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England's Hidden Reverse - A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground
England's Hidden Reverse - A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground
by Dave Keenan
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing�unbalanced account, 9 Sept. 2003
I am a compulsive Coil fan and I really anticipated reading Keenan's book. Sadly my disappointment was manifest, as most of the book seems to be a series of pieces derived from previously published material. Early on, Keenan needed to distinguish between the various players in the Industrial genre. Most of those he mentions (C93, Coil, NWW, TG) have an appreciation of the darker side of human behaviour and nature - as something to be explored rather repressed as Keenan asserts. Keenan makes no mention of the progression of Bands like Crisis who began as a dramatically anti-fascist, but as time progressed, the members increasingly romanticized German WWII imagery and themes and the line between fascism blurred. Death In June, which Tibet collaborated with, are often referred to by those in the know as a straight on Nazi band. What gives? Good news--the book is beautifully finished, excellent cover and typeset, but this does little to make up for Keenan's prose, which is bloated and baroque to the extreme. Finally, his constant fawning over Tibet is appalling. Leaves this reader feeling extremely short-changed. C-
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