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Brian Eno's Another Green World (33 1/3 series) Paperback – November 1, 2009
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"Dayal's lucid, elegant deconstruction of Brian Eno's most beguiling album is also an inspiring, delightful inquiry into the nature of creativity and constraint. Anyone interested in art making needs to read this."
—Ed Park, author of Personal Days
Mention in Nottingham Evening Post, February 2010
Article by author Geeta Dayal in Frieze, 1st June 2010, with a puff for the book in the end.
Selected by Flavorwire as one of "10 Great Books about Music by Female Writers" http://flavorwire.com/features/staff-lists/7967-words-and-music-our-60-favorite-music-books/3/
About the Author
Geeta Dayal's writing on music, visual art, and science has appeared in many major publications, including Bookforum, The Wire, The New York Times, The International Herald-Tribune, and The Village Voice. She is currently at work on a second book on the history of electronic music. She lives in Boston.
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Dayal says she wanted "to write an exploratory book on the ideas underpinning the music". The result however, is a work in which she sprinkles fleeting mentions of cybernetics, Fluxus and architecture, amongst a batch of over familiar cut and pasted interview quotes.
Her writing is meandering, uneven and unfocussed, whilst her powers of description are severely lacking. Especially when it comes to music itself. For example, the best description she can summon up to define Eno's single `The Seven Deadly Finns' is "goofy". She also describes the single version of Kraftwork's `Autobahn' as "goofy". She finds the liner notes to Lou Reed's `Metal Machine Music' "goofy". The chorus of Eno's `I'll Come Running' is "goofy". Even Marshall McLuhan's I Ching style Distant Early Warning cards are apparently "goofy". Meanwhile, Eno's own Oblique Strategy cards are singled out as being "quirky".
Repeated use of such glib and incongruous short hand to define this wide range of cultural artifacts serves to complete the impression of an author capable of only a very shallow reading of her subject matter. Her description of Can, Cluster and Harmonia as "offbeat German bands" is laughably simplistic. Unfortunately, "offbeat" is another of Dayal's favorite catch-all words. A number of Eno's life experiences were apparently "offbeat". His art tutor Roy Ascott's teaching methods were "offbeat".Read more ›
To begin, the entire introduction has the author lamenting the difficulty of writing the book and that difficulty shows in the wandering, ADD approach she brings to the subject. It lacks focus and while some details of Another Green World are described, she brings nothing new to the table.
Every analogy is without merit, especially the cinematic analogies. The David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti analogy is telling in that it tells the reader that Geeta Dayal lacks the necessary skill as a writer to describe the working relationship between Brian Eno and Robert Fripp.
At one point the author writes that Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti wasn't their greatest record. This book is filled with useless bits such as that one. While such bits try to place AGW in context, they succeed only in padding this lifeless volume out to just barely over 100 pages.
In the end, the bibliography was more interesting than the book. A failed effort for a subject which deserves so much more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For one thing, it's digestible (small) and informative. The author is well-versed in Eno's life and times along with related musicians and bands such as her knowledge about CONTACT... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Last spring, I taught a college class that incorporated the excellent anthology, "How To Write About Music," which showcases many great music writers (with numerous... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Trace Reddell
I'm a life long super fan of all things Eno and have to say that this little book is just fantastic. Read morePublished 15 months ago by The Ox
I hate to leave a bad review about a book, especially on a subject I love, but this book merits one. Read morePublished 21 months ago by microbes
I purchased this title for my Kindle because the album holds a special place in my heart. I discovered it in the early 90's and it's meditative and calm pieces really helped me... Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by D. Plante
this book is about a record made by BRIAN ENO called ANOTHER GREEN WORLD. some people say this album is quite good and want to read a book about it. read it today.Published on May 24, 2012 by gcd
The book basically delivers what most serious Eno fans will be looking for; Eno's ideas, concepts and recording/composing mentality. Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by charles staffeld
Although all the books in the 33-1/3 series, including this one, are advertised as 6.6x4.8 inches, some copies of Another Green World seem to be manufactured on a print-on-demand... Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Designing Books