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Mark Blake (1) (1965–)

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Pete Townshend was once asked how he prepared himself for The Who's violent live performances. His answer? 'Pretend you're in a war.' For a band as prone to furious infighting as it was notorious for acts of 'auto-destructive art', this could have served as a motto. Between 1964 and 1969, The Who näytä lisää released some of the most dramatic and confrontational music of the decade, including 'I Can't Explain', 'My Generation' and 'I Can See For Miles'. Now, acclaimed rock biographer Mark Blake reveals how The Who, in their explorations of sex, drugs, spirituality and class, refracted the growing turbulence of the time. As the decade closed, with The Who performing Tommy in front of 500,000 people at the Woodstock Festival, the 'rock opera' was born. In retrospect, it was the crowning achievement of a band who had already embraced pop art and the concept album; who had pioneered the power chord and the guitar smash; and who had embodied - more so than any of their peers - the guiding spirit of the age: war. näytä vähemmän
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Kanoninen nimi
Blake, Mark
Muut nimet
Harrington, David
Syntymäaika
1965-05
Sukupuoli
male
Kansalaisuus
UK
Ammatit
music journalist
writer
editor
music critic
Organisaatiot
Q Magazine
Mojo Magazine

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https://fromtheheartofeurope.eu/pigs-might-fly-the-inside-story-of-pink-floyd-by...

Inspired to get this by the V&A exhibition a few years back. Starts with an in-depth account of the Live 8 reunion, which I read while rewatching the actual event. It’s more comprehensive and detailed than Nick Mason’s book, but less funny; it does address some points that Mason doesn’t, notably how the band handled rapidly becoming rich but also looking at the importance of the Cambridge roots (which Mason wasn’t part of) and the art that went with the albums and concerts (which Mason wasn’t as interested in). Very detailed, but didn’t quite sing to me.… (lisätietoja)
 
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nwhyte | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 23, 2022 |
I'm coming to realize I hold Pink Floyd almost to the same level as the Beatles. They're easily in my top five, along with Bowie, Steely Dan, and Tom Petty (and yeah, that's a list that fluctuates almost daily).

Anyway, for all of that, while I know the basic history of Pink, I've never delved deeply into it.

Until now.

Blake does an amazing job of corralling all the names and places and events and the times of the various decades of Pink Floyd, from back when they were the Barrett-led The Pink Floyd Sound all the way up to the Gilmour-led Pink Floyd behemoth that they became in the late-90s/early-00s.

This is an incredibly readable, well-researched biography of one of the most incredible bands in the world. Highly recommended.
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TobinElliott | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 3, 2021 |
This one is, as it must necessarily be, largely a mostly Jimmy Page issue, as it's vital to understand him and his journey, before he ever invited Plant, Jones, and Bonham to play with him.

This is an interesting, if truncated, trip through the band's first five albums, as well as side trips for Peter Grant stories, and various stories of the band's debauchery, including the alcohol, the drugs, the groupies, and that famous night at the Hiatt "Riot" House.

Great photos, great music, good insights.… (lisätietoja)
 
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TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Once again, not a bad high level overview. Much space is given over to Bonham, which makes sense, as he was the biggest agent of change in ending the band in 1980.

But of course, they didn't really end, did they? I think that's what's annoyed me for the past 35ish years. "It's not Led Zep without Bonzo." But hey, let's give Phil Collins, Tony Thompson, and Jason Bonham a try.

Anyway, lots of time spent on the disastrous reunions, as well as the final triumphant one in 2007. And also about the Page and Plant No Quarter half-assed reunion, but nothing on Walking Into Clarksdale? Like it doesn't exist?

Nothing about Plant's Tall Cool One song that referenced so many Zep songs?

Weird.
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TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |

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