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Fool The World: The Oral History of A Band Called Pixies [Paperback]

Josh Frank , Caryn Ganz
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7 Aug 2008

Pixies' career spanned just seven years before the pressures of the road and personality clashes tore the band apart. But in that time they became one of the pioneers of alternative rock and left a musical legacy that would inspire generations of musicians, from Kurt Cobain and David Bowie to U2, Radiohead and Blur.

This is the story of a band called Pixies and how they turned their distinctive, warped breed of dynamic surf-punk into music legend. Told in the words of the band themselves, the studio owners, producers and engineers who worked with them, and admirers of their music, including Bono, Courtney Love and Beck, Fool The World is a complete journey through the life, death and rebirth of one of the most influential bands of all time.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753513838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753513835
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anecdote-filled and definitive, Fool the World is an eyewitness account of the Pixies' tumultuous career and their subsequent reinvention of underground rock." (Q Magazine)

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THEIR MUSIC PIONEERED ALTERNATIVE ROCK AND INFLUENCED A GENERATION OF MUSICIANS

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Insight! 23 Aug 2008
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This is a terrific read - I've stayed away from other Pixies books as a result of poor reviews but this draws on interviews with the band, management, producers, the Breeders, Throwing Muses and other bands who toured or worked with the Pixies and it really finally gets under the skin of how suddenly the band became waht it is - and includes anupdate on the reunion. If you are a Pixies fan you will enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a relief 17 Feb 2006
By Gabbylilt - Published on Amazon.com
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While attempting to finish reading the abysmal Gigantic by John Mendelssohn I was overjoyed to find this book available - in Australia no less. It is all I hoped it would be.

Before starting the book I was worried that despite my love for the Pixies it might be a slightly boring read. Having read and loved Please Kill Me, my rock story scale had been set quite high for gapping pits of agony - but I needn't have worried. This is a great story. The most unlikely words to find in a rock biography were used - charming, high work ethic, normal and they just endeared the members of the Pixies to me all the more.

Interviewees Chas Banks, Joe Harvard, James Iha, Ivo Watts- Russell and Gary Smith, amongst many others, offer their insight to the band and help produce a vivid picture of their history.

I have listened to the Pixies on average at least once a week for the past 18 years - not that I don't listen to other things as well, its just that nothing else fills certain niches in my heart and soul like they do - and to discover that the people making the music are people that I would enjoy having in my living room is an absolute joy.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fooling around is good for the soul. 31 July 2006
By Diane - Published on Amazon.com
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Fool the World is an excellent account of the birth, death and reincarnation of a band called The Pixies. A band that is one of the most important and influential yet underated bands in the history of rock n roll. Without the Pixies there would be no Nirvana, no White Stripes, no Screamo. For better or for worse they are a band that you need to know about and understand. The way that Fool the World is put together is brilliant. Interview segments from people like Courtney Love, J. Mascis, as well as band members themselves add the colour to the picture. There is also a directory of who's who for easy reference. Who else but someone who was there could remember a quote like "Fist I'm going to piss like a race horse and then dance like a black woman." The old magazine interviews with producer Steve Albini were wonderful to read. The fact that Kristin Hersh was dying to get the Pixies onto 4AD because she felt lonely being the only Yank on a Brit label is hilarious and finding out,in his own words, that Ivo Watts-Russell signed certain bands after being stuck in traffic with their tape is genius. Who would know those things except people that were there when it happend. Music fans, Pixies fans, and fans of pop culture check out this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect 6 Sep 2006
By P. Benedict - Published on Amazon.com
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This book's strengths far outweight its weaknesses. True, the flow is somewhat disjointed, Throwing Muses and its members get too much coverage, and the copy editing is somewhat sloppy. Nonetheless, the depth of Pixies coverage is amazing. I've been listening to them since Surfer Rosa came out, but they've always been an inscrutable band lyrically, musically, and in interviews. Frank's collection opens the curtain, and gives us a peek into the life and history of a band.

I enjoyed this book immensely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 9 Jan 2009
By R. Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
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This may not be the best written book about the Pixies, but it's superior to Ben Sisario's 33 1/3 on Doolittle, because of its depth (that's not to criticise Sisario - he didn't have the space). Sure, there may be some minor errors in dates etc, but the essence of the book is anecdotes and quotes from people who were involved with the band. In terms of explaining why the band was special, and why it has a unique place in rock music, Fool the World is completely successful. More than that, it's a fun read. Highly recommended.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading 16 April 2006
By M. Galkin - Published on Amazon.com
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Josh Frank and Caryn Ganz's illuminating Fool the World: The Oral Biography of a Band Called Pixies might be the definitive written document on the group, perhaps the most cryptic and under-documented major band in the history of rock music. The need for this kind of book was considerable. Certainly the spate of Pixies' reunion tour tie-in products has done some of the work in quenching the thirst of the die-hards. But what Fool the World offers us that the others don't is the whole deal, not just the story of the re-birth of this beloved band. The book recounts, in painstaking detail and with profound craftsmanship, the brief yet creatively explosive history of the Pixies - from the childhood beginnings (including some great history/insight into Kim and Kelley Deal), through to the present day (the band's seemingly unending reunion tour). Its certainly the most intimate recounting of the band's infamous break up that I've read. Along the way, nearly everyone who had a hand in the Pixies' meteoric rise and demise weighs in - the original staff of Fort Apache Studios, Ivo Watts-Russell, Steve Albini, Kristin Hirsch, Tanya Donelly, ex-wives, ex-husbands, and of course the band members themselves. The result is the closest approximation of the `truth' we're ever likely to get about this band. Thankfully, it's also a damn good read.

The thing I love about oral biographies, and this one in particular, is the Rashomon-like potential for differing subjective realities. If done well (this one is) about a worthy and sufficiently dramatic subject (check on that), a skilled author(s) can approach something more truthful than the truth - its not that the facts were recounted; its how they were recounted. The ways in which Charles (Black Francis) and Kim Deal differ in retelling the same event has more to say about the dynamic of their relationship than the actual validity of the event in question. Charles kicked a guitar at Kim during a show; that happened. But Charles' reasons why and Kim's recollection of Charles' reasons why provide the true insight. Even now, fifteen years on, the dynamic between these two still shines through. This is just one example; the book provides endless `truths', as any good oral biography will do. Fool the World just happens to do it better than most. This is required reading.
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