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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811874583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811874588
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Scoates is the director of the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach. He lives in Southern California.

Thom Yorke is the lead vocalist and songwriter for Radiohead.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on June 3, 2011
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Through a series of worldwide tours from the bands Radiohead and Oasis, millions have seen the breathtaking work of lighting director Andi Watson. Watson's light beams and computer based concert staging are both deceptively simple and memorably striking.

In "Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was The Lighting and Stage Design of Andi Watson" author Christopher Scoates unpacks the intricacies behind the effects with a series of interviews, diagrams, photographs and behind the scene details that bring life to the designs and explain the background and development necessary to create the illuminating effects that represent these bands in the live arena.

Scoates, the director of the University Art Museum at Cal State, Long Beach, has taking a welcomed leap first, by even deciding to cover what may seem like an esoteric subject and secondly, by doing such a thorough and complete job of detailing the multiple dimensions brought to bear to create the final, dramatic product. Scoates first met Watson at the Radiohead "IN Rainbows" stop at the Hollywood Bowl well into the second phase of the lighting director's career. In backtracking, the author relates Watson's colorful history (he worked for bands like INXS, Prince and the Cure before signing on with the nascent Oxford band Radiohead) as well as dedicating a chapter to the history of concert lighting, from the early work of Lazlo Mohony-Nagy in the 1930s to the liquid light movements of the underground 60's to the major stadium undertakings of Pink Floyd (The Wall), the Rolling Stones (Steel Wheels tour) and U2 (Pop Mart, Zoo TV and 360 Tour).
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By Leah McCall on February 9, 2014
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I had to do a book report on this so I did. I thought it was going to be about Andi and reviewing his work, his process, and how he uses technology to enhance his designs. It was to an extent but was mostly a history lesson, a comparison to other designers, and a picture book. I liked it but It was was not what I expected. It was more of a coffee table book or easy reading on a flight.
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The book is really a compilation of short articles, some relevant, some I have no idea why they are included. However, if a picture tells a thousand words then this book is worth it. The photography of the lighting designs is incredible. The text after the first main article is just filler at best. Most of the text was pointless to me. Can we have a version with the first article and twice as many pictures? That would be worth twice as much.
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By Alessandro on February 18, 2013
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very intersting books for the photos and plots, not as much for the writing. I had the impression the writer didn't know how to fill the pages. Too many names and cultural movements superficially and sometimes randomly mentioned one after the other.
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Andy Watson is one amazing guy! He is genius in creating amazing and unique stage lighting. I really admire his style and the designs he has done all thru out the world. It was really great to see how each stage was built with detailed designs and descriptions. Any one who is interested in stage lighting and see how the top notch LD does his art work, must check out this book.
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