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on 28 March 2013
I would suggest that Mr Waterman should read John Perry's excellent entry in to this series on Hendrix's Electric Ladyland to see how a book like this should be done. At £6 for less than 200 pages, it's fairly shocking that the album in question doesn't get a look in until over three quarters of the way through the book, and even then each song is given a cursory 2 or 3 page "analysis"
What's worse is the thinness of the analysis. I admit i had set ny bar high expecting something along the lines of Ian MacDonald's mighty "Revolution in the Head" or Simon Goddards equally exhaustive tome on the Smiths.
Instead we get 150 pages of second or third hand gossip. And 30 year old gossip at that. If i wanted a who's who of the CBGB scene i's have read Clinton Heylin. Oh wait. i have read Clinton Heylin. And Love goes to buildings on fire. And the hundreds of interviews, articles and essays that are miles better than this.
I wanted a book about "Marquee Moon" the album, not another "and richard said to Tom, and Tom said to Patti and Patti said to Debbi" account from someone who was 12 at the time and living in Nowhere, Idaho.
AND THEN when we finally get to the album, what does our Bryan have to say? What does he latch his insight to, when analyzing an album that set the sonic template for the next 30 years, that featured not One but TWO of the best guitarist of their era? The LYRICS!!!! Even with lyrical Titans like Dylan or Waits, the words are only half the story. With a songwriter as oblique as Verlaine, your on a long ride to nowhere there my friend. Especially when you get the words wrong. (it's fly a Phantom, not fly a fountain. Try reading the sleeve next time)
My advice. Borrow a copy off this off anyone who's got it. Read the bibliography, and then go and read them. Don't waste your time with this dreck
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