"Chase has a done a fine job here in not only securing interviews with the members, but also in setting out their story in a clear and concise manner." The Crack Magazine
"I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the minutiae of perhaps the only band to mix big funky baselines with navel-gazing misery and get away with it." theartsdesk
"There were few more respected groups than Magazine . . . provocative image-mongering, a sophisticated sense of what the future might look like, a thrilling metallic power . . . formidable. After songs like these, there really wasn't anything left to prove." The Guardian
"Howard Devoto . . . the man who introduced a new literacy not just into punk but into rock as a whole. Remarkable lyrics, traditional, but poisonous to the usual pop-line clichés." Paul Morley, NME.com
"Magazine's influence is all over today's music." Paul Draper, musican, Mansun
"Refreshingly unfussy for music writing, and [the author] wisely steps back to allow those who were there to tell their own stories." Daniel Gray, The Skinny
About the Author
Helen Chase is a teacher, a music writer, and the author of Franz: An AZ of Franz Ferdinand.
Like the best books about seminal rock bands, Helen Chase's "Magazine" makes you want to drag out their music and listen to it with fresh ears. Chase resists metaphor and editorializing -- almost to a fault -- instead relying almost entirely on interview quotes. The members of Magazine come across as ordinary people thrust into an extraordinary milieu, wrestling their own ambitions and flare-ups of ego to give a sober assessment of an amazing, all-too-brief catalog of music that bridged punk, post-punk, funk, and prog. That their music manages to sound remarkably fresh 30 years later is a testament to their tenacious musical vision.
Other than being slightly newsy and detached, Chase delivers an dense book in a slim package, even including a chapter devoted to the band's album artwork which should satisfy graphic design fetishists and fans of Malcolm Garrett.
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