Turns a great subject matter into a tedious book,
This review is from: Music and Politics (PCPC - Polity Contemporary Political Communication Series) (Paperback)
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I've never seen a book that took such an interesting and dynamic modern topic, and suck all the life out of it in such a way that it becomes barely readable. It's a rather short book yet it's so drab I found it difficult to finish. It has the feel of a thesis being written by somebody who doesn't really care about the subject.
Perhaps it's a generational thing but I couldn't believe that things like the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994 (i.e. rave culture versus the Government) didn't even get a mention, while the voting system behind the Mercury Music Prize warrants practically a whole chapter to itself. You'd think from this book that Bob Geldof and Bono are the only two musicians who have ever said anything political, and that Live 8 is the only live music event to have happened in the last 20 years.
It is far too expressly the sole opinion of John Street, a live music reviewer for The Times. The flow of it is ruined in almost every sentence by endless and often needless citations, to other works which I'm sure will turn out to be much more interesting than this one.
I rarely give one-star reviews but I couldn't find any redeeming features in this.