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Joe Pernice
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27 Jan 2011 33 1/3
A Catholic high school near Boston in 1985. A time of suicides, gymnasium humiliations, smoking for beginners, asthma attacks, and incendiary teenage infatuations.

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  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (27 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082641494X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826414946
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 11.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Local singer/songwriter and now first-time novelist Joe Pernice seems to have near total emotional recall, in the same way a great athlete possesses top-notch muscle memory. The result is that the bulk of his creative output proves to be as viscerally convincing as it is deeply felt...His emotionally precise imagery can be bluntly, chillingly personal...His well-developed sense of character, plot and pacing shows that he has serious promise as a novelist."" --Weekly Dig

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Joe Pernice is the singer and songwriter for The Pernice Brothers. Their most recent album is called Yours, Mine & Ours. He has published a book of poetry. This is his first work of fiction.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By pez_75
...written, this is part of the thirty-three-and-a-third series by Joe Pernice. The author is a musician himself and I personally am a fan of his music (The Pernice Brothers being his most recent incarnation) and even moreso of the Smiths.
The story is a chapter in the life of a teenager, and his ongoing relationships around him, at the time when he was obsessed by this particular album. It is a well-written and perceptive book, and is well worth a read, regardless of whether you are a fan of the Smiths.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Smiths book _not_ about The Smiths 28 April 2004
This book really is fantastic. It's part of an ongoing series of bookspublished by Continuum press, each about a specific album.
Whereas the other titles have been mostly _about_ the albums (analysis ofthe content, stores about the making of, etc.) Joe Pernice's book is anovella. In it, he recounts a semi-autobiographical tale of growing up ina working class suburb in the US, going to a Catholic School, feeling likean outsider, obsessing about girls, and falling in love with the titularSmiths record.
One reviewer here complained that the book wasn't about The Smiths at all.I think he missed the point. I'd have thought that the story recountedhere ... one of loneliness and alientation, would have been familiar to99% of Smiths fans. The book is beautifully written, witty, and capturesthe essence of everything The Smiths stood for.
(While you're at it, why not also buy "Yours, Mine & Ours" by JoePernice's band, The Pernice Brothers. It was easily the best album of 2003
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best 33 1/3 - what a great little book! 21 Feb 2007
I am not a fan of Joe Pernice's music needing to like the book too. I'm not a fan of the music. The book though really is excellent. People write reviews of funny novels saying how often they laughed but I don't agree. This book though was hilarious. Don't expect a run-down of the songs as in my 2nd favourite of this series, on 'There's A Riot Goin' On'. It's not so specific. It's more a better version of the still good 33 1/3 book on 'Let It Be' (By Replacements.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great novella 18 May 2010
No, it's not a standard analysis of the LP. This is a novella that tells a very engaging story about how it felt to be a Smiths fan in Boston in the mid-1980s. Very readable, funny and sad.

The open-minded 33 1/3 reader will get a lot out of it.

Never heard the author's music but - on the basis of this - might investigate.
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