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Peridot Gemstone Chip Bracelet
Peridot Gemstone Chip Bracelet
Offered by Fairies & Pixies
Price: £3.24

1.0 out of 5 stars Total waste of money, 3 Jun. 2016
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While the gems are a very small, convenient size and delivery was fast, the band snapped the second I tried to put it on and I barely stretched it. Rubber bands have more durability than this product. It didn't even last a minute out of the packaging.

Total waste of money.


Iggy Pop: Open Up And Bleed: The Biography
Iggy Pop: Open Up And Bleed: The Biography
by Paul Trynka
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, engaging, 5 Aug. 2008
Knowing nothing about Iggy Pop (beyond his music) before I picked up this book, there was always the guarentee I would end up loaded with new Pop knowledge, but this still feels like an extremely well researched book.
What makes this book so good, is not so much the in-depth research, but the way it was written. It is probably the most engaging book I have read. Not once did I want to put it down and go and do something else.


Uptight: The Story of the "Velvet Underground" (Classic Rock Reads)
Uptight: The Story of the "Velvet Underground" (Classic Rock Reads)
by Victor Bockris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more could you need?, 5 Aug. 2008
This book combines a standard biography and a mass of interviews with everyone involved, meaning it also feels a bit "in their own words", which is still brilliant. Due to the original books publishing date, it means that interviews were conducted with the likes of Nico and Warhol, as well as (almost literally) everyone ever involved with the Velvets. The fact that it pre-dates the deaths of many key players means such an in-depth look at the band will never again be made.
The sections which aren't 'in their own words' are very well researched, and extremely well written, meaning this book stays ingaging to the end.
The update does have a 'quickly stuck on' feel to it, but it remains interesting.


All Yesterdays' Parties: "The Velvet Underground" in Print, 1966-1971
All Yesterdays' Parties: "The Velvet Underground" in Print, 1966-1971
by Heylin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Velvet freaks only, 5 Aug. 2008
This book is not a biography of the band. For a good one of them you need look no further than Uptight. This book is a collection of all the bands press cuttings printed between 1966 and 1971. As such, this is a book recommended only for people who love The Velvet Underground, to anyone else this book would serve no purpose.
There is a very brief (25 page) sum-up of the band at the beginning, and from then on it's reviews and articles chronologically. The articles show the level of acceptance and understanding the band received (more than most people would have you believe) and the difficulty they encountered outliving the Warhol association.
The style and ability to hold interest can't be critised, for that would mean critising each individual journalist within the book.


Metal Machine Music
Metal Machine Music
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Price: £3.76

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ?????, 24 July 2008
This review is from: Metal Machine Music (Audio CD)
In a review of its original release, Metal Machine Music got a mark of ?????. It is either the best example of art and imagination being turned into music, or the world's greatest joke. Personally, I think it's both, as I kept getting the giggles when I listened to it.
The statement of Metal Machine Music was that at what point does music turn into noise, and at what point does noise turn into music. There are points in this album where the headache inducing noise starts to form some sort of a tune, but nowhere near one that could be cut and released as a single.
If you can listen to Metal Machine Music in full, then you can listen to anything, and you are extremely open minded musically. If you can't, there's nothing wrong with that whatsoever. As a piece of music in the conventional sense, this is the worst album ever made. But then, the albums objective was to challenge just what exactly music is, and for doing that, it's the greatest album ever made.

If you're looking for the sort of catchy tunes Reed showed he could write on Transformer, avoid this album like the plague. If you're going to buy this album, buy it from a shop, that way you can get your money back easier.


Bit Of A Blur: The Autobiography
Bit Of A Blur: The Autobiography
by Alex James
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want a detailed account of Blur, get 3862 Days, 7 Jun. 2008
As this is the autobiography of Alex James. Which he makes very clear. If you want an insiders memories of the band, Albarn or Coxons autobio is the one to wait for (probably Albarns if you want stuff about Think Tank).
There is very little focus on the band in the 2nd half of the book, whereas about half of the first involves aspects of the band. There isn't really a need for him to detail the band, there are 2 books already that do that, The Last Party (or Britpop, depending on which edition you get) and 3862 Days. The latter does go into far more detail as it's purely about the band, although it was published in 1999, so it does need an updated re-issue.
This is the book about HIS life, not the bands, and for what it is, it's very good. From the lifestyle he seems to have lead, he really must have written this down before hand, as events would be hard to remember after his nights.
Overall, a very funny book that shows the downsides of rock and roll hedonism, and how you can turn your life around. As he said, "It's horrid being in a rut, no matter how nice the rut looks from the outside."


David Bowie's "Low" (33 1/3)
David Bowie's "Low" (33 1/3)
by Hugo Wilcken
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic if you've heard Low, and not read any other Bowie books, 21 May 2008
Like me. I've not read any others. Yet. Going to get one soon. So I can't say whether you'll find better detail in another book. But if you love Low (which would be the reason you're looking at this book), you'll love this book.

I read this in one go (not hard, these books are tiny), it took me a morning.

It's better than the other books of the 33 1/3 series I've read because it doesn't just look at the actual music. It does look at the music, of course, and then in very good detail. But it also looks at the factors that effect the music and the recording, for example, the place it was recorded in, Bowie's life at the time, other projects Bowie was involved in at the time (e.g. Iggy Pop's The Idiot), and other records released at the time of a similar vein. All these factors help place the book into a historical context, which the other 33 1/3 books I've read lack.

