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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (14 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711996024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711996021
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.7 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,195,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Goodwin on 9 Dec 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great in depth look at the career of Late Eighties Drone rockers Spacemen 3. Starting with the initial stumbling inception of the band in Rugby going through their near break trhough success and ending with the dissolution of the band and the start of Spectrum and Spiritualised.
The author tells the story well allthough its quite clear Jason Pierce was not consultedthat much as his quotes seem to be culled from old interviews. But the book is not entirely from Pete Kembers' point of view as all the ex members are on hand to voice their version of events!
Spacemen 3 are one of my favourite bands but this book has infomed me graetly, I also didnt get to see them live but the description of the live performances and the music nearly makes up for it.
A couple of minor gripes Waterman Art Centre is not in Hammersmith but Brentford. And the ending Chapters concerning Spiritualised are a bit hurried and brief, its as though the author didn't know where to end his story.
A great book I was expecting a thin pamphlet not a 300 page masterpeice. Buy it and read whilst listening to all their albums and enjoy the trip!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cinncanatus C. on 5 Feb 2005
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I was amazed at the scope and detail of Morse's book on Spacemen 3. It's about time somebody resurrected this neglected Rugby group. They are the great noise fetishists of the 1980s, and the author attempts to explore this both in the narrative and with striking use of philosophy and personal recollection. Enriching and scandalous. What a great rock book should be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan 2005
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Erik Morse's book is a detailed portrait of Spacemen 3, the drone rock masters of British indie scene. Morse has done an excellent job in tracing the influences, roots and truths behind the band, and it is not always as pretty story.
The conflicts, lies and fights behind the band made the group split as you probably know - Jason Pierce going his way with Spiritualized, Sonic Boom went on with his Spectrum/EAR projects.
The book is interesting and well researched but you have to be quite a big fan to enjoy it. I love Spacemen 3, but I found that some details could have been left out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Warts 'n All Tale of Rugby's own MC5 27 Oct 2005
By D. F. Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From Uncut Magazine: At their peak Spacemen 3 could probably outdrug The Happy Mondays at the Drug Olympics. Indeed, the author thoughtfully includes an inventory of gear, both electrical and pharmaceutical, at the outset, butane and methamphetamine being as crucial to the Spacemen oeuvre as the Casio, the Korg and the Vox Tone Bender. It's a typically small town English tale of well bred young hedonists transcending their environment and their record collection to become one of the most spellbinding and influential noise bands of the late 1980s.

All the more remarkable, then, that the author is based in New York. Aside from a couple of minor lapses - "pissed" for "pissed off", that kind of thing - you would have assumed he'd spent his life thumbing a ride between The Old Five Bells Northampton and the Rugby methadone clinic, so accurately rendered is the local colour. The central characters, Jason Pierce and Pete "Sonic" Kember, are compellingly drawn, and as destined to fall out it seems as Richard Hell and Tom Verlaine. And while you get the impression that Morse was able to gain Sonic's trust more readily than Jason's, he's to be congratulated for conveying every last addled nuance of this utterly captivating story.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Spacemen have landed, December 9, 2004 27 Oct 2005
By dgoo69 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great in depth look at the career of Late Eighties Drone rockers Spacemen 3. Starting with the initial stumbling inception of the band in Rugby going through their near break trhough success and ending with the dissolution of the band and the start of Spectrum and Spiritualised.

The author tells the story well allthough its quite clear Jason Pierce was not consultedthat much as his quotes seem to be culled from old interviews. But the book is not entirely from Pete Kembers' point of view as all the ex members are on hand to voice their version of events!

Spacemen 3 are one of my favourite bands but this book has infomed me graetly, I also didnt get to see them live but the description of the live performances and the music nearly makes up for it.

A couple of minor gripes Waterman Art Centre is not in Hammersmith but Brentford. And the ending Chapters concerning Spiritualised are a bit hurried and brief, its as though the author didn't know where to end his story.

A great book I was expecting a thin pamphlet not a 300 page masterpeice. Buy it and read whilst listening to all their albums and enjoy the trip!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
excellently researched, style hard to bear 25 Nov 2010
By spaceman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains virtually all of the information anyone interested in Spacemen 3 would want to know about the history of the band. For that, it is a worthwhile read for any serious fan. Nevertheless, the book is written as an essay, rather than a narrative, and does not give a vivid picture of the people involved, apart from their nearly continuous drug use. The author is very fond of using obscure words whose meaning he does not fully command. Usually it is not hard to figure out what he has in mind, although sometimes it's nonsense. Morse often gives long, tedious descriptions of the songs, as if the reader had never listened to them, and needed a description to understand at all what the songs were like. The entire first chapter is a deconstruction of Dreamweapon, which is extremely self-indulgent, and just unbearable. There are several other shorter segments throughout the rest of the book about the author's experience which do not enrich the appreciation of Spacemen 3. I would be very surprised to learn that Omnibus Press employed an editor.
spacemen 3! i loved this book! it taught me so much about music and music history. 12 July 2014
By chadingold - Published on Amazon.com
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spacemen 3! i loved this book! it taught me so much about music and music history. Read it three times.
Taking drugs to write books to take drugs to (read) 11 Jun 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the Spacemen, Spectrum and Spiritualized and everyone they've influenced. I bought this e-book hoping to find out more about them and their background and influences. Unfortunately from the start this book is just awful. It is practically unreadable due to the author's pretentious style of writing. The author would have been much better off just giving a fact-based tale of the birth of the Spacemen and drone/spacerock instead of coloring it in with his own personal literary garbage as he appears to think he is the next James Joyce. I think he took more drugs then Jason or Pete before starting to write. You'd probably have to be wasted to find anything useful here.
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