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A Sad and Happy Summer (Emmerdale Farm Book 5): Sad Happy Summer [Paperback]

Lee Mackenzie
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14 Feb 1978
Beck is 40 years of American music all rolled into one small frame. This biography follows his career from Los Angeles busker, to his first ever single, "Loser", to his status today as a musician considered by many to be extremely innovative. It also closely examines the man behind the music.
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  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Star Books, London; paperback / softback edition (14 Feb 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0352301422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0352301420
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,535,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the massive success of his very first single, the slacker-anthem Loser in 1994, to the release of albums such as Mutations and Midnite Vultures, Beck has consistently produced some of the most inventive and influential music of recent years. Despite significant critical and commercial success, however, little is known of the man himself. Rob Jovanovic's beautifully presented book seeks to rectify this omission.

In attempting to "closely examine the man behind the music", Jovanovic's chief obstacle has been his lack of access to Beck himself, this determining that the majority of the information given is well-arranged but essentially second-hand extracts from past media pieces. However, while the results of such cut-and-paste biographies are often disappointing, the combination of Beck's often inspired responses to standard music journalist's questions(such as his description of his debut album as "a satanic K-Tel record that's been found in a trash dumpster") and the attention to detail displayed throughout ensure an interesting, often amusing read. Details are given of every song Beck has recorded, along with analyses of his artwork, videos and TV performances, all accompanied by illuminating though brief interviews with fellow musicians and producers.

Ultimately, it could be said that Beck's music may well be deserving of amore incisive investigation, of the kind Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head afforded the Beatles. In the meantime, though, Jovanovic's book provides an excellent overview of a fine artist. --Steve Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As someone interested in all things "Beck" I was very impressed with this book. It was not just filled with references to his clippings and past interviews although they are there too. Everything from his life story to the inspiration for his art, including the artwork on his albums, titles and lyrics. Definately a worthy effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Justice is done! 26 Mar 2000
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Rob does a good job taking an unknown star and providing insight to the man Beck. He offers a list of all music and comments on that to help one study and understand this genius. Long live Beck and long live Rob!
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I must give my congratulations to Rob J. This book must have taken so much time and research, because it describes (in great detail) EVERYTHING that relates to Beck Hansen in any way at all possible. It is complete with a very indepth bio, as well as a full and complete discography and a list of every concert Beck has done since his Mellow Gold days. Beck! On a Backwards River is truly amazing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 8 Jan 2002
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I'm a pretty big Beck fan, but this book rambled on and on. The author put in so much detail about people I slightly cared about, that I skimmed a lot of the material. It felt like a magazine article that had been padded up to make a book. I feel like I know very little more about Beck than when I started reading. I guess if you're into statistical information with regards to who played on what song and who directed which video (this information takes up half of the book) and what songs Beck played at each appearance, you'd like this book. As for me, I expected to learn more about Beck as a person and have more insights into his songs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Seems like all filler... 19 Nov 2002
By "therevolutionwillsaveus" - Published on Amazon.com
The first few chapters of this book were good, Jovanovic had material on Beck's childhood and how he started as a musician. Then as soon as the book gets to the part when Beck releases Mellow Gold it gets boring. I, personally do not like Jovanovic at all. He acts like he is a music buff. He says Cake copies Beck. If anyone has heard Cake, then they know they sound nothing like Beck. They're completely different and unique. He needs more information to back up claims like that. I didn't flip through the book before I got it, and the 2nd half is all boring nonsense about individual songs, videos and art. It wasn't about Beck as a person at all.
A tad boring, but If your a hardcore Beck fan, then it's worth a read.
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