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The Spin Alternative Record Guide (Anglais) Broché – 28 octobre 1996


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a *great* resource; needs a new edition 27 novembre 2001
Par "pastlifepete" - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book is a wonderful guide to bands and artists deemed "alternative" by the editors of Spin magazine--The book's forward provides the best definition I've read/heard of the alternative genre, and it includes such diverse acts as Abba and Kronos Quartet. My high school library had a copy of it, and I think I had it checked out for the majority of my four years there. The library at my college doesn't have it, and I've considered buying it, but it's already become pretty dated since its publication in 1995. There is no mention of Tricky, Portishead, or Radiohead; Debut is the only one of Bjork's solo albums in the book; they even say something like "What will Natalie Merchant be doing now that 10,000 Maniacs have broken up?" It's a wonderful authority on musicians like Neil Young and David Bowie, whose discographies can be intimidating to a relative young 'un like me. There's also a great piece on PJ Harvey, whom I will consider underrated until there are VH1 tribute concerts in her honor. Anyway, if you're interested, check out the Northfield High School library.
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Classic Guide 27 mai 2008
Par Francis Patsen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book changed my life. It introduced me to so much great music. It's mostly out of date, but I still consult it. Sure, you won't agree with everything. There's 90s fad stuff that make me cringe now. (Personal problems: Moby? Beck? Unlistenable. And why are the early Wire and Can albums rated so low? Hello! Detroit Techno!) But there's still good stuff in there that will get you looking in new directions. Nuggets, No Wave, Nico, the massive discographies of Bill Laswell, Lou Reed, Sun Ra...it's all still good.
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Spin Alternative Record Guide 29 décembre 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Probably the best and quickest way to become a record trainspotter. brilliant book only let down by its (massive) american bias: singles going steady by the buzzcocks at number 17 in its top 100 albums of all time is the hirest ranked british record and the sex pistols are at number 100 - will this bitter jealousy ever end?
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pretty good on the surface, but.... 13 septembre 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Since SPIN's inception back in May of 1985 (judging from what I have seen in the magazine from their early era-- I'll admit that it is a limited knowledge), it has come across as an odd mish mash of Alternative Press, Newsweek and Teen People, lately increasingly favoring the last of the three over the other two, replacing political agenda and rather interesting articles on consumer culture et al. (as seen in 1992-1994 era SPIN) with more fashion-centric writing and an increasingly large number of deconstructionist articles on pop stars who, evidently, don't have a lot to deconstruct. So an adverse effect to the Alternative Record Guide is the fact that when it was released (1995, correct?) was at the precise moment that SPIN was shifting it's modus operandi to favor bigger names, and less political writing, I suppose as a way to genuinely reflect the times, as the late 80's and early 90's were, admittedly, more turbulent (although, possibly just in retrospect) than now. So it's no surprise that the bands included in the Alternative Record Guide include nostalgia pieces about how those 80's ultra-pop groups maybe weren't so bad, as well as throwbacks to SPIN's articles on the indie-era bands of the early 90's(Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr., Guided By Voices, Halo of Flies, Pavement) and more deconstrustions of pop stars that really aren't that interesting. I would have to say that the Record Guide remains true to it's manifesto in the beginning concerning only the influential or in some other way, culturally aware- and affecting- bands. An interesting read, but SPIN can never claim to be an "alternative" if they are constantly meeting the pop world 1/3 of the way-- example: the 1989 cover, including stories on Tom Petty (!), Dinosaur Jr., Biker Metal (!!), Love and Rockets and the Indigo Girls. This strange amalgam of bands reflects the twin desires of SPIN-- popularity and indie cred, a tricky combination that is all but evident in the Alternative Record Guide's desire to appeal to more than just the typical alternative audience. While pure at heart, SPIN seems to write for critics, not fans.
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Music writing that matters 2 avril 2012
Par Philip Petrie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
My copy of this guide is literally falling apart--the pages are spilling out. And that is because I have read so many entries over and over and over again. I have about 10 record (yeah, records dude!!) guides and this is probably my favorite. It presents an alternative landscape that is rich in possibility, thickly textured, and, when needed, as primal (and essential) as any Stooges riff. It was written in 1994 (I think) so a lot has happened since, but I still think it is essential reading for anyone deeply interested in rock. I found out about Can from this book, and the Minutemen (OK I'd already heard about the Minutemen but knew almost nothing about them!), and Lee Scratch Perry. I'm still finding new things I missed--the X/Flesheaters connection--and exploring new sounds thanks to this guide. And the writing is excellent--no "this band is Bob Dylan meets Bob Marley on acid" sort of dreck that most rock mags peddle now. Find it and then read it from cover to cover--your life might never be the same!
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