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Phillip Crandall
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27 Feb 2014 331/3
'It's Time To Party,' the first track off of I Get Wet, opens with a rapid-fire guitar line - nothing fancy, just a couple crunchy power chords to acclimate the ears - repeated twice before a booming bass drum joins in to provide a quarter-note countdown. A faint, swirling effect intensifies with each bass kick and, by the eighth one, the ears have prepped themselves for the metal mayhem they are about to receive. When it all drops, and the joyous onslaught of a hundred guitars is finally realized, you'll have to forgive your ears for being duped into a false sense of security, because it's that second intensified drop a few seconds later - the one where yet more guitars manifest and Andrew W.K. slam-plants his vocal flag by screaming the song's titular line - that really floods the brain with endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and whatever else formulates invincibility.

Polished to a bright overdubbed-to-oblivion sheen, the party-preaching I Get Wet didn't capture the zeitgeist of rock at the turn of the century; it captured the timelessness of youth, as energized, awesome, and unapologetically stupid as ever. With insights from friends and unprecedented help from the mythological maniac himself - whose sermon and pop sensibilities continue to polarize - this book chronicles the sound's evolution, uncovers the relevance of Steev Mike, and examines how Andrew W.K.'s inviting, inclusive lyrics create the ultimate shared experience between artist and audience.


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623567149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623567149
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 11.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phillip Crandall's book about Andrew WK's I Get Wet has been one of my favourites from this wonderful series of books. Fans will love it, sure. But if you're like me, if you didn't quite get the fuss first time around, you'll not only find a funny, sad, fascinating story, you'll find great heart-on-(record)-sleeve writing. -- Simon Sweetman Blog On The Tracks Crandall gets at the heart of Andrew W.K. better than any other previous writer. You'll know this much after reading the first few pages of his book. What you'll have to ponder after you've finished reading is the way in which Andrew connects the dots among I Get Wet, Daydream Nation, Appetite for Destruction, Dr. Feelgood, OK Computer, Slippery When Wet, Loveless. -- Paul Gleason Caught in the Carousel

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Phillip Crandall lives in South Florida and is a former editor for FHM Magazine. His freelance writing has appeared in ESPN The Magazine, Maxim, and whatever other publications at which his scattered friends have taken up shop.

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By JK
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When you've Partied hard... & I mean really hard... 'till your body won't Party any more & your mind still wants to Party... pick up a copy of this!!!
Grab a hot luscious pizza... digest that to refuel those brain cells & then open the I Get Wet book & digest the literature!!! Start a Party in your mind with Crandall's words & Andrew WK's spirit.
Feel the glossy cover... feel the Party... feel the love
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 6 Jan 2014
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As any reader of the 33 1/3 series already knows - these books run gauntlet from excellent (Low, Loveless, Village Green Preservation Society, Reign In Blood, Zaireeka) to dreadful (OK Computer, Use Your Illusion, 69 Love Songs, Pretty Hate Machine) to everything in between (In Utero, Harvest, Highway 61 Revisited, Born In the USA, Achtung Baby). I was both excited and a little nervous when I heard there was going to be a 33 1/3 book on I Get Wet. Luckily, Phillip Crandall did an excellent job on this book. Keeping his personal stories to a minimum and focusing on the story, recording and art that is I Get Wet, he makes a fascinating read about the history of Andrew W.K. and the I Get Wet album. As an added bonus, he devotes a whole chapter to the Steev Mike phenomena. Well written and wonderfully researched (I think he did a good 50 interviews for all the insider information!). Highly recommended for fans of Andrew W.K. or anyone who loves a good music book! Quick read... LONG LIVE THE PARTY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Musicology of Andrew W.K. 31 Jan 2014
By Joseph J. Frederick - Published on Amazon.com
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Haven taking a few courses in musicology, I am admittedly something of an amateur. However, Crandall's examination of Andrew W.K.'s seminal "I Get Wet" album is an in-depth examination of the man, his music, and the scene which inspired him. It is very well-researched, and touches on some of the insanity, paradoxes, rumors, and legend of Mr. Wilkes-Krier.

Being a big fan of Andrew W.K., I was anxious to read a bit more about him. Now I will have to keep my eyes open for other books in this series about artists I enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When it's time to party... 31 Jan 2014
By C. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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We will always party hard. Books are party, books about partying are even partier. Andrew W.K. continues to inspire and awaken the human party machine in all of us. Truly a book everyone should own. I laughed, I cried, I partied... Til I puked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 33 1/3 Book 30 Jan 2014
By S. Barclay - Published on Amazon.com
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I love "I Get Wet" and so I downloaded the Kindle version of this book and I read it. It blew me away. Seriously impressive depth of research by the author, Phillip Crandall. So many of these 33 1/3rd books are so author-centric. This one isn't. It's all about the album and the great man who made it. Packed with insight and info. A must for any fan of AWK and anyone who wants to find out how to write a great book about a great album. Party.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read: illuminating and exhaustive 30 Jan 2014
By J. Kopeny - Published on Amazon.com
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The 33 1/3 series has a long history of quality breakdowns of classic albums but this is easily one of the best in the series. Crandall takes an album that seems simple on its surface and explodes it to reveal the labyrinthine layers underneath through interviews with all its participants and an extremely open and communicative Andrew W.K. I consider 'I Get Wet' one of the most carefully crafted and executed albums of all time so I'm extremely pleased there a book that does it proper justice through thoughtful examination AND revealed even more things for me to appreciate in W.K. as an artists on multiple levels. - Jim Kopeny / Tankboy
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