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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but who's it for?, 28 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Bluffer's Guide to Rock Music (Bluffer's Guides) (Paperback)
I like Eamonn Forde. I always loved his contributions to the late much-lamented magazine, The Word (and its excellent podcasts), and his knowledge of rock and pop music and its associated industry is impeccable. Plus he's funny as hell. So what we have here is a crash course in the history of rock music, unashamedly subjective and crammed with in-jokes. It has enormous fun with the stereotypes and sacred cows of rock, and that's where I become puzzled. If this is aimed at seasoned rock-music afficionados, the kind who've always had at least one subscription to the NME, Q, Mojo or The Word, then this is all very familiar and well-trodden ground, however entertainingly told. If it's aimed at neophytes, well much of this simply reinforces many of the myths and stereotypes which - although music fans still riff off them - are just plain untrue when you examine them. Case in point: saying that all prog-rock bands were university educated, were very serious, were steeped in classical music, and played enormously long gigs, is Received Wisdom that's way off target on all four counts. (Respectively: no more so than members of any other early-70s bands; they had neither more nor less of a sense of fun than any other bands; more came from jazz or psychedelic-pop backgrounds than classical music; their gigs were mostly a par-for-the-course 90 minutes or so). So any neophyte seeking wisdom and enlightenment here would find mostly the same re-heated misconceptions they'd get from the tabloid press - only more comprehensively. And why would someone who knew nothing about rock music WANT this kind of breadth of "bluffer" knowledge anyway? People who aren't into rock music generally seem pretty contemptuous of it, so it's hard to see why they'd want to read this. Which leaves me wondering where its audience is going to be found. I wish Eamonn massive sales of this book, of course - he's a lovely chap. But I'd be surprised if it's bought in volume, other than perhaps by well-meaning relations as a Christmas present. An oddity.
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