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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 52 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 18 Nov. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SPXFA2
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Love's Forever Changes (33 1/3 Series) Audio Download – Unabridged
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This book could therefore nearly 40 years on have delivered so much instripping away the myths and delivering new historical information andknowledge, such as the recording and production aspects, plus what leveland input other's beyond Arthur Lee had in the matter.
Sadly the author seems gripped by the auteur theory of writing and I fearthe book suffers inevitably and it does not make for an easy, enlighteningor enjoyable read. While clearly stating at the outset his personalidentification with Lee and his personal concerns and issues as depictedin the many of the song's lyrics, the book continually embarks oninclusion of long tracts and content that has minimal relevance ultimatelyto the topic at hand. Examples are lengthy coverage of the role ofPhrophecy in American writing and society; Gnosticism, and Weiss's play"Marat Sade", one of whose lines features in the track "The RedTelephone". This is not to say these references are irrelevant - just thatthe way they are used overwhelms what is ultimately a short book of 120pages and drown the music in so doing!
As a UK reader I would add that I was disappointed that the US basedwriter seems oblivious to the initial and ongoing impact Forever Changeshad outside the USA - while at the end there is reference to the UKParliamentary honour bestowed, the fact that much of the research he usesesp. "The Castle" fanzine is non-US, has not been picked up on.
BUT the writer fancies himself as a bit of a social commentator (fair enough, I suppose, as Love weren't exactly the Monkees, and reflected the often very dark side of the Summer of Love - there's that word again - in California) and sometimes his efforts to make Lee's lyrics fit his theories seem forced.
I think I'd rather have had a more factual account, with less of the highly conjectural analysis. This is more of a college textbook than an appreciation of an incredible band and an incredible album.
Hmm... well the answer's not here. Sure, the author adores Forever Changes and has done a great deal of research into Love and the LA scene at the time. But, a great deal of this research is used as justification for an overly articulate, at times pretentious, and highly personal interpretation of Arthur Lee's lyrics. Lee's lyrics are intriguingly mystical/obtuse but their real impact is not what they say (or may seem to say) but how their distinctly odd, brilliantly metred structures help drive the music along. And, of course, it's the music and its awesome arrangements that make this album. Problem is that there's far too little about who conceived and executed the music and how a group of musicians who were more likely to produce a complete turkey brought it all together in such a magical way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much here that I did not know about one of my all-time favourite bands and their enigmatic leader, Arthur Lee.Published 16 months ago by Nicholas Jones
terrible, read it in one hour, gave it away afterwords, told my mate to read it, then bin it.Published 22 months ago by L.Fergusson