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"Radiohead" - Welcome to the Machine: "Ok Computer" and the Death of the Classic Album Paperback – 8 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chrome Dreams (8 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842403885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842403884
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Radiohead" - Welcome to the Machine Considered one of the defining albums of the 1990s, Radiohead's "OK Computer" was released at a pivotal point in music history--during one of the last years when an album was meant to be listened to in its entirety and songs were not yet available for individual download. This guide provides track-by-track dissection of every song produced during the "OK Computer" recording sessions, including B-s... Full description


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Radiohead have been the subject of many, many books, and it might have seemed difficult to develop a new angle. But by focusing on one album, and looking at the music, movies, books, politics and other factors that influenced its creation, Footman has come up with a really good read. You might not agree with everything he says - I certainly don't - but he's an intelligent, articulate writer, whose enthusiasm made me want to listen to the album again (hadn't for a couple of years). Also, for those of you who think Radiohead are just doom and gloom merchants, he's got a real sense of humour, sometimes at the expense of the band and their too-serious fans. This book is highly recommended. Give it a go.
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This book is good. Not sycophantic. Well researched. Nicely Paced. I think it will satisfy the die hard fans, and the casual fans- Its as much a piece about pop culture and sociology in 1997 as it is about okc.
Agree with previous reviewer. Would also add if you have to get a radiohead book, I would recommend this one. The 'story' of radiohead approached in other books isnt that interesting, but this, the story of their music, is fascinating.
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I really enjoyed this book. It beautifully captures the spirit of the band and the music. It's comprehensive, but you don't have to be an obsessive to get a lot out of it. What appealed to me most was the good thinking and good writing. I don't usually review books on Amazon, but this one stands out for me. Best enjoyed mellowing out with a glass and the music playing.
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The iconic band Radiohead. This is such an interesting read about a band that shuns publicity. If you have an interest in Radiohead, who makes up the band, how they all work together, how they met, touring, relationships etc, then this is for you.
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HASH(0x8fd3bb58) out of 5 stars Just Superb 10 Feb. 2008
By Tommy Tandori - Published on Amazon.com
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Although i've been a fan of RH for a number of years, I've never read any books about them - until this one. I found it to be a really excellent read and a very original concept. Working on two parallel themes - firstly, how the band emerged and by the time of their third album produced one of the finest records of all time [OKC regularly comes top in 'best album of all time' lists, although probably more often in Europe than in the USA}, taking in the band's influences [music, literature, films, politics etc]their uniqe brand of ambition, and the various input from the individual members. The seond theme regards the state of the music industry and the world at the time of release - 1997 - and the author makes a superb argument about OKC being the last, complete, classic 'album' - after this most decent records were simply a collection of tracks - often produced with the downloader, playlist or cherry picker in mind. Radiohead of course took a while to fully embrace this technology, but by 2007's 'In Rainbows' had emerged as the most savvy players on the planet in this regard.
Quite simply a fascinating read, that goes way beyond the often pedestrian and limited appeal of the average rock biog. My only reservation is that certain indiviadual arguments are skipped over a bit too quickly, without fully expanding on the theory - although this does open the debate for the comments of others - i wonder if a site exists where readers can add theior own arguments - this one could run and run......
Recommended.
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HASH(0x90042c60) out of 5 stars Awesome read 29 Sept. 2008
By B. Kutzler - Published on Amazon.com
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From what I've heard, many biographies of Radiohead are a bit pointless, regardless of quality, because Radiohead's career is still far from over, so these books are by no means getting the full story. This book is different in that it focuses on a period of Radiohead's career, specifically the background of, creation of, content of, and aftermath of their 1997 classic "OK Computer". Although this book covers info as recent as "Hail to the Thief" in a chapter at the end about Radiohead's post-"OK Computer" career, "OK Computer" is the story here. And what an excellent job it does. There's a chapter detailing each song, the recording of the whole album, the sequencing of the album as a whole, the album artwork, the album's reception... The whole thing is extremely comprehensive and well-sourced. Highly recommended for fans.
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HASH(0x90044558) out of 5 stars Entertaining, but no revelations present. 25 Feb. 2010
By ROSEMARIE GORZE - Published on Amazon.com
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In brief, the book is well written, but falls victim to the same problems that almost all media of this type fall to. The author speculates the majority of what he writes (and he is, to his credit, up front regarding this at the start of the book) because without direct artist reference via artist commentary, that is all he can do. The book attempts to tie in political, sociological and historical data from the time into the creation of the album, often making connections that, while fairly well thought out, are purely speculation and nothing more. Most artists, Radiohead included, obfuscate thier influences as much as possible. They want you to look in one direction, but the truth lies in another. This is common, as no one wants to look like a clone (btw -- I'm not in any way knocking Radiohead -- I truly think they create some of the most interesting music Ive heard in the last 30 years). This book also to some extent, over intellectualizes the music, but again, this is common dealing with Radiohead. In that way they are comparable to John Lennon, who while certainly a very intelligent man, often had things he wrote and said over-analyzed to such an extent that much more was made of them than he originally intended. Radiohead don't play this up as much as Lennon did, but it's there, no doubt. At the end of the day, it's an interesting read, but not to be taken too seriously.
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