005 22:34 (8 years ago) Permalink
i went on holiday with the Deborah Curtis book and the Nick Drake biography once. happy times, let me tell you.
― Lee F# (fsharp), Thursday, 17 March 2005 22:53 (8 years ago) Permalink
if you ever find dave rimmer's "once upon a time in the east", abt berlin east and west b4 the fall of the wall, i utterly UTTERLY recommend it: tho it's only somewhat abt music - unlike his earlier (and also good) "like punk never happened"
― mark s (mark s), Thursday, 17 March 2005 22:53 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Richard C (avoid80), Thursday, 17 March 2005 23:00 (8 years ago) Permalink
Joe Carducci's Rock and the Pop Narcotic is being reissued sometime this year.
― pdf (Phil Freeman), Thursday, 17 March 2005 23:02 (8 years ago) Permalink
― J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Thursday, 17 March 2005 23:19 (8 years ago) Permalink
― don, Friday, 18 March 2005 00:01 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Quit glaring at Ian Riese-Moraine! He's mentally fraught! (Eastern Mantra), Friday, 18 March 2005 00:23 (8 years ago) Permalink
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― don, Friday, 18 March 2005 06:37 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Ashandeej, Friday, 18 March 2005 06:41 (8 years ago) Permalink
Electronic and Experimental Music by Thom Holmesalso; Wireless Imagination (d kahn / g whitehead)Paul Griffiths - A Concise History of Avant-Garde MusicPaul Griffiths - Modern Music And BeyondCurtis RoadsWilliam Duckworth : Talking MusicCage: Silence / A Year From MondayCage / Feldman: ConversationsJames Tenney : Meta / HodosKarlheinz Stockhausen - Stockhausen on Music (Compiled by R Maconie)Sound By Artists (ed. Dan Lander)Chris Cutler - File Under PopularAttali - NoiseRussolo - The Art of Noises (get a hold of a copy any way you can)Trevor Wishart - On Sonic ArtDouglas Kahn - Noise Water Meat
― milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 18 March 2005 07:13 (8 years ago) Permalink
i think the attali book is lousy at book length—it's a good short polemic idea bulked out to a contradictory nonsense schema—and wireless imagination is patchy (which is a pity, cz it's a great idea for an essay collection)
― mark s (mark s), Friday, 18 March 2005 09:11 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 18 March 2005 09:55 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Friday, 18 March 2005 10:27 (8 years ago) Permalink
The Elvis Guralnick books - again, you don't have to care about the subject matter to enjoy them (personally, I was so-so on Elvis before readin' 'em, am now an unabashed fan), and the second one is one hell of a car wreck: the descent starts like twenty pages into it, and by the end of the book you can't even feel sorry for the guy anymore, you just wonder why he hasn't kicked the bucket already.
"Where Did Our Love Go?" by Nelson George has some nice anecdotes, and is probably the best book on Motown around, tho to be frank I didn't learn all that much from it.
"The Heart Of Rock & Soul" seconded, and throw in the "New Book Of Rock Lists" too, if only for the sheer joy of reading the sentence "Tragedy The Intelligent Hoodlum Lists..." over and over again (not that book of rock jokes, tho, that was awful.) And also "Fortunate Son: The Best Of Dave Marsh", great stuff on Elvis, Muddy Waters, latino rock, etc.
I remember reading Maryiln Manson's "The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell" in my early teens and being surprised by how good it was (I'd always loathed the guy's music.) Dunno if it holds up.
"Sweet Soul Music", hell yeah.
I've read the entirety of Christgau's consumer guide online, and there's some great, great stuff there. So the books are recommended, too.
― Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 18 March 2005 11:12 (8 years ago) Permalink
― shookout (shookout), Friday, 18 March 2005 11:14 (8 years ago) Permalink
yay I've been wanting to read that one for a while!
adding to my prev post here leroi jones 'blues people' which I just finished this morning: most gd bks on music accept that they aren't just abt notes and chords.
― Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 18 March 2005 12:53 (8 years ago) Permalink
You mean it's not long enough? I loved the book. Should re-read it...
I also loved the Lexicon Devil (bio on Darby Crash) though it's certainly not essential...
