- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition, First Impression edition (16 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500513074
- ISBN-13: 978-0500513071
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 24.1 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pet Shop Boys: Catalogue Hardcover – 16 Oct 2006
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'Fans of Pet Shop Boys will love this book but, in truth, anyone with an interest in art, culture, design and music will find something of value to take away from the work' --The Sunday Business Post
'Seeing the duo's twenty-year pop career mapped through all their visual material gives an extraordinary insight into the band and the workings of the pop industry' --Grafik
'Quite exhaustive ... demonstartes that pop music can happily and readily be enhanced by a sophisticated aesthetic sensibility without becoming insufferably pompous' --The Evening Standard
'A portrait os sustained concentration, consistency and wit' --Blueprint
'Proves how consistently great artwork has been'
'Cements - and celebrates - Pet Shop Boys' peerless status in pop design'
'Shows how "the look" is as important to "pop" as the music itself' --GQ
'Handsome ... a pop culture feast' --Metro
'A gorgeously produced record of the boys' 20-year career, with incredible imagery and words' --The Observer Magazine
'A collection of images as beautiful, diverse, playful and avant-garde as any other collection I've had the pleasure of thumbing through' --The Word
'A doorstopper collection ... [includes] every image from their existence'
--The Sunday Telegraph
About the Author
Chris Heath is the author of Pet Shop Boys, Literally, Pet Shop Boys, Annually and Pet Shop Boys Versus America and, most recently, the instant bestseller Feel: Robbie Williams. Historian Philip Hoare has written critically acclaimed biographies of both Noel Coward and Stephen Tennant. He is also the author of Icons of Pop (1999) and Spike Island: The Memory of a Military Hospital (2001).
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Top Customer Reviews
It is just pure class - it is definately definitive and the boys should be absolutely proud of what is a marvellous piece of work. Well done. No really - well done!!!
It spans the entire career of the Pet Shop Boys up until the end of 2005.
Whether you have just discovered the music of PSB, or are an old fan like me, who owns most of their late 80s/early 90s output (though none of their recent material I have to say) this book is quite simply breathtaking.
Titled Pet Shop Boys Catalogue... it is exactly that.
From it's shiny silver outer cover (artwork from 'Suburbia' in case you wondered) this book is the definitive word on the career of PSB. Browsing through this book spanning 20 Years, I was bombarded with visuals, including all the record and CD sleeve artwork, videos, concerts and more besides. There are almost 2000 images contained inside this book (the majority in colour) making this a pure gem and a must-own item for anyone who enjoys (or used to enjoy) the music of PSB.
Laid out in a simplistic un-cluttered manner (much like their actual album covers), there are notes detailing each and every single/album/video release, going into depth regarding the artwork and the music itself. There are biographies and interviews, but more than anything else, this is all about the 'imagery' of PSB releases.
I dug out my old vinyl and CD singles (none of which had seen the light of day in well over a decade), reading about each release whilst listening to the music itself and a few hours later noticed that it had gone 1:00am (on a week night), I was so engrossed by this book.
If you own the Limited-edition triple-disc 'Introspective' LP, then you simply must own this book, as only a fan back-in-the-day would have purchased the 'Introspective' limited-edition... and if you were a fan back then, then you will appreciate the splendour of this book now.
I must also agree with one of the other reviewers who said more bands should have a book like this published, covering the releases throughout their careers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have chosen it for my own music collection of the PSB duo. The book has been received in optimal conditions.Published on 4 Feb. 2013 by Cosentino Andrea Mario
First I thought that this book would only consist of pictures but when it arrived I was surprised by the large amount of interesting text. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2010 by Synthboy
THIS BOOK ABOUT THE PET SHOP BOYS THROUGH THE YEARS, WAS BOUGHT AS A GIFT FOR MY SON FOR CHRISTMAS. I THINK IT WILL TAKE HIM QUITE A WHILE TO READ AS THERE IS SO MUCH INFO ON THE... Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2010 by Mrs. Elaine Kay
Even if you are not a pet shop boy fan, this will surelly like you. It's difficult to describe a so complete book, is fantastic the way videos, records and even looks are... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2010 by Jose Garcia Esteban
This is the best Pop book ever! The PETS have put all their heart & soul into this book! It's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!Published on 20 Nov. 2009 by NaNa
It is one of the most valuable gifts of Pet Shop Boys. It is a compulsory item for any fan. Worth every penny. It is pure pop art!Published on 19 July 2009 by Severino "Billy"