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The Scream: The Music, Myths and Misbehaviour of "Primal Scream" Paperback – 20 Nov 2003

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd (20 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859653382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859653381
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.5 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 788,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A rollicking tale driven by the author's unbridled enthusiasm for the group and their music.' -- Q magazine, March, 2004

'The High Priest of Scream, Needs, admits us to the Inner Temple of holy hedonism' -- X-RAY Magazine, February 2004

A highly entertaining picture of the 24-hour party inside the silver Scream machine. -- Mojo Magazine, January 2004

Kris Needs' 185-page book is likely to be one of the most eagerly awaited of the year. -- Music Week Magazine, November 2003

About the Author

Kris Needs is a former New Music Entertainment journalist and Zigzag editor. He has written several rock biographies about Blondie, George Clinton, Primal Scream, and the Clash. He is a regular contributor to Record Collector and Mojo.


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By A Customer on 22 May 2004
Format: Paperback
Kris Needs toured and hung with the Scream for yonks. The result of this is A: he's got huge insight into the inner working of the group, as he's been around when they've done anything significant, and has kept up with their impresive pill intake to boot, and B: his book is a total Scream fan indulgence, you know, where iffy albums are described as 'innovative' and Bobby G pisses molten gold when he's drank too much Stella.
Still, it's a pretty thrilling ride, read this with a tab of acid to hand and you could actually be on the tourbus. And after reading the book, that's certainly where you'd want to be; Needs describes a seemingly neverending journey of hedonism which he is obviously very proud to have been a part of.
Having said that, Needs doesn't get too snobby about being 'in' with his favourite band, he's quick to acknowledge that he's a fan. Although about half-way through he does start referring to Primal Scream as "we".
For an ardent Scream fan this'll be a blast. For a more casual appreciator (like myself) the arse-licking begins to grate after a while and reading becomes a bit of a slog.
Good fun as a Scream companion, but as a book in itself it misses the mark. And maybe the guage of a good rock book is whether it could be enjoyed by someone who's never actually heard the band written about. Or maybe not, I dunno really.
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This is an excellent book which takes the reader aboard Primal Scream's wigged out Magic Bus of psychotropic mayhem. Kris Needs' bulletins from the drug-soaked trenches of Rock central paint an amazing, if enjoyably blurred, potrait of one of Britain's wildest bands!
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Primal Scream are one of the few bands around with a real story to tell; they formed in the mid eighties and found success with a brand of jangly Byrds' styled pop (directly influencing The Stone Roses), upset the Indie fraternity by metamorphosing into a sweaty Stooges band and - before anyone could get their heads around that - released a seminal dance album. Since that point - 18 years ago - they have become Britain's elder statesmen of intelligent, politicised music and have collaborated with anyone worth collaborating with. They are the natural heirs to The Clash and one of the most eclectic, honest, and maddening inconsistent bands the UK has ever produced. If that wasn't enough they are true gang of characters spearheaded by - master of the broken heartfelt vocal- Bobby Gillespie and the greatest super-sub since Ronnie Wood, Mani. That there isnt a definitive and legendary biography out there is a mystery as the thing should almost write itself. As you might have gathered this isn't it. Kris Needs is part of Scream history having worked with them during one of their golden periods but "The Scream: The Music, Myths and Misbehaviour of Primal Scream" suffers for exactly that reason. Needs is just too close to the action and, unsurprisingly, likes nothing better than to take us on his trip down memory lane. Unfortunately he's not interested at all about the rest of the journey and and fails to give us the bigger picture. Needs' time with the band (1994-1997) has already been covered in his brilliant autobiography "Needs Must" and his unacceptably shoddy research of the other 20 years (first album "Sonic Flower Groove" is referred to as a single) was despressing and I felt a bit ripped off. A real missed opportunity, perhaps one day someone will give this band the story they deserve. Until then I would instead recommend seeking out Grant Flemmings "Higher Than The Sun". That book really does capture a moment.
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Again well done be proud
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Gillespie is God 29 July 2004
By Kevin Killian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With Primal Scream you're in a different realm than most other UK rock bands. The pictures do tell the tale, the photos collected by Kris Needs in this book YOU Needs to Own. Bobby G was nearly 30 when the band really started to go places, and he had a maturity even then that saw them in good stead even in the days of SONIC FLOWER GROOVE.

The graininess of some of the photos is appropriate for a band that didn't care about the dominant style but made their own style, even luring Kate Moss into the madness, as she played Nancy Sinatra in a remake of the old Hazelwood classic SOME VELVET MORNING (when I'm straight, ha).

All in all, it's a book you may want to ownif you feel about Bobby Gillespie & Co. the way I do. My copy's all tattered to pieces from constant rubbing. Scream the Scream!
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5.0 out of 5 stars PRIMAL SCREAM FANS: HERE'S YER BOOK! 10 Jun. 2004
By Coleen - Published on Amazon.com
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Primal Scream are one of the greatest bands in the world today. Few people know this. But the few fans of Primal Scream will LOVE this book! Many many photos of the band. A nice thick book with lots of small (not overly large) print - you get your money's worth for sure!!! No color pics, but the pics included are a nice selection, including lots of magazine covers and lots of cool shots of Bobby G. Right up-to-date with mention of DIRTY HITS and full discography. Analysis of each album included amongst many fascinating stories about band. If you haven't heard Primal Scream, don't start here - start with the CD, DIRTY HITS. You will NOT regret it!!!!
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