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I just missed the peak of these bands, getting into Ministry and RevCo around '93, but at the time I knew pretty much nothing about the bands, the individuals involved, or the 'Industrial'/Wax Trax scene of the time, and have only found out more in the past few years due to searching online, but this book really helps add some background info. It's no textbook on Industrial or American underground music of the late eighties, instead keeping things fairly personal and colourful, but that's just how I wanted it to be. Chris writes in a really engaging way, making it a really fun and easy read, but with enough depth and emotion to keep it satisfying and not just a loose collection of anecdotes and backstage gossip.
In his musical travels he gets to meet and work with some of the most influential musicians of the day...eg players from Public Image, Killing Joke, Cabaret Voltaire, Skinny Puppy, KMFDM....etc
I recommend listening to the best bits of REV CO and MINISTRY, or DAMAGE MANUAL whilst reading this.
But honestly, this is a fun, easy read that's especially interesting to those of us who were around back in the glory days of industrial-dance, Wax Trax!-y music.
My only complaint, and that's probably too strong a word, is that me thinks he's pulling his punches just a wee bit. I get the inkling that Mr. Jorgensen is a much, much bigger...uh...let's say, JERK, than Mr. Connelly portrays. But that's a tiny issue. When looking at the larger picture, this is truly mandatory reading for fans of RevCo, and should interest fans if all alternative music from the 90s.
I'd bet dollars to donuts that after reading a few pages, Chris's personality starts to come alive. Sort-of like he's sitting next to you in a dance club, talking over the music, telling his friend (you, the reader) what is was like being in a well-known bad-a@$ band. And when you're finished reading, you'll know that he's a brilliant, funny, whip-smart musician.
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