― nathalie barefoot in the head (stevie nixed), Friday, 18 March 2005 12:54 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Jason Toon, Friday, 18 March 2005 16:41 (8 years ago) Permalink
the ONLY thing wrong with JMC's line is that he somewhat slightly seems to accept the assumption that the social dimension—the "dance"—isn’t also always part of all music in the West (though he does this in the context of getting ppl to see/hear/look for the fuller sense of the meaning of music): taking his insights abt Africa (Ghana, to be more accurate) and applying them everywhere else is revelatory
Most of it is a charming telling of him learning African drumming in Ghana
― mark s (mark s), Friday, 18 March 2005 18:23 (8 years ago) Permalink
And I hope someone someday undertakes a lengthy Sabbath bio.
― 57 7th (calstars), Friday, 18 March 2005 19:01 (8 years ago) Permalink
still wanna get rj smith james brown book. kinda dumb that i didn't get one from him at the emp conference. he was sitting right there with a big stack of them. but i'm kinda dumb.
― scott seward, Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:23 (9 months ago) Permalink
that brown bio is the best new music bio i've read in a while. by a longshot, i think. yeah crouch bugs me too, but he can be good when he's not trolling. from what i've read about his parker bio it's going to be *the* book on parker, just in terms of deep research. or maybe that's just what crouch has said, haha. i haven't really read a great book about parker, i would like for one to exist.
― tylerw, Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:25 (9 months ago) Permalink
Anyone read that Art Pepper autobio/oral history his wife put together? It kind of reads like a jazz Memoirs of Vidocq or something in that ballpark. He's racist as hell, though, even though he has black friend up the wazoo.
― bamcquern, Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:26 (9 months ago) Permalink
how many of us have theM?
― Like Monk Never Happened (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:39 (9 months ago) Permalink
― bamcquern, Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:43 (9 months ago) Permalink
I'm about three-quarters through Violence Girl, Alice Bag's memoir, and it has been a fantastic read.
It's like a manual on how to be fierce, fabulous, and big-hearted all at the same time.
The one thing that strikes me -and this will sound weird- is just how outright lovable LA's early punk scene was. In the spring of '77 it was basically three or four dozen kids from throughout the Basin, just months removed from severe Elton John / David Bowie / Freddie Mercury obsessions, converging in Hollywood to meet other "different" kids, form bands, and basically do all sorts of wacky 'avant-garde' arts-and-crafts projects together, like drawing flyers for shows and sewing up outfits. That ended up sounding more glib and silly than I intended, but there's something really beautiful and sweet about those early days.
You can order the book direct from her website, btw. http://alicebag.com/violencegirl.html
― collardio gelatinous, Thursday, 26 July 2012 03:38 (9 months ago) Permalink
saw alice speak at the emp conference and she was great. she was with beck's mom for some reason and beck's mom spoke but she was kinda eh...
― scott seward, Thursday, 26 July 2012 03:50 (9 months ago) Permalink
from David Byrne's newsletter:Over the last few years I wrote a book that McSweeney’s is publishing in North America and Canongate in the UK. It’s called How Music Works and that’s what it's about. It examines how music is affected by a multitude of contexts—financial, technical, social, and architectural. There are personal anecdotes and pictures and some pie charts, as well.This book in all its formats—physical, enhanced eBook, eBook, and audio book—will come out on September 12 in the US (and September 13 in the UK). The physical book is truly a lovely object—the McSweeney’s folks are known for this—so if you like to touch things, this is your best option. It’s large and slightly squishy. I gave my mom my advance author's copy for her birthday. The enhanced eBook has short audio snippets embedded to help you understand the kind of music played at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, for example… but you can’t touch an eBook. Each format caters to different senses. David ByrneWestern Chelsea
― dow, Saturday, 18 August 2012 19:37 (9 months ago) Permalink
Publisher's Weekly gives the advance word: How Music WorksDavid Byrne. McSweeney’s, $32 (352p) ISBN 978-1-936365-53-1In this fascinating meditation, Talking Heads frontman Byrne (Bicycle Diaries) explores how social and practical context, more than individual authorship, shaped music making in history and his own career. Touching on everything from bird-song and mirror neurons to the scene at CBGB, his wide-ranging treatment analyzes the effect of music venues (he theorizes that terrible stadium acoustics bias arena-rock bands toward plodding anthems), technology (sound recording induced opera singers to add vibrato), finances (he proffers balance sheets for two of his albums), and much else on the music we hear. He draws extensively from his own experiences, as his music shifted from the minimalism of early Talking Heads (“no ‘oh, babys’ or words that I wouldn’t use in in daily speech”) to complex theatricality; his chapters on Heads recording sessions are some of the most insightful accounts of musical creativity yet penned. The result is a surprising challenge to the romantic cliché of musical genius: rather than an upwelling of authentic feeling, he insists, “making music is like constructing a machine whose function is to dredge up emotions in performer and listener.” Byrne’s erudite and entertaining prose reveals him to be a true musical intellectual, with serious and revealing things to say about his art. Photos. (Sept. 21)Reviewed on: 07/23/2012Other FormatsHardcover - 978-0-85786-250-1Mo
― dow, Saturday, 18 August 2012 19:44 (9 months ago) Permalink
hmmmm. Wonder if he has any catty comments about his former bandmates
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 20:31 (9 months ago) Permalink
He was the worst part of the band, by far.
