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Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets (English Edition) par [Prato, Greg]
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Over a decade's worth of classic albums that defied categorization. An appearance on Nirvana's classic 'MTV Unplugged' performance. A hit video on MTV. A gold certified album. An opening slot on a sold-out tour with the Stone Temple Pilots. By the end of 1994, it appeared as though the Meat Puppets were poised to become the success story of the '90s. However, what seemed like in the blink of an eye, the dream quickly turned into a nightmare. Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets is the first-ever book to fully examine the entire career of this highly influential and respected band. Comprised of nearly 50 exclusive interviews (including band members past and present, friends and fans from other bands, etc.), you'll finally learn the real wild and wooly tale of the mighty Meat Puppets.

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Commentaires client les plus utiles sur (beta) HASH(0x90563a38) étoiles sur 5 17 commentaires
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HASH(0x8e0e5c30) étoiles sur 5 I really love the Meat Puppets. That doesn't mean that I automatically love this book. 20 décembre 2012
Par dingo - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I was expecting more of a well-crafted narrative about the story of the Meat Puppets -- kind of like a Michael Azerrad kind of thing. That's not what this book is. It's really just 50 phone interviews transcribed, chopped up, and littered throughout different chapters. I mean I paid $25 plus shipping for this book.

That doesn't mean there's nothing interesting in here, but I was expecting more context and background that doesn't necessarily come through in the interviews. I mean I get that it's like "let them speak for themselves," but that's not necessarily going to give you the best understanding of what's going on.

I want to know even more about what the Meat Puppets were like on tour, in the studio, during practice, when they wrote songs. It's mostly just other people going "yeah those guys were weird." And then there's like 5 lines about how they brought a pitbull on tour for years. Like -- what?? I want to know more about that! More stories!

This book could have been half as long and twice as good if the author omitted some of the more arbitrary interview segments. I mean the first half of the book is just people going "The Meat Puppets -- wow. I mean just, wow. Blew my mind. Blew my mind." Over and over and over again. And then by the time you get through "Up on the Sun," you realize the book is less than halfway over, and the rest of the book goes way more in-depth about the details of albums that are interesting but... let's just say the coverage is disproportionate.

Again I love the Meat Puppets, and I appreciate that there's no other "biography" out there. But I paid $25+ for this and I don't feel like I learned that much.
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HASH(0x8e0e5e7c) étoiles sur 5 Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets 29 septembre 2012
Par Linda Kite - Publié sur
Format: Broché
What is likely the most compelling aspect of this book is the way the story rambles along, just like the Meat Puppets have since 1980. The interview style allows the reader to hear it in the voices of those who piece together the stories. While I have been up close and personal to much of the ensuing mayhem, hearing it told from all these perspectives is truly a treasure trove of insight and delight. It's certainly not for the faint at heart, it's downright gruesome at points; it is a cautionary tale of the spoils of rock and roll success and the elusive brass ring. Prato maneuvers the narrative, in a way that takes you on a journey spanning several decades and it's a hell of a ride. You get the real feel of punk rock, creative genius and the implications of a family that has put the fun back in dysfunction. All the reader can do is anticipate the sequel, watching it unfold live on stage at a club in a nearby town. This is after all rock and roll by any means necessary. Kudos to those who helped tell this story, and to Greg Prato for weaving it neatly together.
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HASH(0x8e7780d8) étoiles sur 5 Worth it. Great read. 16 juillet 2012
Par PB - Publié sur
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Just finished it, and I loved it. It was fascinating to get the insight into their total history. I know all their music well but didn't know all the stories and circumstances behind it.

The oral history format was ideal. It moves quick and stays interesting. Far more informative than a straight narrative and adds so much more color.

I feel like I almost know the band now. It made me go back and revisit each of the albums with new ears / perspectives. Prime example - Kyle McDonald said "Lantern" off of Lollipop was his favorite cut. I'd heard it, but it hadn't resonated with me. So, I went back and reacquainted myself with it. It was one I had missed. Definitely a good tune.

For fans of the band, this is really great read.
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HASH(0x8e778438) étoiles sur 5 No Joke... book is great! 21 janvier 2013
Par OutMyWay - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I've read most of this and have enjoyed every bit of it. I enjoy rock-band-bio books but there are few that I like as well as this... Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, which is about Paul's years with the Beatles and largely in his own words, is essential for fans and is one I love equally. "Too High To Die" is unique; there's no other book on the Meat Puppets. I can flip the book open to any page randomly and find something good. It's composed of interviews with a couple dozen people, including friends and fellow musicians like Mike Watt, Grant Hart, Flea and Peter Buck. They're fun, interesting and well-sequenced. I've learned a lot and can tell this is one I'll be re-reading many times. Of course, this is a huge fan talking... I don't know how someone only vaguely familiar with the band would like it. My guess is pretty well: the pacing is good and the multiple perspectives are interesting. Anyone could enjoy this up to a certain point, but only a real fan would care about the specifics of how this or that album was recorded. I do, and this book is one I've been waiting for for a long time. First-rate.
HASH(0x8e778654) étoiles sur 5 Great read about a truly great band 28 novembre 2013
Par Billy The Id - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Simply put, I have been a fan of this band for years and was delighted to find out that Cris was alive and well and playing with Curt again. That being said I knew little about how they reconciled and started jamming again and this book more than covered it. It more than covered most everything anyone would want to know about a band that is one of America's sadly but semi-off the radar creative entities, both sonically and visually (given Cris and Curt's fearless musings on paper and canvas). There are many points towards the end of the book where a few people describe Curt rather as the underrated icon that he is and draw comparisons to people like Hank Williams. This is not a stretch. Some of the moments when Curt speaks freely about his creative process are profound considering the magazine space he's usually allowed. I never would have thought about the Walt Disney and nursery rhyme fixation but he's surrendered the ghost and now I am schooling my 10 year old daughter on their lyrics and songs (starting with "Sam" no less).

Given the carbon footprint American politics and culture tends to leave, I'm not really what you'd call a "patriot". But when something as truly "American" as the Meat Puppets shows up, goes down and gets back up again, I can gladly wave the flag. Thanks to Greg for writing such a well-researched book and for having the right people comment to give an accurate appraisal, many of whose opinions I could not have said better. The book is easy to navigate in small or large sittings because it's presented as an oral biography cutting between comments and view points of those who experienced the stories at the time they happened. Those that enjoy this book should also pick up Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime by Michael T. Fournier.
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