Fool The World: The Oral History of A Band Called Pixies (Anglais) Broché – 7 août 2008
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'Anecdote-filled and definitive, Fool the World is an eyewitness account of the Pixies' tumultuous career and their subsequent reinvention of underground rock.' Q Magazine
The Pixies' initial career spanned just seven years before the pressures of the road and personality clashes tore the band apart. But in that time they became one of the pioneers of alternative rock and left a musical legacy that would inspire a generation of musicians. In 2004 the band reformed and toured the world to international acclaim, cementing their place in music history.
Told in the words of the band themselves, the studio owners, producers and engineers who worked with them, and the musicians they inspired, Fool The World is a complete journey through the life, death and rebirth of one of the most influential bands of all time.
Josh Frank has penned numerous plays, screenplays and musicals, and is the author of In Heaven Everything Is Fine - The Unsolved Life of Peter Ivers. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Caryn Ganz is the deputy editor of RollingStone.com. She was previously an editor at Spin magazine and MTV News, and her writing has also appeared in Blender, Entertainment Weekly, GQ and V. She lives in Manhattan.
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This book never goes into artistic details, and some eras are nearly or completely ignored (Bossanova/Trompe le monde)...
Basically the whole thing is just a compilation of interviews bits put back to back, sometimes of the band members themselves (very few), which is kind of unpleasant/boring to read.
As a Pixies fan, I learned some new facts about the band, but I was mostly disappointed with this book, which in no way is a complete biography.
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Before starting the book I was worried that despite my love for the Pixies it might be a slightly boring read. Having read and loved Please Kill Me, my rock story scale had been set quite high for gapping pits of agony - but I needn't have worried. This is a great story. The most unlikely words to find in a rock biography were used - charming, high work ethic, normal and they just endeared the members of the Pixies to me all the more.
Interviewees Chas Banks, Joe Harvard, James Iha, Ivo Watts- Russell and Gary Smith, amongst many others, offer their insight to the band and help produce a vivid picture of their history.
I have listened to the Pixies on average at least once a week for the past 18 years - not that I don't listen to other things as well, its just that nothing else fills certain niches in my heart and soul like they do - and to discover that the people making the music are people that I would enjoy having in my living room is an absolute joy.
I enjoyed this book immensely.
The thing I love about oral biographies, and this one in particular, is the Rashomon-like potential for differing subjective realities. If done well (this one is) about a worthy and sufficiently dramatic subject (check on that), a skilled author(s) can approach something more truthful than the truth - its not that the facts were recounted; its how they were recounted. The ways in which Charles (Black Francis) and Kim Deal differ in retelling the same event has more to say about the dynamic of their relationship than the actual validity of the event in question. Charles kicked a guitar at Kim during a show; that happened. But Charles' reasons why and Kim's recollection of Charles' reasons why provide the true insight. Even now, fifteen years on, the dynamic between these two still shines through. This is just one example; the book provides endless `truths', as any good oral biography will do. Fool the World just happens to do it better than most. This is required reading.
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