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Modest Mouse: A Pretty Good Read Paperback – November 14, 2006
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THE BEST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STAR IS SOMETIMES THE WORST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STAR
Unruly and antagonistic, the Washington State rock trio Modest Mouse would seem like one of the least likely candidates for mainstream stardom: Their often brilliant live performances sometimes collapsed into utter chaos. Their highly original, highly off-center songs ran as long as eleven minutes. And their leader managed to raise eyebrows among music writers, law officials . . . and sometimes even his fans.
But Modest Mouse persevered. They didn't compromise their original, compelling musical style, nor did they lighten up on the attitude. They just waited for the world at large to catch up.
In 2004, with the release of their smash single "Float On," it finally happened. And it was worth the wait. For everybody.
Journalist Alan Goldsher uncovers the strange, little-known details of Modest Mouse's rise from DIY indie heroes to platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated international superstars. Goldsher also reveals the troubled background and fractured history of frontman Isaac Brock, a charismatic, cantankerous singer/songwriter who has spent as much time avoiding the media as he has attempting to control it.
Thoroughly researched, sharply funny, and filled with more than thirty rare photos, this unauthorized biography shows how Modest Mouse trashed the Behind the Music mold and created their own unique version of the rock 'n' roll, rags-to-expensive-rags success story.
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Top Customer Reviews
I would describe this book as a time line of their album releases interrupted by very opinionated reviews on almost EVERY SINGLE track on their albums. The author picks apart each song and explains (poorly) in words exactly what you hear... If I wanted to know what it sounded like I would ...listen to it. Also, most of the information gathered is from reviews of their albums, so what you find yourself reading is actually just a review of the reviews. LITERALLY all the information in the book can be found online, nothing new is presented. I really regret how much I anticipated this books release.
If I had actually wasted money on this thing (I read the first few chapters in a bookstore), I'd probably find this guy personally and make him give me my money back.
I was also bothered by his reviews of a lot of the songs and albums. I didn't buy the book for reviews. He dissed some of the songs that I hold nearest and dearest as a Modest Mouse fan. This is not what I anticipated when I bought a friggn' biography about Modest Mouse.
Rolling Stone: There's a new, unauthorized biography of Modest Mouse. Have you read any of it?
Isaac Brock: No. I don't know how you'd write a biography about a band without talking to any of the players or their families. I think it's written on speculation, from magazine articles and ****. I think the guy who wrote it is a ******* *** and an *******.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Glad I bought it bc I loved owning modest mouse memorabilia but this was actually a pretty bad read to say the least.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you are going to bash a book, at least buy it and read the whole thing, while i do agree that it should be called a "semi ok yet quite confusing read" fans of modest mouse (i am... Read morePublished on August 28, 2008 by A. Dawson
This book is written in a way which is B-B-Boring. I can read a 400 page book in 2 days. I couldn't bring myself to read this, and I love reading about bands. Read morePublished on July 11, 2008 by CSCAGS
These overwhelmingly negative reviews surprise me. I read this book in a matter of a few days. And I wasn't speed reading, no I was interested, thoroughly, in fact. Read morePublished on June 30, 2008 by L. Ricciuti
I'm not a Modest Mouse fanatic, by any stretch, but I don't know what all of these other reviewers are talking about. Read morePublished on April 19, 2007 by N. Rosenberg