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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum (11 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441186050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441186058
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 1.5 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[Waterman's book] will delight both Television fans and nostalgists of seventies punk-era New York. http: //eastvillage.thelocal.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/five-questions-with-bryan-waterman-author-of-marquee-moon/#more-22304 --New York Times

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Bryan Waterman teaches American literature and culture at New York University. His previous books include, with Cyrus R. K. Patell, The Cambridge Companion to the Literatures of New York City.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacopo Ghioldi on 9 Sept. 2013
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The book is very well documented, but it gives not so much an insight of Television's music as an insight on the contest in which Marquee Moon was born.

At times sound a bit redundant in its being so thorough, the author did his homework indeed which is good, but can be a bit boring sometimes.

Almost no juicy anectodtes on song composing, nor studio trickery and all that: in case you like these sort of things.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kev8372 on 28 Mar. 2013
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I would suggest that Mr Waterman should read John Perry's excellent entry in to this series on Hendrix's Electric Ladyland to see how a book like this should be done. At £6 for less than 200 pages, it's fairly shocking that the album in question doesn't get a look in until over three quarters of the way through the book, and even then each song is given a cursory 2 or 3 page "analysis"
What's worse is the thinness of the analysis. I admit i had set ny bar high expecting something along the lines of Ian MacDonald's mighty "Revolution in the Head" or Simon Goddards equally exhaustive tome on the Smiths.
Instead we get 150 pages of second or third hand gossip. And 30 year old gossip at that. If i wanted a who's who of the CBGB scene i's have read Clinton Heylin. Oh wait. i have read Clinton Heylin. And Love goes to buildings on fire. And the hundreds of interviews, articles and essays that are miles better than this.
I wanted a book about "Marquee Moon" the album, not another "and richard said to Tom, and Tom said to Patti and Patti said to Debbi" account from someone who was 12 at the time and living in Nowhere, Idaho.
AND THEN when we finally get to the album, what does our Bryan have to say? What does he latch his insight to, when analyzing an album that set the sonic template for the next 30 years, that featured not One but TWO of the best guitarist of their era? The LYRICS!!!! Even with lyrical Titans like Dylan or Waits, the words are only half the story. With a songwriter as oblique as Verlaine, your on a long ride to nowhere there my friend. Especially when you get the words wrong. (it's fly a Phantom, not fly a fountain. Try reading the sleeve next time)
My advice. Borrow a copy off this off anyone who's got it. Read the bibliography, and then go and read them. Don't waste your time with this dreck
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By Hud on 19 Oct. 2014
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So I know nothing about the era or the place where Television lived and made their music. For me, therefore, its great that this book was written about, for what is for most people, an obscure album. I love Marquee Moon of course. I liked this book. Easy to read, and takes you deep into the micro-cosm out of which such magic emerged.
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