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The Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime: 33 1/3

Autor Michael T. Fournier
en Limba Engleză Paperback – iun 2007
The story of the Minutemen has been told before (Our Band Could Be Your Life, We Jam Econo), but this book focuses purely on their music - the punk ethic and the remarkable, enduring songs that comprise this, their greatest achievement. Including extensive interviews with Mike Watt and many others close to and inspired by the band, this is a great tribute to a classic piece of American underground music. Included are extensive interviews with Mike Watt, the band's bass player, as well as interviews with several artists, musicians, studio owners, and fanzine writers who have been devoted followers of the band for years.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780826427878
ISBN-10: 0826427871
Pagini: 128
Dimensiuni: 121 x 165 x 8 mm
Greutate: 0.11 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Continuum
Seria 33 1/3

Locul publicării:New York, United States

Cuprins

Chapter 1: History LessonChapter 2: History Lesson (Part II)Chapter 3: Arena Rock Is The New Wave: Side D.Chapter 4: Punk Rock Is The New Nostalgia: Side WattChapter 5: Dance Rock Is The New Pasture: Side George Chapter 6: Chump Rock Is The New Cool: Side Chaff

Recenzii

How do you showcase the Minutemen's Double Nickels On The Dime, a sprawling opus of a punk record, spanning more than 40 songs over four LP sides? It's a formidable task that could easily get out of hand, but Michael T. Fournier takes a simple, no-nonsense approach in this installment of the Continuum 33 1/3 series, and this sensibility takes us into the heart and soul of the band and their crowning achievement. Fournier dives right into the band's history, giving us a short overview of the basics; how they formed, the band members' various personalities, and how they got to the point of releasing Double Nickels. The band was notorious for using inside jokes and obscure references, which played itself out in the theme of the record. Fournier breaks down their overall approach, including an interesting bit on how the album name and cover photo played off of Sammy Hagar's I Can't Drive 55, of all things. He also explains the structure of the album and how each separate side came into being, with each band member getting a side, and leftovers ending up on the last side, nicknamed Chaff. From there, Fournier goes into each song on the album, providing back stories and anecdotes, including interviews with bassist Mike Watt himself. The book does a great job of pulling back the layers of quirkiness that the band painted themselves in, shining light on some of the mysteries of one of the 80s greatest indie punk records.

Descriere

This book sheds some light on the band's remarkable music and, on this particular album, the blending of several styles into something that will never be replicated.