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Forever Delayed: The "Manic Street Preachers" Paperback – 11 Aug 2002
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The first fully official photo book of Manic Street Preachers. Japanese photographer Mitch Ikeda began photographing the Manics on early visits to his country. His elegant images of before and after Richey brilliantly capture their flamboyance, as well as their fragility. With an introduction by John Savage.
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At first, I wasn't going to bother to order this until the price came down, or I just wasn't excited enough. I don't know what I was thinking. Plus, being an American Manics fan, it wasn't exactly easy to find here...and our pub. date kept getting pushed back...yadda yadda yadda.
After reading reviews of the book, and seeing some of the photos previewed, I gave in. I'm glad I did. It's beautiful.
These are photos taken by longtime photographer and friend-of-the-band Mitch Ikeda. It's a tribute to his incredible competence and artistic sense that he manages to make every moment caught on film as epic as the band itself. From the first shot of the band, through Richey's disappearance, to the current Manic Street Preachers, Mitch manages to capture James, Nicky, Sean, and Richey as friends, family members, musicians, and--most importantly--as human beings. As for Richey himself, he is shown in his lighter moments (puppet!), as well as his increasingly darker and haunted moments. It proves that he wasn't always moping about as popular mythology (and Simon Price's book) has it.
Not only do you have the photos to tell the story, but most of them have captions from the bandmembers...touching, funny, telling.
Grab a bottle of your favorite spirits, put on the appropriate music, get comfortable, and open this book. You'll find it difficult to put it down.
So much of the Manic's manifesto was presented through visual imagery and the only way to really *get* what they are about is to see it for yourself. Witness the Wire scissor-kicking in his skirts, see James in army gear, Sean drumming his heart out and Richey looking soulfully at the camera with his big sad eyes.
Mitch has also caught intimate moments of exhaustion, sadness, and joy. Let me tell you, the book is worth it just for the pictures of Richey smiling and having a laugh with the others; precious and rare moments indeed.
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