The Book I Read: It By Stephen King

Yes, he’s the master of horror.

I’ve read over a dozen of his books now, and while some are better than others I enjoyed them all. This is one of the better ones. At 1100 or so pages, it took a while to finish, but even at that length I didn’t find much filler. There was one scene that I didn’t really like but overall I liked it a lot and really got to know and care about the characters. I liked the way he switched back and forth between them as kids and as adults. Sometimes you had to read a bit to know which was which. Clever. And Mr. King was very descriptive with being too long-winded. He really does know how to write.

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The Book I Read: Here, There And Everywhere – My Life Recording The Music Of The Beatles By Geoff Emerick And Howard Massey

Geoff Emerick was actually THERE. We’ve heard a million times about what happened when the Beatles were recording, from the early days until the bitter end. But he was actually there to see and work on a lot of the music. His accounts of the Beatles pushing the limits of the studio again and again offer a world of insights into their music process. He sometimes seems to brag a bit about his record prowess, but then again you can’t argue with the results. His accountings of the Revolver and Sgt Peppers sessions alone make the book worth buying. But there’s much more than that.

The Book I Read: Complicated Game – Inside The Songs Of XTC By Andy Partridge And Todd Bernhardt

So many great songs. Andy wrote most of XTC’s songs and they are one of the best bands ever. This book takes about 30 of his XTC songs ands discusses them at length. In doing so, it provides a wealth of insight into his creative songwriting process.

“I like accidents. I like to put myself in the way of musical harm. I like being at the wheel of that musical car, and aiming it at the wall, just to see what shape the car’s going to come out. It might come out an interesting shape that would have taken me forever to decide on otherwise. – Andy Partridge”

And don’t just believe me, here’s what Amazon has to say:

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Michaelson, Ingrid – It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense – CD – 5 – US –
McMahon, Andrew In The Wildeness – Zombies On Broadway – CD – 5 – US –
Prince – Prince4Ever – CD – 5 – US –
Prince – The Symbol And The Girl – CD – 5 – US – Bootleg
Chvrches – Every Open Eye – CD – 5 – US –
Garbage – Strange Little Birds – CD – 5 – US –
Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface – CD – 5 – US – CD-R
Eisley – I’m Only Dreaming – CD – 5 – US –
Spektor, Regina – Remember Us To Life – CD – 5 – US –
Bowie, David – Stage – CD – 5 – US –
Bowie, David – PNE Live Rehearsal 1976 – CD – 5 – US – Bootleg
Bowie, David – The Year Of The Spiders – CD – 5 – US – Bootleg
Sia – This Is Acting – CD – 5 – US – Seven bonus tracks
Hart, Beth – Fire On The Floor – CD – 5 – US –
Stirling, Lindsey – Shatter Me – CD – 5 – US – CD-R
Stone, Allen – Radius – CD – 5 – US – Seven bonus tracks
Lennon, John – Your Daddy’s Here – CD – 5 – US – Bootleg
Beatles, The – Strawberry Fields Forever – CD – 5 – US – Bootleg
Beatles, The – Alternate Sgt. Peppers – CD – 5 – US – Bootleg
Oingo Boingo – Forbidden Boingo Volume One – CD – 5 – US – Bootleg
Oingo Boingo – Forbidden Boingo Volume Two – CD – 5 – US – Bootleg
Soundtrack – Lazarus – CD – 5 – US –
Cure, The – Disintegration – CD – 5 – US – 3-CD deluxe version

Terrific Tunes For Tuesday – Take 67

One of my favorite bands is XTC, as some of you know. They did a couple side projects back in the day, masquerading as the psychedelic band “The Dukes Of Stratosphear”. The alter-ego band was comprised of Sir John Johns, The Red Curtain, Lord Cornelious Plum, and E.I.E.I. Owen…

Here’s what Andy Partridge, leader of XTC, had to say about this tune, a sort-of homage to The Beatles “I Am The Walrus”:

We dressed up in the gear, and we had a dummy piano painted in psychedelic swirls, and just made every pop promotional film from 1967 all together in one film. Including this cod Pathe News voiceover at the start which said (plummy newsreel voice) “Here we see Chittingfold House, home of the Frobisher-Harrises since 1667. Some three hundred years later, the English pop group The Dukes of Stratosphear have decided to perform their latest pop recording, ‘The Mole From The Ministry’.” And then it went into this piece of cod. And we were so happy with it, cause it was the only video to that date where we’d had total input and we’d been listed to instead of, oh no, we’re gonna do it my way instead. Cause that always happened on our videos, we just had to shut up and do as we were told. But that one came out great. And then Virgin Records said no, we’re not going to spend any money on it. We said, look, it already exists! You just pay two thousand pounds to the BBC and you can buy it from them! And they wouldn’t do it. So there is a video in existence — it’s quite long, it’s about five minutes long. . .


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