― _Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:14 (9 months ago) Permalink
At least as a performer.
― Number None, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:34 (9 months ago) Permalink
lol! byrne was a pretty amazing performer imo.
― tylerw, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:35 (9 months ago) Permalink
Just reading the Pete Brown autobio White Rooms and Imaginary Westerns which is pretty interesting. Even if he does dismiss punk wholesale and Keith Richards too.Have always enjoyed the music PB made at the turn of the 70s with Battered Ornaments and Piblokto! not heard the rest.
― Stevolende, Friday, 24 August 2012 13:29 (9 months ago) Permalink
Oh yeah , neglected to mention that main reason I was looking at this list was to see waht had been said about Bob Mould's autobio which i just found a cheap hardback copy of. Thought I'd seen it slagged elsewhere but I do like Husker du's psychedelic era at least.Funny sat down to read the intro/1st chapter while I had to wait somewhere earlier and wound up with Husker Du coming on my walkman as the next track on its random playlist.
― Stevolende, Friday, 24 August 2012 13:32 (9 months ago) Permalink
Bob Mould comes off as the biggest dickhead in the universe in his autobio
― Poliopolice, Friday, 24 August 2012 13:53 (9 months ago) Permalink
I was referring to Byrne once saying that getting the Talking Heads back together would be like a high school reunion, and he doesn't like those. I don't think he was too crazy about Frantz and Weymouth touring as "The Heads" . They made fun of he and Eno once upon a time too for dressing alike or something.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 24 August 2012 14:51 (9 months ago) Permalink
“making music is like constructing a machine whose function is to dredge up emotions in performer and listener.”
this quote doesn't exactly sell me on his prose
― look at this quarterstaff (Hurting 2), Friday, 24 August 2012 15:40 (9 months ago) Permalink
Definitely would not make me want to check out someone's music either. I don't think I've ever had the feeling of emotion being dredged up from within me, while listening to music, and it doesn't sound appealing.
― an infusion of catharsis (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 24 August 2012 16:43 (9 months ago) Permalink
xpost Mould's autobiography does him no favours at all. Completely humourless and always seeking to lay blame.
Just read two forthcoming ones: Peter Hook's Joy Division memoir, and Barney Hoskyns' Led Zep oral history. Too much of the latter relies on secondhand quotes sourced from other interviews, which means you can never quite trust the context in which he's using the quotes (for instance, a section of Plant on Richard Coles comes from a 1985 interview in which he's been asked about Cole's co-operation with Hammer of the Gods). What comes out of it most plainly is what a revolting man Jimmy Page must be. And for all that Plant is the de facto good guy, he still colluded in all the awfulness. Lots of stuff about the "light and dark" of Led Zep, but the darkness really means there were a load of wankers in the Zep camp, not that Page made a pact with Satan.
― Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), Saturday, 25 August 2012 07:32 (8 months ago) Permalink
Have to say I've enjoyed reading the Mould so far, but he's still in Husker du.Have disagreed with some comments and he does already seem to offload on Grant a bit & exclude Greg.
Wondering how many people would think the 1984 line-up of Black Flag was decidedly not their best line-up. I really love the Marquee set anyway.
