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A Year With Swollen Appendices: The Diary of Brian Eno Paperback – 20 May 1996

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Brian Eno (20 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571179959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571179954
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating story...An immediate bestseller." -- "San Jose Mercury News"


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By A Customer on 16 April 2003
Format: Paperback
If there is one book you need to read..........this could be it!
A remarkably candid account of Brian Eno's life in 1995. He manages to combine, though probably not for the readers benefit, humour with the serious. It is a detailed review of how the other half live but it also an insight into an overactive mind. 'Nothing much happened today,- Bowie, Lou Reed and Lenny Henry called',-like they do. The book is a great source of ideas, when Eno has an idea he jots it down, regardless of time of day (or night). His lists are legendary. Eno can simultaneously recount his meetings with Tony Blair and then his visit to Auntie Freda for her 90th birthday. Berating foreign policies in Bosnia, then worrying about the overuse of oyster sauce in his recipes.Can be opened at any page to discover the thoughts and theories of the most influential musician and producer of the past 30 years. A wonderful coffee table, nay toilet, book.
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"I have a wonderful life", Brian Eno remarks at the beginning of this stocky little book. It is not an admission that you will get from many artists, and by the end, I could not help feeling more than a little envious of the sheer diversity of activities that fill Eno's life. This very readable diary is also an insight into how one so influential can get bogged down by the sheer volume of work and commissions that regularly come his way. This book is both a diary of Eno's life in 1995 - at once remarkably candid and playful (he has an obsession with the female bottom which he draws to our attention), and a series of essays and short stories. The former Roxy Music member is not afraid to name-drop (saunas with Bjork, albums with David Bowie and U2, works in progress with Paul McCartney...), but this is a pleasant contrast to the sometimes earnest but always interesting extended pieces which make up the "appendices" of the title, and are laid out at the end of the book.
A very worthwhile and enjoyable read, particularly for those of us who were unaware of who Brian Eno was - it is a book which I regularly dip into and will continue to do so.
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By A Customer on 13 April 2003
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I bought this book to research Eno's opinions and sensibilities in order to inform my own artistic practice; as it happens , this may be the most inspiring book I have ever read. The amount of ideas on display here is frightening. It ought to be called 'Inspiration for Artists in a Rut'. It really is worth the time and money and nowadays, that is rare praise!
is music is sometimes OK aswell. There you go.
Ray
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Worth it just to read Eno's anxiety dreams where various members of U2 fail to save him falling from a cliff. Starts to get slightly self conscious when the author realises the diary is going to be printed, but a fascinating trip inside the head of a very creative guy. Due a reprint or a second volume!
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Not easy to come by as its out of print, and not cheap. However, not only a genuine, personal insight into one of the most influential creative artists of our time, but an essential, honest insight into the art of creativity and the application of all experience into the same. Essential reading for us all.
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