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Nileism: The Strange Course of the Blue Nile Hardcover – 1 Nov 2010
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'The Blue Nile sound more like being in love than being in love does.' --Melody Maker
'There is something magnificent about the sheer doggedness of The Blue Nile's adherence to the unorthodox trajectory of their singular career.' --The Guardian
From the Publisher
`There is something magnificent about the sheer doggedness of The Blue Nile's adherence to the unorthodox trajectory of their singular career' RICHARD WILLIAMS, THE GUARDIAN
`The Blue who? Oh my God, I've never heard of them' CHRIS MARTIN, COLDPLAY
Top Customer Reviews
This book by Allan Brown comes hot on the heels of From A Late Night Train, another book on the band published a few months ago. Who'd have thought it? Here we are, hunting and scrounging for every precious scrap of information on the group and their music, and nearly thirty years after they've formed we suddenly get what amounts to a deluge of text. Not that I'm complaining - the earlier book by Eliot Huntley and Edith Hall is definitely worth seeking out, but this new one from Allan Brown is the real deal.
First of all, the title. "Nileism: The Strange Course of The Blue Nile". It's perfect. A neologism and a nod to the indeed strange path through life taken by those three young graduates from Glasgow.
Second, the design of the book. It's been exquisitely put together, with the coloured text on the dust jacket echoing the cover of A Walk Across The Rooftops. It's printed on good quality paper, and features a host of beautiful photos of the band and the land they grew up in. A photo on the rear cover of the rain-soaked splendour of Dumbarton Road in Partick is breathtaking; it has an almost Stephen Shore quality in its atmospheric, angular composition and somehow manages to conjure up the band's songs perfectly. There's also a glossy section of black and white plates in the centre of the book with photos of the band and associates with some press clippings and photos of the early haunts of the band members.Read more ›
Any fan of the band will read and enjoy the book. Allan Brown captures the times well (and let's be honest, there are many different eras in the Blue Nile saga). His love of Glasgow and the band comes through on every page. In the end, I couldn't make up my mind whether this was a sad tale of lost opportunities or a grudging admittance that they produced what they did, because of the way they worked. Buy Mid Air as well and you'll have a complete picture.
Brown's writing is engaging, although his tone can be a little grating at times as he can be somewhat sniffy and dismissive, but he has an obvious passion for his subject and a real desire to lay bare his subjects. His, the book's, and ultimately our, problem is that he can't because Paul Moore and Robert Bell had nothing to do with the book and we therefore get no closer to really solving the enigma that the three men represent. This weakness is exposed at the moment the relationships really starts to fall apart (during the recording of 'Peace at Last) when all we learn is that the group recorded in a variety of locations around the world in an effort to create the sound they wanted. The whole episode is covered in about six pages, a lot of which are taken up with Beatles in '68 comparisons. All we learn about PJ Moore in this period is that he bought a big computer and Calum Malcom didn't like it.
The book raises a lot of questions - questions all fans of the band have - but really doesn't, or rather can't, answer them. These range from the big philosophical questions like why did Paul Moore get such a massive hump with Paul Buchanon? Why did Robert Bell drift away?, down to the more prosaic but still interesting questions about just what the hell Bell and Moore do with their time from day to day and just what do they live on? I would love to know if album sales provide for their daily comforts which would only be a fitting reward for the joy they have brought to me and thousands of others.Read more ›
Given the readership the author Allan Brown could have done with more editorial input as his extended insights into the music will add little to the observations that most fans have in appreciating this deeply emotive music that strikes such a personal note.
However cutting the book back would have made more obvious what is missing.
Having clearly set out the painful fact that the relationship between Buchanan, Moore and Bell has broken down - an absence of input from the latter two left me wondering what a compelling read this would have been had Brown managed to answer the questions he can only skirt around.
As he puts it, these guys live in the same postcode and, in the case of Buchanan and Moore anyway, haven't spoken in years. I'd have forgiven any amount of typo's if he had been able to land that book...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Attempting to explain the enigma that is, or was, The Blue Nike is a thankless task, with an unusually reticent membership not prone to explaining themselves or their actions - or... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2015 by D J F
Honest and enjoyable history of a band that normally keep a low public profilePublished on 21 Dec. 2014 by Ms.N
A great book for Nileists but probably not of much interest to others. A lot of detail considering the very limited access to the band. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2014 by Goldzob
Hit and miss recanting of the 4 album career we know as the Blue Nile; obviously a lot of research has gone into the written word of the band in the 25 years they made music... Read morePublished on 25 July 2014 by Widnes Bob
Bought this for myself as have loved the Blue Nile's music - only just started to read it so can only say it's been interesting so farPublished on 14 Nov. 2013 by gardeningali
I sent this book to a big Blue Nile fan who opened it and read it straight away, really enjoyed it and found out lots he didn't know - also didn't know about book!Published on 13 Aug. 2013 by ladylou
Delighted with Item, just what we were looking for. Great competitive price too.
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As a long-time fan of The Blue Nile, it's great to discover some background and history of the 'band'. Only part way through it and it's very enlightening.Published on 7 April 2013 by Mike Ryder
I have to agree with Agnes Andrea.
I don't want to put anyone off - if you're a fan you will enjoy this book. That's a given. Read more
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