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Exhaustive yet lacking...,
This review is from: Read & Burn: A Book about Wire (Paperback)
This book features a whopping 427 pages (with little in the way of illustrations), making it perhaps the most in-depth study on Wire ever written. In the introduction, the author states what it is not. There are two items which are to the detriment of such an exhaustive title:
 it does not cover the solo projects when Wire was on hiatus, and
 there is only a "selected discography" versus a complete one.
In the case of the former issue, it simply does not make sense to keep the subject matter strictly on Wire. The book kicks off with the members' backgrounds to illuminate what they brought to the table, and that makes sense. But wouldn't the solo material created by its members during periods of Wire inactivity also shed light on this topic? Certainly Graham Lewis and Bruce Gilbert's work in Dome influenced what was yet to come as did Colin Newman's solo releases. Additionally, a few more pages could have made this large book more encyclical with a complete discography. In other words, I question the wisdom of eliminating these subjects.
Okay, so I just covered the minuses with regards to this book and hence, the 4-star review. Had these items been included, it certainly would be a 5-stars because again, this book is not only well-written, but what it does cover is everything you ever wanted to know about Wire and more. Indeed, it is exhaustive... 5 years in the making and hundreds of hours of interviews to make it so. The thought processes from start (1976) to finish (Change Becomes Us) is covered in a way that certainly yields a better understanding of what makes Wire, Wire. The lack of illustrations and its reasonable size also makes it great reading book, rather than some over-sized monstrosity to accommodate photographs. There are a few pages of illustrations, but again, not to the point that this could ever be regarded as a coffee table book, which it shouldn't be. Actually, I cannot emphasize enough how spectacular the detail is. I've learned more about Wire than all the previous Wire books combined provided save the solo work and discography.
For anyone who takes Wire as seriously as I do, this book is absolute must as it explains so very much. Highly recommended.
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