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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Stuart Maconie knows his Blur, 18 Jan. 2000
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This review is from: 3862 Days: The Official History of Blur (Paperback)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars This is most certainly not a low, 16 Feb. 2000
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This review is from: 3862 Days: The Official History of Blur (Paperback)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - even if not big fans of the group a must read!, 7 Oct. 1999
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for every blur fan, 30 Dec. 1999
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars a detailed account of their struggle for popdom, 5 Oct. 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars emotional, 5 Nov. 1999
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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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