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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2000
I'm a bit of a Blur completist and get hold of just about every product they bring out - including this. The fact that the book is written by Stuart Maconie adds instant cred. He has supported the band and practicularly "stalked" them on tour and in the recording studio from the start - if anybody knows their story, he does. He is obviously a big mate of the band as is evident from the epilogue where he writes about having dinner with Damon and looking around Alex's flat, yet he manages to avoid heaping too much praise on everything the band have ever written - probably because not everything they've released has been completely great. What this book does give you is the story of how Seymour became Blur, how they have so far released six albums (Maconie comments on just about every track on every album which are the bits of the book I found particularly interesting), the whole Oasis thing plus how Damon found success with the classic 'Parklife' album but was at the same time cracking-up. Nice cartoons, embarassing school photos, even a cover designed by Graham make this worth getting hold of. Good title too. Out of all Blur's 10th Anniversary Celebrations (the box-set, the exhibition, the gigs, the DVD...) this book was probably the best thing to come out of it all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2000
This book is fantastic. I've been a fan of Blur since 1992, and this book is perfect for any long serving fan, but also offers tremendous insight for the uninitiated many, who will put this book down having gained a whole new idea of who Blur are. The detail included doesn't decrease its readability, and is credit to Maconie for his editing from what must have been hundreds of hours of interviews. A Fitting book for a top band.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 1999
I have been a fan of Blur for some years and have read many books in the past that have attempted to explain their history. However, after reading this book, I can quite honestly say that nothing else I have read before comes close. Nothing else has told secrets not previously discussed and explained the bands story so well. The stylish writing style of Maconie coupled with the band themselves contributing makes this book a gem to read - the reader feels compelled to keep on reading through every chapter. Any genuine lover of British music will enjoy this book, even if not big fans of the group - excellent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 1999
this book has quotes and mixed fellings from all for members of the fab group also commments from behind the scenes people. an excellent insiders view of blur growing up and graham and alex at goldsmiths-great!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 1999
This book was a great choice for me as I'm a mega blur fanatic. Other books that i've read on them, like the jon ewing book was a little negative sided. This book had their down sides and their best points which every blur fan wants to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 1999
What can I say, I find it hard to read books, since most books fail to keep me interested after page 2, but this book is what a book should be, I can't fault it, very emotional, you cheer when they succeed, you are upset when they argue!
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It's a shame that what is probably still the best Blur book is so pricey these days, but if you're an avid fan, you'll want to track this one down this 1999 paperback whatever the price. With Blur back at number one at the moment with the album The Magic Whip, I would love to see this book re-released and updated.

'3862 Days' is the official, authorised history of the band, an elegantly written book that is both factual and entertaining. Writer Stuart Maconie knows his Blur like the back of his hand, and had unique access to all of them. This word-heavy, but very comprehensive guide traces the lads' career from their modest art school beginnings to international pop stardom, and all the many ups-and-downs they faced along the way. It contains large chunks of direct quotes from revealing and candid interviews from each of the band members themselves, and I learned so much about these men from all kinds of different perspectives, including when and how Damon lost his virginity!

What we have is a real insider's guide behind the phenomenon that is Blur, with just about everything you might wish to know about. As a real fan of the music, I enjoyed reading about each of the album in such detail, as well as just about every Blur song I could think of.

If you're a keen fan, or just love British music in general, '3862 Days' is the Blur bible for any curious or devotee. It's excellent title was the band's suggestion, and a reference to the timescale between the lads' first ever meeting, right up to the publication of the book. As well as a lot of text, the paperback also contains some special cartoon drawings, and some great pictures of the band, particularly some embarrassing, but wonderful to see school photographs of each of the boys. The cover illustration (which differs from the blue one currently shown on this page) is by Graham himself.
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