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Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
by Peter Hook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!, 11 July 2014
Reading this book was like listening to the pub bore for an evening (or ten). The worst parts are when he tries to go all musical on the reader without realizing he doesn't know what he's talking about. I challenged myself to finish the book but bailed out just near the end. Peter Hook was in the right place at the right time and Joy Division and New Order are important bands. I really don't think the world needs another lads tales of booze, birds and juvenile hi-jinks. If that's what you're after, read the Motley Crue book - it's more entertaining.


Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds
Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds
by Christopher Zara
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.15

1.0 out of 5 stars Awful and patronizing, 26 Jun 2014
Oh dear! I mistakenly expected a book full of insight into the psychological make-up of artists, and the pain that drives them. Instead I got a rushed,intellectually shallow, psychology-lite 'toilet' book. What was potentially an interesting subject was crushed into lame titbits and worse, puerile jokes at the artists themselves. One thing for sure is that the author doesn't qualify as an artist. Utter garbage.


Compassion Fatigue (1-8) [Explicit]
Compassion Fatigue (1-8) [Explicit]
Price: £7.92

5.0 out of 5 stars 'Nothing short of a triumph', 13 April 2014
'Compassion Fatigue' is nothing short of a triumph. Its initial interest lying in the fact that track one is exactly one minute long in the key of A, track two is two minutes in the key of B and so on, it is made special by the sheer originality and aggression on show. Do yourself a favour and buy this album to witness on of the most intelligent, interesting and original concepts you will ever hear from a man who often borders on genius. - Paul Scott-Bates @ Louder Than War


Melancholia
Melancholia
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 'Visceral, direct and beautiful'., 28 Mar 2013
This review is from: Melancholia (MP3 Download)
This record sounds like PiL, The Sisters Of Mercy and Lee 'Scratch' Perry all jamming together, with Reaks' evocative vocals weaving in and out of the lush synth textures and tribal rhythms. Someone once tried to describe a Hawkwind album to me by
outstretching his arm, drawing a spiral with his finger,and stating that ''it goes round and round like
this'', which is exactly what Melancholia does - it's a sometimes chaotic fusion of instruments and rootsyinfluences all held in place by immense dub basslines worthy of Jah Wobble. 'Melancholia' proves that clever and carefully constructed music can still be visceral, direct and beautiful.

Duncan Evans

Sandman magazine


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