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Sketching with words and opinion,
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This review is from: Painting with Sound: The Life and Music of Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Paperback)
At just over 80 pages of content, I was a tad disappointed by this thin but pretty paperback. Even the album reviews that are included at the end of the volume aren't exactly 'thorough', although I realise that reviewing music, especially in so few words, is a tough job. But it's the story of Roedelius' musical development, his thoughts and philosophies and his own assessment of 'the craft' that remain the most frustratingly untold part of this tale. I don't know why it is but some of the best quotes come from other sources, apparently pasted in to add gravitas. Or so it seems to me on only one reading. Perhaps the book I hoped for would have been too long, too involved for most readers, but this just seems way too sketchy.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still glad I bought the book. It's just that it raises as many questions as it answers. You get the impression that if the author had conducted a few in-depth interviews himself there could have been so much more to glean from this fascinating and important musician, more to learn about the live concerts and how they were approached, maybe some tales from life on the road, thoughtful observations on life, the creative process, that sort of thing. I realise the book doesn't set out to be a musical autobiography and acts more as a general introduction and maybe it's just that I'm old and anal and best ignored. Perhaps, again, this was as much of himself as Achim was willing to reveal, leaving the music, as always, to tell the true tale.