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The World History of Animation
The World History of Animation
by Stephen Cavalier
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The World History of Animation, 25 Nov 2011
This book represents a real labour of love. With a lovely Betty Boop cover and a great foreword by Sylvain Chomet, Stephen Cavalier has written a comprehensive book excellently covering all aspects of animation.

This includes its origins, such as Eadward Muybridge's sequential photos, French motion photographs, George Mèliés' important work A Trip to the Moon, Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur and other wonderful experimentation.

There are biographies of key animators from around the world, including Zlatko Grgic from Zagreb Film Studios, an excellent chronology of international animation from its origins up to 2010, lots of great photos of characters, scenes, and an excellent glossary covering all aspects and types of animation in detail.

There is info on studios as diverse as Disney, Studio Ghibli, Bruce Bickford, Paul Terry, and on and on. We get great detail on everything from Steamboat Willie to the stop-motion used in music videos for the White Stripes.

Why just four stars? It must be a copyright problem, but there are many articles with no illustrations. There are no images from any Warner Brothers work, no Ren and Stimpy, no Spongebob Squarepants, no Astro Boy, among others. This is, I'm sure, not the publisher's fault. The book is still excellent and highly recommended. Maybe I just wanted it to be perfect!

Nothing But Trouble - The Best Of 1966-1968
Nothing But Trouble - The Best Of 1966-1968
Price: £9.28

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Noise, 22 Oct 2008
Having been into Garage Punk, 60s R &B, Freak Beat and Psych for ages, I can't rate this collection highly enough. Picked up 'Revolution' some years ago, having read about it in an ancient 'Who Put the Bomp', on the Dutch music scene of the 60s and these guys can hold their heads high with the big boys from the States and UK. You don't have to make any allowances, this is primo stuff of the highest order.

Just like the Remains, why the hell weren't they bigger?

There are quite a few tracks from 'Revolution' and various singles. Oddly enough, there is no filler. Every choice is great, even the later tracks by 'Circus'.

This kicks off with 'Cry in the Night', with as great a sneer, snarling guitars and pounding drums as you'd like. The imperfect English pronunciation just makes it better, trust me.

There's other great stompers like 'It Came to Me', cool blues jams like 80% O, great covers of 'Spoonful' and 'I'm a Man', the classic 'The life I Lead' and the Bo Diddlyesque 'I Got Nightmares' etc.

They're eclectic, too. 'Just Who's in Sight' has kind of a Mazurka or Arabic sound with a flute solo, 'Sour Wine' uses a mandolin and harmonium and they are GOOD.

The only thing stopping my going through the whole list is time and the risk of tedium.

Great liner notes and photos too.

Just geddit, already. As it says on the back, 'You need this CD more than you need food'.

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