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Exit Music: The "Radiohead" Story Paperback – 1 Jun 2000
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It would be nice to see a revised version of this book, with the addition of information on what the band have been doing more recently, with the addition of a "Kid A" description, it would be a masterpiece of music journalism. It's quite easy to read too, it only took me 2 days! :o)
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It charts the group's origins, the guys behind the music, and their rise from an unusually sedate gathering of British guys to a world-famous band with immensely popular music and legions of devoted fans. No tabloidy gossip here -- it's focus on the band and what they do best.
The pictures are the main disappointment; they're black and white, and are basically shots of the band members and not much else. Randall is a fan but not a fanboy; his attitude is cool and professional. He offers a basic, informative description of Radiohead's history. As the band members do, there is relatively little info on their early personal lives or love lives, but plenty on their careers and music.
It's not earthshattering, but a good source of information and background information. Solid read for Radiohead fans, old and new.
Thus I can't comment on the accuracy of the book. Also, it might seem strange to you that people would be writing and reading radiohead biographies while they are still either at their peak or climbing towards it.
I also found it strange, but strangley wanted to buy it after reading a litle bit. The reason I bought it is because I am a musician and I wanted to learn more about how radiohed got from point A to point QDGYX to kid A. And for that purpose, the book was quite useful and lead me to a lot of interesting new information and ideas. It won't tell you the precise secrets, but it will give you enough to get you thinking about entirely unrelated creative musical concepts. It also lets you know anough about their approach to music to get a sense for how this groundbreaking pop came to be.
I give it 4 stars because it's worth buying but is a little odd, and isn't literature. It's a good read for musicians and ardent fans of the band who don't read idiotic music papers like Rolling Stone.
The book contained a handful of these types of stories, but a lot of the material critiqued Radiohead's music. For example, there were numerous descriptions of how songs went from this chord to that chord... or this song contained three guitars...
So before purchasing this book, be aware that a good majority of it covers the actual content of Radiohead's work, describes their music, etc. I was looking more for a "VH1: Behind the Music" type biography.