― Stevolende, Saturday, 25 August 2012 12:41 (8 months ago) Permalink
Prose is not Byrne's first language, and "dredge" is an off-putting term, but his main point is you're not supposed to *feel* like your emotional response to music is being dredged, extracted, extruded, as so much "sensitive" music so often does make me feel. I suspect that he associates such words with his music, because that may be how he hears it, at least sometimes. An interviewer asked Plant what it was like to listen to Zep records, and Plant said he would just think about how much work went into a certain track, a certain part of a certain track. Especially likely for Byrne listening to Talking Heads albums, considering the strife with Tina--check the book The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads, or any number of comments she's made elsewhere. I've gotten David Byrne's Journal as email newsletter for quite a while, so I'm pretty used to his style, but he's pretty thoughtful anyway, can see how his book might be good.
― dow, Saturday, 25 August 2012 14:31 (8 months ago) Permalink
Also, not to put it all on Tina, the creative process does involve so much dredging, especially with the pressure of deadlines, money, making sense of you're trying to do--making it clear enough to yourself, and whoever is necessarily involved.
― dow, Saturday, 25 August 2012 14:45 (8 months ago) Permalink
Skimmed parts of the Bob Mould and the Byrne books in a bookstore; I think I will get and read RJ Smith's James Brown bio, first.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 December 2012 04:05 (5 months ago) Permalink
the byrne book is such a joy to read.
― besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Tuesday, 11 December 2012 10:35 (5 months ago) Permalink
got the new ted gioia book Jazz Standards from the library -- really entertaining stories behind a couple hundred classics. occasionally drifts into stuff that's more directed at musicians, but for the most part very readable.Agreed. Loving this book. It's making me hunt down at lot of recordings I don't have, too (which is always a good sign). There's a Spotify playlist of all the recommendations here: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/161618065.html#!page=0&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst
― Jazzbo, Tuesday, 11 December 2012 13:02 (5 months ago) Permalink
"Light And Shade" - new book of Jimmy Page interviews (with oral history from assorted others including Yardbird Chris Dreja) is - so far - an entertaining and fascinating read. Just getting to the formation of Led Zeppelin part now. Lots of detail viaPage about background stuff in his session and Yardbird days (gear, context, technique) - light on rock star bs.
― That elusive North American wood-ape (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 11 December 2012 13:30 (5 months ago) Permalink
Jazz Standards is great. I wish I'd had that Spotify playlist while I was reading it!
― Brad C., Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:27 (5 months ago) Permalink
New Mary Wells bio out by a guy named Peter Benjaminson (his first book?). I think it's just out in hardcover.
― timellison, Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:02 (5 months ago) Permalink
Guess not - he wrote a bio of Florence Ballard, too.
― timellison, Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:03 (5 months ago) Permalink
just saw a book called TUNES a comic book history of rocknroll. only skimmed it briefly, kind of weird selection of artists and a bit too wordy for a "comic book", but the iggy section was cool......
― m0stlyClean, Thursday, 20 December 2012 23:43 (5 months ago) Permalink
While finally reading Byrne's How Music Works, I just now checked robertchristgau.com for back-in-the-day descriptions of T. Heads and Byrne's albums and shows, also came across this vintage stash of succinct, substantial rock bio reviews (his recent reviews of Lennon's letters and a new Cohen bio are appealing too)http://www.robertchristgau.com/xg/bkrev/rockbios-83.php
― dow, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:14 (4 months ago) Permalink
As posted on the thread devoted to (mostly complaints about) Neil's Waging Heavy Peace--A Hippie Dream, I dug it (in a not entirely different way than Byrne's book, come to think about it)
― dow, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:19 (4 months ago) Permalink
Those two, plus Chronicles, are the most refreshing books by rockers I've come across (although also like what I've read of Keith Richard/Richards and Ian Hunter's Diary of A Rock Star)
― dow, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:20 (4 months ago) Permalink
The Sebastian Lumineau "Ramones" story in there is the best.
― HOLY MOPEDS (R Baez), Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:21 (4 months ago) Permalink
Also Veloso's Tropical Truths--here's hoping for books by Tom Ze and Rita Lee as well.
