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on 9 July 2014
There isn't really any other bands who sound like Slint, sure you can name various post-rock outfits who tip their hat in the general direction, but Slint are/were something else.

Now while the band themselves are head and shoulders above their peers, Spiderland is truly unique. Years and hundreds of listens later it still gets under your skin, it still demands your attention. It isn't an album you put in and skip through, you listen to it from beginning to end and whatever you were doing can wait.

This book captures all of that and more, it dispels myths but also adds to the mystique. It revels in its utter geekery (as do all the 331/3 series) It is a thing of joy.

Now if you'll excuse me I have a record to play.
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on 5 June 2011
If you're a fan of Slint, this book will enrich your appriciation of them tenfold. Written not just about Spiderland, but of their entire (short) life, it covers everything you'd want to know about this important band.

It's not ALL great and the author sometimes slips into too much fan service (the in depth descriptions of song structure are sometimes a bit too much - despite that sounding fascinating!). A fantastic read though, and my first 33 1/3 book.
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on 10 June 2012
this book is hamstrung by the fact that the two most important people declined interviews, but other 33 1/3 books get around this kind of thing much more convincingly than this one (eg the one on marquee moon which tom verlaine turned down). it's good to read up on the history of the band and their influences etc, but the book left me feeling that there is so much more to say on topics like - the way the lyrics seem to be inspired by the music - the fact that the lyrics are a bit sixth-form yet somehow work - and the influence of spiderland is surely worth more than the few pages at the end - the breakup of the band could also be expanded on quite a lot. equally, the analysis of the music is somewhat lacking in dynamism - in fact Tweez is covered in a more exciting fashion.
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on 5 September 2012
This is the best 33 1/3 book I've read. I haven't read them all, I only read the ones on bands that haven't been covered much in other books. In this case I think this is the only book that covers Slint, and it does the job perfectly. This book is about more than just Spiderland. It's a history of the band and a lot more.

I'll now read any book this author writes.
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on 6 October 2011
You can smell those times, you can almost hear music dripping out of that book. There's not much about "Spiderland" itself as one might expect, but all pre-Spiderland history gives you another perspective. Great book for any Slint afficionado.
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on 7 August 2014
Great trade. Quick. A ++++
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on 8 April 2013
bought for son in law for xmas. he loved it. but it WAS what he wanted.not my cup of tea but each to their own. i dont read thois sort of thing myself so not a good review. if you like this sort of book then you will probably like this one. he did
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