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In this innovative and intelligent book, British novelist and essayist Bracewell (The Nineties: When Surface Was Depth) explores how the 1972 release of the eponymously named debut album by Roxy Music—a manifesto written in the language of heavily stylized, nuanced and atmospheric pop and rock music—was actually the culmination of a decade-long British movement in which fine art and the avant-garde met the vivacity of pop and fashion with the goal of dissolving the boundaries between high and low art forms. Bracewell describes in fascinating detail a range of famous and obscure artists, first in the fine arts departments at Newcastle and Reading universities and later in the London of the swinging '60s, and delivers in effect a history of the British pop art movement, with special praise for the influence of artist Richard Hamilton at Newcastle, with whom Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry studied. By the time Bracewell ends his look at Roxy Music at its moment of becoming, he has definitively shown how the roots of Ferry's artistic vision of the band, both as a musical group and as a pop art concept, helped him produce one of the most original groups of its time, fusing an eclectic range of influences from modern music, popular culture and fine art (Dec.)
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“Through a treasure trove of interviews, Bracewell often steps back to let the individuals tell their own story…However he is not afraid to add is own often astute observations from time to time…Part biography, part pop art appreciation, part late '60s/early '70s cultural study, this book equals more than the sum of its parts.”
the item that I had ordered which was mentioned above the book about roxy music called remake/remodel becoming roxy music was shipped and delivered right on time with no problems... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eric Stuart Massar
Good on the early life of Ferry and Mackay with a lot of detail on rather marginal characters. Disappointing that there was less detail on the band dynamics in the early years... Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Steven Clifford
I found this book almost completely unreadable. I guess if you are interested in the obscure machinations of the avant-guarde art scene in 1950s/60s Newcastle then you might be... Read morePublished on April 19, 2009 by Amazon Customer