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imagine sleeping in tomorrow
on 14 August 2009
imagine waking up tomorrow, all writing has disappeared. all books, all forms of written notation gone.
a world without words.
what is more, you cannot even remember your last good read or what it was about. you only remember that it had existed, that it had been important to your civilisation.
and you long to read something once more.
then imagine bill drummond throwing some thoughts together with nothing but diatribe and lazy aknowledgement of what a good read is.
im being slightly unfair, but this is the least entertaining of drummond's works to date.
whereas the first 2 parts of the bad wisdom trilogy are rollercoaster reads of deconstructed madness and works such as 45 are gloriously entertaining anecdotal joys, this is however, a largely unexciting half-baked diatribe. stronger editing could doubtless have made this a much more rewarding book.
there are many interesting toughts in the book, but with little depth to back them up on deeper analysis, it is much more a personal voyage through the author's distaste with popular music. riddled with contradictions (though he happily acknowledges this) he is at times aware of its flaws, yet is happy to plow on in a rather freewheeling style.
that drummond is a very good writer is undeniable, but here his mildy deconstructed approach reads instead as a tad lazy and unfocused. constantly disengaging from his narrative and sparse in atmospheric detail the overall effect is of a a dragged out and overlong work, with the feel that he has already used up most of his best music business anecdotes.....leaving us with a largely unedited, freestyle diary.
it will make you think, but unfortunately one of those thoughts will be 'how many pages are left?'
some great ideas but they tend to come from his already well documentated distaste with the music business; and it is their personal nature that stops it from being a better considered analysis of where we are with music. he is happy to accept this is pertinent mainly to himself, but it leaves the reader desparate for more consideration.
one for (big) fans only and certainly not the place to start if you havent read any of his previous works (go instead for the wonderful '45' or the delightfully distasteful and esoteric 'bad wisdom').
still it does make you think, even if often in disagreement.
roll on the 3rd part of the bad wisdom trilogy. therein lies drummonds true contribution to the canon.