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Copendium
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on 29 September 2014
Had I not known that Arch Drude Julian was a devotee of the late great Lester Bangs, I would surely know it within a few minutes of reading from the Copendium. We really should give thanks for this book, it's quite brilliant and for my money there is no rock journalist out there who writes with such soul, passion, spirituality and outright enthusiasm. It isn't a pastiche of Bangs' style or even derivative of it, this is very much its own thing, but I haven't read a music journalist since Lester where the writing was a rewarding pleasure in itself, knowledge of the music was not necessary for the enjoyment, Julian's writing delivers a similar magic. Nick Kent came close, and his collection 'The Dark Stuff', whilst highly entertaining just lacks that indefinable something, the utter uniqueness that Cope's writing has in abundance.

Years ago Cope wrote a magnificent piece on garage punk psychedelia for NME or Melody Maker, where he added a lot of made up facts, the piece was more creative writing than factual. The point was, it did not matter, he had managed to capture the beguiling qualities of the bands and their toons. I'm sure most of the Copendium is factually accurate but again he manages to capture the essence of his subject and points out and justifies why they must be celebrated. Julian also has impeccable taste, I was aware of a good 70% of the subject matter and I truly believe Cope has done the world a favour by celebrating the joys of little known bands like Electric Eels and Rocket From The Tombs. The stuff I don't know about, I will be researching in the near future, Cope's recommendations have never let me down before.

This is a great book that can be read in a straightforward manner and it must be mentioned that he is side splittingly funny, literally has you chortling out loud! It may then be kept as a reference book to dip into when the need arises. His 2 biographies were also brilliant and his Krautrock book was excellent but the Copendium is a true masterpiece that anyone holding that simple adoration for rock n roll will surely love. This weighty tome needs to be on your bookshelf, buy it now!
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on 8 April 2013
I bought this for my friend's birthday who loves Julian Cope. He was thrilled by it. The book is certainly 'tome' like, very good quality and packs a right punch.
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on 8 July 2013
I have read many of these on the headheritage.co.uk website throughout the years but it's great to have them in a single place. Cope is such a great writer and his love and passion for this topic jumps off each page.
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on 8 July 2016
Incredible book
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on 3 March 2015
Very pleased with purchase. As described. Many thanks
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on 21 October 2015
Excellent!
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on 6 May 2016
Perfect
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on 6 February 2013
Whether you enjoy the music described herein and have any interest in investigating same or not, this book is worth reading because Julian Cope is an excellent writer. Perceptive, funny and passionate, "Copendium" belts along and sucks you into its jetstream of enjoyment. Like his other books on music, it makes no bones about its subjectivity but at the same time burns with a conviction that he's right. Read it for pure enjoyment as well as education. Petition your local library to get a copy.
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on 3 January 2013
Great journey through the outer reaches of modern music. JC digs out some incredible gems from the last 50 years or so. A.R. & Machines is a revelation! Thank you Julian.
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on 3 April 2016
Bought as a gift and recipient seems to like it
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