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Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats - 33 1/3 series

Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats - 33 1/3 series
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Drew Daniel
Publisher: Continuum
Series: 33 1/3
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 173
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 0826427936
ISBN-13: 9780826427939

About the Book:

By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the 33 1/3 series explores critically acclaimed and much-loved albums by famous recording artists.

In the volume 20 Jazz Funk Greats author Drew Daniel (of the experimental band Matmos) creates — through both his own insights and exclusive interviews with the band Throbbing Gristle — an exploded view of the album's multiple agendas: a series of close readings of each song, shot through with a sequence of thematic entries on key concepts, strategies, and contexts (noise, leisure, process, the abject, information, and repetition). This is a smart and unusual book about a pioneering band.

What people say:

"Daniel brings erudition and clarity to the 33 1/3 series with writing that's both meticulous and giddy … Daniel achieves a fantastic hat trick — a love letter to an unacceptable band about their least-loved album in a book series that, until recently, was reserved only for acceptable albums. Let the wrecking of civilization begin." — Eye Weekly

"This is a fascinating and thought-thorough accompaniment to the album, augmented by interviews with all the group members, which uncovers a trove of pertinent unfamiliarities in songs which feel like longstanding parts of the mental furniture after nearly 30 years." — The Wire (UK)

"I fell into this book like Alice down an unfathomable dark rabbit-hole. It reads like a riveting detective novel, so concisely has Daniel (AKA one half of Matmos) woven personal history (both TGs and his own), (un)reliable narration (thanks to the members of TG themselves, contradictory bastards the lot of them), close dissection (a forensic/anatomical tank being particularly appropriate with TG) and overarching pop-cultural critique…this tiny volume on only one album in the massive TG oeuvre situates the group so powerfully in the appropriate historical, personal, and musical contexts that I never wanted the book to end. It's a vivid, revealing, and very personal work that is beautifully written from start to finish, and my favorite of the 33 1/3s so far." — Warped Reality Magazine

About the Author:

Drew Daniel is one half of the acclaimed electronic group Matmos — successful in their own right, and also as collaborators with Bjork. Drew has taught the history of electronic music at the San Francisco Art Institute and a sound art seminar at Harvard. He has moved to Baltimore, where he now teaches in the English Department at Johns Hopkins University.