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In Heaven Everything Is Fine: The Unsolved Life of Peter Ivers and the Lost History of New Wave Theatre Paperback – December 15, 2009
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The author has done an excellent job researching his subject and I'd give the book five stars on that count. Speaking to scores of friends and associates from throughout Peter's adult life and career (there is scant attention paid to his childhood, though enough to form the basis of an understanding of what drove and challenged him as an artist and a man), this is a well fleshed out story. Moreover, the book is well crafted and structured, written in a prose that is clear, expressive and insightful. Five stars again. So often, when a famous pop (or cult) musician is given a posthumous biographical treatment in book form, one finds that the author is a longtime fan with a passionate appreciation of the artist's music, but little sense of objectivity and no gift for writing. Josh Frank and his co-author have written a book that is a touching and compelling read, which I had trouble putting down over the course of the two or three days I was engrossed in reading it. This is as much (or more so) a portrait of Peter the friend and human being as it is of Peter the musician and creative artist.Read more ›
The book alternates between the story of Peter's life and career and the murder investigation, until the two stories sadly become one. Throughout the book you really get a sense of Peter's unbridled enthusiasm for life and his inspiring passion for all things creative. By the end of the book you'll understand why Peter touched so many people's lives so deeply.
Even if you only know him for his records, as the host of New Wave Theater, or as the guy that wrote the song from Eraserhead, the story is captivating enough for anyone with an interest in the arts to make this book reading.
Ivers was an original--instigating critical collaborations until his potential was stifled by a fatal bludgeoning in 1983. Josh Frank has meticulously researched the life and times of Peter Ivers and has composed a portrait of the artist which is vibrant with information, painstaking in its re-creations, beautiful through memories and heartbreaking with premature endings. Throughout, Josh Frank's episodic technique--followed by interview clips and 'casebook studies'--flesh out the person who was Ivers...an artist whose importance has largely been underestimated.
Hopefully--with the publishing of 'In Heaven Everything Is Fine'--Peter Ivers' work will gain renewed appreciation...and Josh Frank's work will achieve the recognition it deserves.
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While it's quite great to stumble onto any chronicle about the life and death of Peter Ivers and the seminal New Wave Theatre, I have problems when I catch a detail I know to be... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. A. Goodman
I'm sorry to say... but this was a frustrating book to read. First of all, there seemed to be technical glitches with the Kindle Edition. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by rspivey
item arrived fast and is exactly as described, a super interesting book that puts the Peter Ivers mystery in new light,
must read for the New Wave theater fans!
I like this book very much because it is very well-written, well-edited, and the characters are intrinsically interesting. Read morePublished on May 8, 2009 by Eric H. Sigward