- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Quartet Books (1 Aug. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0704381672
- ISBN-13: 978-0704381674
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21 x 2.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 722,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hip Priest: The Story of Mark E.Smith and the Fall Paperback – 1 Aug 2002
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Comprehensive account of the cult group The Fall and its enigmatic leader, Mark E. Smith.
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that said, a vivid, if not especially intimate, picture of mes and the fall is painted. and as a keen long-time fan of the music who has never paid that much attention to the band's history, I got on very well with this book.
one quibble is that the structure tends to mirror the album-tour-album life cycle of the/any band. when your subject lasts 25+ years that can lead to repetition (sic).
the chronological structure does, however, lend itself very well to what I took to be the book's theme: the progressive decline in the band's fortunes and (many will disagree with this) the quality of its output. the bemused and rueful accounts by band members of events post-93 end the book on a downer from which only a blast of Mere Pseud Mag Ed can lift the reader