This book was a good starting point for me, as I've only really heard Bowie's Berlin trilogy, and has wetted my appetite for more Bowie. I shall be raiding my mum's record collection (she's the Bowie fan in this house) for more. And buying at least 1 more book about Bowie's work.

Writing this review has made me want to read it again.


Radiohead - OK Computer - A Classic Album Under Review [DVD] [2006]
Radiohead - OK Computer - A Classic Album Under Review [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Radiohead
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A proper review, 10 May 2008
First complaint. The voiceover. Dull, dull, dull. He could do with sounding more interested in what he's talking about, rather than as if he's been pushed into a studio, given a script, and told "Just say it and you can go".

This starts off with a detailed analysis of the album artwork.
The reviewers then go into a detailed track by track of analysis. Rather than resorting to the standard babbling about Yorke's lyrics being brilliant, you get their opinion of the themes of each song, and the meaning behind each song, and possible events to have influenced the song, whether personal to the band, political, or world effecting. The mood and spirit with which each song is performed with. Dai Griffiths is an interesting addition, as he looks into the structure of the music, rather than the lives of Radiohead. In his bits, he downplays Radioheads 'brilliance', to the point you'd think they were average, by comparing certain sections of their songs to other songs. Griffiths helps to make this a well rounded review, adding how the structures add to the mood as much as how it's played and the lyrics.
The last few minutes look at the critical reception of the album, and then the Glastonbury performance.

This DVD isn't just a praise of Radiohead. It is a proper review.


Radiohead - The DVD Box [2DVD] [2008] [NTSC]
Radiohead - The DVD Box [2DVD] [2008] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Radiohead
Price: £5.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Computer - A Classic Album Under Review and Homework, 10 May 2008
This boxset combines these 2 documentaries.

Homework:

10 minutes into a 50 minute documentary and they're still talking about On A Friday. 20 minutes in and they start talking about Creep.
25 minutes in and they start talking about Ok Computer, completely skipping The Bends, so much in fact the name isn't even mentioned.
30 minutes in and they start on Kid A. And the musical style of it gets at most 30 seconds of description. The rest is the albums anti-marketing scheme.
35 minutes and they're on Amnesiac, which gets at most 5 seconds of musical description. Then they go onto how it was marketed, which they spend all of 2 minutes on. Then they go onto Radioheads role in charities. This bit is probably the best bit of the documentary, as it does feature interviews with some charity owners, and has detail into the bands involvement.
After the talk about the UK Amnesiac gig, the documentary suddenly starts to back track, and talks about Kid A gigs.
With 5 minutes left, they start talking about Hail to the Thief. It starts talking about events surrounding the recording of the album, and afterwards, 10 seconds of musical description.

The 'exclusive interviews' are mostly with shop owners, members of bands that grew up in the same place as Radiohead, and Tim Footman whose book on Radiohead was very good, but was also unofficial, and was pure speculation on Ok Computers influences rather than fact. Footman delivers his talk on Radiohead in a dull manner and pretentious manner, as if he knows the band better than anyone, but in fact he has had nothing to do with them since school, and it's hard to sit through him. The interviews with the band are in fact clips from shows like MTV, in which very little is actually said by the band themselves. The majority of what the interviewee's say could be summed up as "Radiohead are great", which all very well said, but it needs an explanation WHY, which we don't get, this is supposed to be a documentary, not a film of mindless fans.

Large amounts of this documentary are filled by clips of the sort of thing that would be Radiohead lyric material, which would be ok if they had people talking over it, but they don't. That's called filling. Unless these parts are in fact the 'previously unseen footage'.

This DVD would be good for someone who knows nothing, and I mean literally nothing about Radiohead. However, you can learn far, far more about the band off Wikipedia. Wikipedia is free, this isn't. Don't waste your money.

OK Computer - A Classic Album Under Review:

First complaint. The voiceover. Dull, dull, dull. He could do with sounding more interested in what he's talking about, rather than as if he's been pushed into a studio, given a script, and told "Just say it and you can go".

This starts off with a detailed analysis of the album artwork.
The reviewers then go into a detailed track by track of analysis. Rather than resorting to the standard babbling about Yorke's lyrics being brilliant, you get their opinion of the themes of each song, and the meaning behind each song, and possible events to have influenced the song, whether personal to the band, political, or world effecting. The mood and spirit with which each song is performed with. Dai Griffiths is an interesting addition, as he looks into the structure of the music, rather than the lives of Radiohead. In his bits, he downplays Radioheads 'brilliance', to the point you'd think they were average, by comparing certain sections of their songs to other songs. Griffiths helps to make this a well rounded review, adding how the structures add to the mood as much as how it's played and the lyrics.
The last few minutes look at the critical reception of the album, and then the Glastonbury performance.

This DVD isn't just a praise of Radiohead. It is a proper review.

Ultimatly, don't bother with this boxset. The inclusion of Homework is a waste of money. Get OK Computer - A Classic Album Under Review on its own.


In Rainbows
In Rainbows
Price: £9.05

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Their safest album yet, 10 May 2008
This review is from: In Rainbows (Audio CD)
In Rainbows is Radioheads most accessible album. It sounds very nice, and is a brilliant blend of electronica and rock. A blend to the point nearly of average. It isn't up to the standard of works like OK Computer and Kid A. It feels like their happiest album. Some of the songs have been around in live form for a while, but haven't been finished up. This makes it feel like a bit of a b-sides album, which it isn't. It is better than that.

The release system is what this album will be mostly remembered for. It was a revolutionary to the marketing industry, as Kid A was to electronica. The music however, doesn't live up to the release system.


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