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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently researched, 19 Jun. 2003
If you're as obsessive about these three bands as myself, you've probably ordered this book already. However, if you balked at the price, you've made a mistake and should order it forthwith.
This is a remarkable book, full of insights from the main players, especially Balance, Tibet, and Stapleton, but you also get the views from their associates at various points in their careers, from the likes of Danielle Dax, and Jim Thirwell(Foetus). What really marks this book out from the ordinary band biography, is the insights into the characters of each of these legends. David Tibet comes across as highly intelligent and honest about his work, John Balance more introverted than you would expect from his Coil persona, and Steve Stapleton has so little time for anyone else's music, unless it was early 70's German rock, it seems remarkable that he's still a recording artist.
That phrase though, sums up what these three bands are all about. They are recording 'artists', and as such, David Keenan has done an excellent job in chronicling their various musical and non-musical progressions.


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