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Clarke gets behind the myth and gives a real insight into the band and the 'personal demons' of leader Thom. --What's On In London, December 10, 2003

About the Author

Journalist Martin Clarke specializes in books about alternative music. The author of Pearl Jam: None Too Fragile and Manic Street Preachers: Sweet Venom, he lives in London.

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Riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, and the pages fell out 5 Feb. 2013
By Jo - Published on
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If you LOVE Radiohead and you just HAVE to have some material to read and you're about to buy this book - seriously - STOP!!! You don't want the frustration that comes with this disgraceful waste of paper. It is absolutely riddled with spelling and grammatical errors - I cannot fathom how it came to be in print in this condition. It is SO riddled with errors that the reading of it was in no way relaxing. It was a frustratingly annoying experience. Quite honestly, even running it through a simple spell check could have pulled up half the errors... Who calls themselves a publisher and then inflicts this rubbish upon the world? ***Really***? And we haven't even reached the content yet. Sloppy slapped together mish mash of material that was written poorly (and I'm not talking about the aforementioned spelling and grammatical errors...) and in a bland uninviting style.

But that's not even the worst of it.

I'd had it no more than a week before a whole chunk of pages just dropped out. "But surely that's because you bend your covers back on themselves!!" I hear you cry. But alas, no. I do no such thing. It's just the nasty cheap binding that Plexus Publishing have used on their cheap nasty unedited book.

Do yourself a favour. Move away from the "add to cart" button now...
An OK start 4 Jan. 2011
By DLudvickson - Published on
This book is an OK start to exploring Radiohead's career, and to a casual fan infatuated with Thom Yorke, it's right on the money.

The writer, Martin Clarke, is clearly more of a die-hard fan than a rock journalist (in this case anyways, I don't know his credentials), and his constant un-objective fawning over the band can get a bit tedious to read at times. We know Radiohead are brilliant and genius... that's why we bought the book.

The beginning of their career is covered nicely (as written in the other reviews) and offers good insights into Thom's early life... the other members of the band are mentioned briefly, but from the beginning you get the impression that this is definitely more a book about Thom Yorke and Radiohead, opposed to Radiohead.

Some of the analysis offered regarding the albums is quite good, though it really skims all the information, and as a musician myself, really leaves a lot unexplored as to the process of their song writing and recording. For a band as musically innovative (and anti-corporate glitz) as Radiohead, this is where the real interest in the band lies, and a bit more information would've been great.

Not a bad start if you're looking to read more than one book on the band, or if you're a casual fan who is in love with Thom.
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