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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (19 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826429165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826429162
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 0.8 x 16.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It was only a matter of time before a clever publisher realized that there is an audience for whom Exile on Main Street or Electric Ladyland are as significant and worthy of study as The Catcher in the Rye or Middlemarch...The series, which now comprises 29 titles with more in the words, is freewheeling and eclectic, ranging from minute rock-geek analysis to idiosyncratic personal celebration' --The New York Times Book Review

'One of the coolest publishing imprints on the planet.' --Bookslut

'Religious tracts for the nock 'n' roll faithful.' --Uncut (UK)

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Jeffrey T. Roesgen writes for Tiny Mix Tapes. He is currently working on his first anthology of short stories.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pj Beirne on 1 Nov. 2013
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I have a number of books in this series and they are very hit and miss. The Johnny Cash book is brilliant for example. This is awful. Only a few pages about the album all from sources you can get elsewhere. The rest of the book is fiction'. Save your money.
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More Analysis, Less Story Please 3 Nov. 2009
By Patrick Mc Coy - Published on Amazon.com
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The 33 1/3 series has taken on the classic Pogues album Rum, Sodomy & The Lash by Jeffery T. Roesgen. There have been many different approaches in this series-some that are traditional critical discussions others are more artistic. For example, Joe Pernice wrote a very entertaining novella about The Smith's album Meat Is Murder. Colin Meloy, of the Decembrists, wrote a compelling personal memoir about The Replacements' seminal album Let It Be. Roesgen tried to combine the two styles by writing a short story using historical references form sources of the painting used as the cover art about a disastrous sea voyage to Africa that ended in cannibalism and tragedy. I found myself skipping the narrative and reading the discussions of the songs from the album that were referenced by a number of sources and gave a lot of insight into the conception of the album. I think it would have been better id the author had focused on that and left the story of the ship, The Medusa out of it completely.
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Not Worth a Fiver in the Dark of an Alley 21 Jun. 2012
By John Wraith - Published on Amazon.com
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The majority of this book is a fictional sea story that's based on the Pogue's classic record. Unfortunately, the story is unintelligible unless (presumably?) you already know all the stuff the author should have included. There are parts, a few pages here and there, that discuss the album and the band in a straightforward way, but all that just adds up to a tease more than anything. If you put them all together, they may add up to a feature-length magazine article. In terms of the nautical story that makes up this book, however, it's utterly lacking in character development and narrative tension (or plot, for that matter).

One day when you don't have much to do at work, save yourself the time and the money and just look up this record on Wikipedia and follow the links about all the stuff that went into the songs. The songs have such an impressive historical and literary reach that you'll find a lot of rewarding info on Gallipoli, The Raft of Medusa, the lash, et cetera that will deepen the record if you look at it with an analytical eye. Wikipedia obviously won't have everything, but this book certainly does very little to fill in the gaps.

Rum, Sodomy & the Lash is one of the greatest LPs of all time and deserves a comprehensive book-length study, but this ain't it.
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