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Belle And Sebastian: Just A Modern Rock Story (Anglais) Relié – août 2005

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Easy-reading chronological inside scoop on the first 8 years! 22 avril 2013
Par Robert - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book provides an insightful look into the band's early years while also providing detailed reviews and notes for each of the albums up until Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003). The story is told in a good humored way and I found myself laughing aloud several times. I highly recommend listening to each album in sequence right along with the book... you'll gain entirely new perspective and appreciation for each song. I found it difficult to take some of Whitelaw's outright bashing of a few of my favorite B&S songs, but most of his reviews had a brilliant way of honing in on the specific things that make each song unique and excellent. Keep in mind this is an outsider's perspective and based primarily on interviews, excluding Richard, unfortunately, so some of the topics are left unresolved. Overall, if you're a fan of B&S's music and are interested in learning more about Stuart Murdoch and his quirky band, you should be more than happy with this book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read! 18 septembre 2013
Par Adam Gustafson - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Excellent book about an amazing band! Loved getting the "behind-the-scenes" look at the group's interesting career! A must-have for any fan of the Belles!
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Probably not worthwhile even if you're a great fan 2 avril 2012
Par Christopher Culver - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Paul Whitelaw's BELLE AND SEBASTIAN: Just a Modern Rock Story is a biography of the Scottish pop band who have eluded major commercial success, but built a rock-solid cult following since 1996. The book was published in 2005, not long after the release of their album DEAR CATASTROPHE WAITRESS. Whitelaw interviewed almost every members of the band past and former, and dedicates much space to the polemics that saw the departure of early members Stuart David and Isobel Campbell.

I expected this book to be entertaining and informative, but it varied between dull and frustrating. Whitelaw pursues a cutesy writing style that tries to embed as many Belle and Sebastian lyrics into his prose as possible. The author seems to have realized that his treatment of the band is often too fauning and uncritical, but instead of toning it down, he tries to balance it with peculiar critical assertions (such as trashing most of THE BOY WITH THE ARAB STRAP album). There are a lot of facts here that I didn't know before, but they didn't bring me to a greater appreciation of Belle and Sebastian's songs. I'm of an academic bent, and generally reading commentary on musicians helps me get more out of the music. With Belle and Sebastian, their lovely music seems to exist wholly separate from the soap opera life that the band members lived over these years.

All in all, I can't recommend this book, and fans who go on with Whitelaw's book nonetheless for the sake of its abundant trivia are taking a chance.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Dear Catastrophe Author 4 janvier 2006
Par Colly - Publié sur
Format: Relié
The best review was written below by Peter Arnold. While in total agreement with that reviewer, I just want to add a few things. Mainly, that reading this book feels like reading one very, very long NME review - the word play is suprisingly annoying and difficult to read when one just wants to understand a simple point. This kind of word play is fine for a one paragraph review in a rock & roll magazine, but wasteful within a book format. The little bits which are written in italics are especially wasteful and dramatic.

The author also had a tendency to portray band relationships in a gossipy way. While the dynamics of the band's friendships and romances are at first interesting and an important part of the history, the author tends to go on and on and rehash the same old thing even at the end of the book. He clearly disliked Isobel Campbell which made me wonder, was he emotionally involved with her? Did she scorn his romantic advances? Heehee, now I'm playing like the author!

In short, I would have valued more quotes from the band, none of the author's opinions, and a more straightforward manner of writing. Bottom line; Belle and Sebastian are one of my most beloved bands of all time and despite a frustratingly written book, it was still a pleasure to learn about them.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not perfect, but worth reading 16 juin 2007
Par J. Salvador - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I'm quite a big Belle and Sebastian fan, so when I saw this book sitting on a shelf at a local bookstore, I did not hesitate to buy it. I liked that Whitelaw was able to interview members of the band (sans drummer Richard). What I found slightly annoying was his evident bias towards certain band members. He tended to place Stuart Murdoch in a sort of demi-god-like, affectionate manner (Stuart M is usually referred to as "The Curious Boy"), while Isobel Campbell tended to be portrayed as a whiner, or some sort of a useless appendage. I thought it quite annoying that he was unable to keep his opinions out of his descriptions of band members or certain scenes.

During certain moments of the book, I felt as if I was reading a tabloid magazine. Take that as you will.

Overall, this is a great book, which gives the reader a great idea of how Belle and Sebastian formed and grew as a band. Your interpretations of Belle and Sebastian songs may differ from Whitelaw's, but it is quite fun to see how different people view different songs.
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