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19 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Fantastic Pixies Book... and best in the 33 1/3 series so far 21 mai 2006
Par missed - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Another great little tome from the 33 1/3 series, The Pixies' Doolittle is an in-depth examination of arguably the best album of the Pixies' catalogue. We're given a brief history of the band, from its formation to the recording of the "Purple Tape" (which morphed into Come On Pilgrim) and Surfer Rosa, but the creation of Doolittle is the crux of the book. Sisario does an excellent job of breaking down the mysterious lyrics of the album tracks, and provides an in-depth look into the influence of surrealism and the Old Testament on Thompson's lyrics. We learn how each track was composed, and how the overall album came about in the studio with interviews from all the key players save Kim Deal, who did not partake in this literary project (sadly). Sisario's take on the Pixies is fresh and invigorating, and TPD will go down in Pixies history as a book that got it right.
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Best of the series I've read... 28 avril 2006
Par J. T. Steinchen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Which isn't saying much, as I've only read the ones on The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society, David Bowie's Low, the Neutral Milk Hotel one, and There's A Riot Goin' On. First off, this is not a fictional narrative ala The Smith's Meat if Murder volume in this series. Rather, it has structurally more in common with the Kinks and Bowie ones. For those not familiar with the series, Sisario puts the album in context of its time period, and within the band's history, as well as examining the album itself. This volume benefits highly from the fact that Sisario obviously interviewed Frank Black/Black Francis, which the other volumes lack (not neccessarily to their detriment, but still, a noticeable difference). Other interviews with other band members, producers, and engineers provide alot of color and depth to Sisario's story of the genesis of the album. However, what drives this book higher than the others is its actual commentary of the album itself. Without destroying the magic of your own interpretation of the songs, Sisario's obvious literate nature (he references many Surrealists that show much more than an armchair knowledge) fused with his engaging writing style (his humor shows forth with some funny bashing of things such as Roger Daltrey's acting career) really make an album that I thought I knew back to front seem fresh again with detailed and intellectual observations. Thats hard for me with Doolittle - of all the albums in this series I have probably listened to that one the most, to the point where I don't even own it anymore, but now I want to go out and get a copy again.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Most intellectual beach book ever 2 août 2007
Par J. Overton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Doolittle has been my favorite album since it came out... I read this book sitting on a beach in Vancouver, CA, surrounded by drag-queens, interpretive dancers, Sikhs, Chinese families, and with a fireworks show in the harbor... the surrealism of the surroundings was only enhanced by the book...
Sisario's humor and obvious literary knowledge made this book about one of the greatest albums and bands ever an amazing treat... art, philosophy, music, biography, psychology, all compounded to make this an ideal book for even non-Pixies fans.
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A must for any Pixies fan 16 mai 2010
Par P. J. Owen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The first thing to know about the 33 1/3 series is that since each book is written by a different author, each book will have its own tone, style, and in some cases, format. For example, the book about Radiohead's OK Computer is a dry analysis of the music theory behind the album, while the book for PJ Harvey's Rid of Me is actually short fiction. So it's important you read the description and reviews of each carefully before purchasing.

Thankfully, the format for the Doolittle installment is more straight-forward than the examples I cite above: it's written in the basic long article style you'd expect to read in Spin or Rolling Stone. That's not very surprising since the author, Ben Sisario, is a regular contributor to these magazines. Through interviews with the band members (especially Charles Thompson and excluding Kim Deal, who refused to participate) and others involved, he quickly covers the formation of the band in 1986 and their early and quick success (in England, at least) with Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, before moving on to the main subject.

Not surprisingly, there is a lot here about Thompson's writing influences, especially his interests in surrealistic art (its influence is most notable on "Debaser", which begins "Got me a movie! Ha ha ha ho! Slicing up eyeballs! Ha ha ha ho!" after the Bunuel and Dali film `Un chien andalou') and religious & mythological storytelling, ("Ole Neptuna's only daughter" & "Then, God is seven!") which came to their greatest fruition on Doolittle. Sisario does a good job of getting the story on Thompson's oftentimes obscure, almost impressionistic lyrics. Sometimes, as Thompson admits, words came for no better reason than a rhyme pattern, yet they always seem to coalesce around the themes that interest him.

Of course, there's also a good bit here on the music. Joey Santiago talks about his influences, especially the minimalist note painting of Wes Montgomery and the `Hendrix' chord. (E7 sharp-9, which Hendrix used to add just the right edge to the verse in `Purple Haze'. Santiago went up a step to F7 sharp-9 to create the menacing drone in chorus of `Tame') Sisario also touches on Lovering's assured and bombastic drumming and Deal's thumping bass, which anchored the music while the melodies flew by. Interviews with the producer, Gil Norton, show his genius for corralling the band, especially Thompson, to get the best album possible. (Though the Pixies were well-prepared for the sessions, and it's implied that the relative failure of their next two albums could be attributed to poor band preparation for them. Though how much of that was from the already-rising tensions anyway?)

But it is the contrasts that make The Pixies, and especially Doolittle, so great: Deal's angelic voice as a counterpoint to Thompson's screams, the quietloudquietloud verse and chorus dynamic, the humor tinged lyrics of rape, incest, and violence. Sisario goes into great detail on the musical effects and meanings in a song by song breakdown after the main text, and I found this to be the most intriguing part of the book, required reading for anyone who loves the album. Thompson was the main songwriter and driving force of the band, but Sisario ably demonstrates how all the parts created a whole that pushed alternative rock to a place I would argue it has yet to return. (He talks of the odd paradox that the Pixies have influenced so many without creating a single band that sounds like them.)

This book is a must for any Pixie fan. It's well-written, informative, and an all-too poignant reminder of the genius of a band that left us too soon.
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Excellent overview of Doolittle's creation and its content 16 janvier 2009
Par Leaman G. Crews - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I won't repeat what everyone else has said here. Suffice to say that this is an excellent read, very well researched, and with precise analysis.

My only problem with the book is how David Lovering is presented. In his brief interview with Dave, Ben makes it seems like he has no recollection of his days in the Pixies, and that Dave can't even describe the band beyond "alternative rock with a girl in the band." That may be how their interview went, but from other sources, it seems Dave is a lot more articulate than presented here. See the Pixies DVD (the one that collects their videos and has the Gouge documentary), and you will see Dave give an interview chock full of details on the band's history.

It's a minor point, but I just had to wonder if Ben purposely wanted to present Dave in this light or not.

The only other thing is not Ben's fault. Kim Deal refused several requests to be interviewed, and her side of the story is greatly missed. It's not surprising though, as she has rarely talked about the Pixies, and also refused to be interviewed for Gouge. But major plus-points to Ben for getting input from Ivo Watts-Russell and Gil Norton, two major players behind the scenes who helped shape the album. (One detail not noted in the book is that Ivo sequenced the album.)

Overall, get this book now if you are a fan of the album, the band, late '80s/early '90s indie, 4AD, or just plain good rock journalism.
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