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