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Critique of Everyday Life Set: Volumes 1-3
Critique of Everyday Life Set: Volumes 1-3
by Henri Lefebvre
Edition: Paperback

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars melange of ideas that float in a sea of others', 4 Nov 2010
I bought all three tomes. Read them all. On finishing the first volume I thought I'd just read an expansion on the ideas expounded in Horkheimer/Adorno's "Dialectic of Enlightenment", but with nothing much more to it than a vague reference to such theories as a supposed methodology for critiquing post world war two consumer society- in France. Nothing concrete, just wishy-washy, academic, speculative supposition.

Volume two read to me like half digested and randomly regurgitated spatterings of the Situationist Internationals "thesis". That is to say that there is nothing in volume two that the Situationists didn't theorise more eloquently, rigorously, concisely and insightfully in their own publications; not to mention accurately.

As for volume three of this set, I have no idea really what he was trying to grapple with. It reminded me of the rhapsodic reverie Lefebvre had in volume one about the sojourn he took in the French countryside except this time transposed to post-1980s modernity.

Metal Box: Stories from John Lydon's Public Image Limited
Metal Box: Stories from John Lydon's Public Image Limited
by Phil Strongman
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great insight into a really significant musical epoch, 4 Nov 2010
This tome covers the excessive trials and tribulations of all the members of one of the true original pioneers of a musical landscape that would otherwise have been half as shimmering without their output.

Fortunately nay a word is uttered by the execrable John Lydon. His input into pil was no more than celebrity profile. For some inane reason he supposed that he had the creative fortitude to continue this enterprises integrity without those with such. More fool him. As has been borne out since the forced departure of messers Wobble, Levene, Lydon has been incapable of delivering diddly squat on a par the former pair were able to sustain sponge Lydon with.

I respect anything Wobble, Levene and Walker have to say about their involvement with the torturous undertaking that was pil. (For a glimpse of the imperious psychosis they would've had to deal with in the form of one Lydon, catch the Tom Snyder interview with Lydon and Levene on YouTube; kids will find it amusing and "rebellious", but Lydon really is an imperious nothing of a nobody that should never have been.)

I do not have an ounce of regard for any of the forked tongue rot that issues from John Lydon's irrational mouth. He is a very poor reproduction of his hero Malcolm Mclaren. He thinks he's a McLaren protoge of sorts but comes off as an ignorant dilequent for naive halfwits to worship. Lydon proclaims with insistence what complete honesty he speaks. He is a charlatan, phoney, fake and first rate poseur. McLaren was a genius.

All in all this book is essential for those who are fans of the essential early pil (first three albums). It helps elucidate why such magnificent beauty was destroyed ala Dorian Gray, ie: the ugly souless filth at the centre of it all.

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