― dow, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:25 (4 months ago) Permalink
anything good about the cure? the only thing I've found that's available on nook is "Never Enough" by Jeff Apter, which looks like it's probably awful.
― how's life, Friday, 4 January 2013 14:01 (4 months ago) Permalink
Just recently read The Beach Boys' bio Heroes and Villains which I've seen recommended on a couple different threads around here. Yes, it's a tabloid-style trashy tell-all, but if you have a soft spot for that kind of stuff, it's essential reading. Also if you are not aware of how fucked up these guys were, it's pretty eye-opening.
― xanthanguar (cwkiii), Friday, 4 January 2013 14:07 (4 months ago) Permalink
Ten Imaginary Years by Steve Sutherland seems to get a few good reviews on Amazon.
― my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Friday, 4 January 2013 14:10 (4 months ago) Permalink
Just finished Hugh Barker and Yuval Taylor's Faking It, which I'd recommend. The premise is hardly startling--that the Grateful Dead/R.E.M./Wilco should not be accorded points for a perceived authenticity lacking in the Archies/Milli Vanilli/Carly Rae Jepsen--and lots of people have made the same argument before them (myself included, I'd like to think). But they approach it in a really evenhanded way; it's not some pleased-with-itself polemic that tries to sell you on the (equally false) idea that the Archies are inherently better than the Grateful Dead. The tone of the book gets it exactly right, I think.
― clemenza, Friday, 4 January 2013 14:24 (4 months ago) Permalink
I just read "Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group" by dear old Ian Svenonius. It's a set of reflections on the dynamics of rock 'n' roll groups as handed down by rock 'n' roll greats (alive & dead) in a series of seances, yes it is. Sitting somewhere in a triangle of vulgar Gramsci, vulgar Adorno and vulgar Chuck Eddy, I reckon. Siultaneously right and wrong the whole way through. I laughed and laughed.
― Tim, Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:27 (4 months ago) Permalink
re Never Enough, the first few pages compares a 1985 cure concert crowd to a britney spears crowd, which tells you a lot about where this author is coming from. nonetheless, i'm plodding through it since it apparently quotes extensively from Ten Imaginary Years, which is not itself available on ebook.
― said the brohaim to the cochise (how's life), Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:19 (4 months ago) Permalink
Just ordered Luke Haines' Post Everything after storming through Bad Vibes in about a day. Can't wait.
― afriendlypioneer, Sunday, 13 January 2013 06:31 (4 months ago) Permalink
Been dipping into Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneers by John Broven and it is awesome. Full of great detail. Covers all the usual suspects snappily- Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, Syd Nathan, Berry Gordy etc- and lots of fresh first-hand stories of everybody else betwixt and between.
― Listicle Traces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 15 February 2013 15:48 (3 months ago) Permalink
Time for new screenname in honor of Syd Nathan and the Bihari brothers.
― Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 15 February 2013 15:55 (3 months ago) Permalink
This could be good
Comes out this week.
― Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Monday, 18 March 2013 00:49 (2 months ago) Permalink
I'd like to read a really good Prince book. Ronin Ro's was strictly business and Matt Thorne's was like a printout of a tediously obsessive blog.
― Deafening silence (DL), Monday, 18 March 2013 10:03 (2 months ago) Permalink
I have assumed that SAF publishing went under some time ago since books from the imprint turn up on Amazon etc for increasingly rising prices.I just looked at their webbsite and they have a Copyright footer for 2007 which presumably means it hasn't been updated since then, still says there are Xmas special offers happening too.
Anyway, there were some fantastic book titles through the imprint. A lot of stuff on head type music especially from the early 70s,though some late 60s Gong, Arthur Brown, Soft Machine, Incredible String band all had titles out under the imprint as did Shilrley Collins.
I've just been thinking recently that with those great titles currently in limbo it would be great to get some other label to pick them up. Or to put that another way, one might think that there would be a market for the books so some other imprint would want to pick them up. Just wondering what the likelihood of that happeningmight be. Anybody on here have any idea what the story actually is on these? Or does having missed them by a few years now mean they have permanently been missed unless one gets lucky with charity shop finds or possibly gets rich enough to afford the online prices?
― Stevolende, Saturday, 20 April 2013 10:09 (1 month ago) Permalink