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  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum (20 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826417744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826417749
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 1 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A brilliant series of pocket-sized books focussing on a classic album. Each one a work of real love.' --NME Magazine

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Ben Sisario has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York Press, The Village Voiceand many other publications.


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Music critic Ben Sisario takes a look at The Pixies' 1989 record Doolittle, a masterpiece of rock music from one of the most interesting and influential bands of all time. In just 120 pages, Sisario manages to introduce us to the band members, how the band was formed, their influences, how the album was recorded, the subsequent years to follow, their breakup, their legacy, and their reformation, as well as a thorough breakdown of each individual track - it's pretty impressive for a relatively short book.

If you were wondering whether the songs had complex, deep meanings or Charles Thompson (aka Black Francis aka Frank Black, the lead singer/songwriter of the band) had a message to put out with his music - they don't and he doesn't. In fact when Sisario meets up with Thompson for a three day interview in Thompson's home in Oregon, very little is revealed about the album by Thompson (besides the fact that he doesn't own a copy of it!) leaving Sisario to deconstruct and explain the tracks as he sees them. This isn't actually a bad way of doing it given Sisario's loquaciousness and amount of time he's spent thinking about Doolittle, so that even if the band members themselves have little to contribute because they don't or they want to maintain the album's puzzling mystery, you at least get an interpretation of the album that's worth reading.

So why doesn't Thompson or anyone have anything to say about the record? Thompson was very into surrealism and this quote from David Byrne pretty much sums up his ethos: "Stop making sense and have rhythm. Or have groove. Or rhyme. Or use some interesting imagery. Or be very convoluted about what you're trying to say, for the purpose of making it interesting for all of us.
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Really good read. Obviously not a standard-size book, but that's the same for books in the rest of the series. Regardless, it was good fun to read and a must-buy for fans of the Pixies and of Doolittle.
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Hmmm. Disappointing. Don't like the author's tone, or his sneering at less cool bands: ok, Queen were never going to ring a hipster's cherries, but even R.E.M. get slated here for being "mainstream-ready". Much as I love the Pixies, I don't share this author's view of Black Francis's lyrics: sometimes surrealism is just an excuse for not having anything to say.
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Very small in size, more of a pocket book, so will be using as a stocking filler.
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As expected
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