Suicide: No Compromise Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001
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An explosive docu-biography of New York's most subversive punk band Suicide who along with the New York Dolls, the Ramones, Blondie, Television and Talking Heads defined the US punk scene centered around Max's Kansas City and CBGB's. Suicide came to prominence in the UK as special guests of The Clash on their first British tour. Their synthesizer-based, energy laden performance was not well received: they were bottled off every night, Vega often sustaining serious injuries. THe book features new interview material with many of the leading lights of the New York punk scene, including Alan Vega and Martin Rev from the band, as well as Debbie Harry and Chrsi Stein from Blondie, Moby, Henry Rollins, Marc Almond, Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Jim Reid (Jesus & Mary Chain), Lydia Lunch, Jane Country amongst others. A high quality, illustrated hardback with over 100 photos and memorabilia from Vega and Rev's own archives, Nobakht's penetrating biography graphically recreates the world of '70s New York City. Published to co-incide with a Suicide best-of CD and DVD boxed set.
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Suicide invented punk before it became a pose, taking an organ, a beatbox, some Elvis style belief and inventing the 20th and 21st centuries. Along with Kraftwerk they ushered in a new reality.
The book, undertaken with the co-operation of the main protagonists peeks into the world they forged and notes every hammer blow. The support gigs, attacking the audience, the influence on the world around them, Lydia Lunch, James Chance, The Cramps, Ramones, Richard Hell are connect to these two men on a mission.
The first album they produced may have been made on Mars for its otherworldly sentiments, as if seem febrile aliens had been hit by Elvis and then beamed it back through their unique take. Suicide however were beyond crass show biz as they were one of the first to talk about street life as an act of striving under duress.
Frankie Teardrop is the howl that Ginsberg created harnessed to sounds. Middle brow journos never understood it, but it was all based on the Viet comedown experience as the oil crisis hit and Americans tumbled into debt and out of work.
New York in the 1970's was a city that bore the brunt, as it slipped into banrupcy, eventually rescued by a pension fund.Read more ›
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Author, David Nobakht, has gone for the oral approach and No Compromise is packed full of exclusive interviews with Rev and Vega where they discuss their influences, poverty, struggle, rejection, confrontation, sound and surviving New York right up to the present day. There are also comments from the people that were there and the people that were influenced. This book captures the grime of seventies New York and Suicide's uphill struggle to gain recognition, which they eventually did years later. With many of New York's legends now sadly gone and CBGB's facing closure, we should not take Suicide for granted and it is cool that a book has at last been dedicated to them and a fine book it is too...
No Compromise mainly consists of interviews with Rev, Vega and people like New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, Chris Stein from Blondie and many others. This book is a must for anyone into New York's seventies music scene. Maybe there could have been more analysis of Suicide's music, but I would rather read what the band have to say than pages and pages of boring speculation. No Compromise is well worth getting.
It is great that someone has been brave enough to get off their backside and write a book about them. This is the first book about Suicide since they started in 1971.
This book is an oral history of Suicide that documents not only their story, but also what was happening in music and politics in New York at the time. There are fresh interviews with Rev, Vega and comments from those that witnessed and were involved in Suicide's harrowing, moving, often funny and confrontational story.
The author does an excellent job with his research and calls on Chris Stein from Blondie, Sylvain Sylvain from the New York Dolls and Jayne County to tell their side of the story. Lydia Lunch and James Chance also give their comments. There are also eye witness accounts and comments from fans such as Bobby Gillespie, Michael Stipe, Jim Reid, Bono, Moby and Marc Almond.
The chapter on Suicide supporting The Clash in '78 does not flinch away from the barrage of physical abuse that was thrown at these two pioneers by a vicious and misunderstanding audience. The book brings their story right up to date and also includes a chapter on their more recent side projects. No Compromise is a highly enjoyable read and a long overdue tribute to a pioneering band and the New York most of us never want to forget. One last observation. This book would make a great documentary or film.
If you've never heard the band Suicide, forget about this book and go buy their debut record. Now.
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