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Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows Hardcover – March 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810982668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810982666
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Neal Casal is the lead guitarist for Ryan Adams and the Cardinals as well as a singer/songwriter who has released nine solo albums. Ryan Adams is a celebrated singer/songwriter who has released six solo albums as well as five albums with his band the Cardinals. Phil Lesh is a founding member of the iconic Grateful Dead. 

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A great coffee table book.
Dougles
Neal Casal has a great eye for photography.
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Come back to us Cardinals!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Harmeling on February 23, 2010
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For roughly five years, singer/guitarist/diva Ryan Adams fronted a badass rock/Americana/alt-country band called the Cardinals. During this time, the Cardinals recorded, released, and toured on Jacksonville City Nights, Cold Roses, Easy Tiger, Follow the Lights, and Cardinology. Adams produced and the Cardinals served as Willie Nelson's backing band on Songbird.

Guitarist Neal Casal was not only an integral member of the Cardinals, throughout his tenure with the band he chronicled the studio, the road, and everything in between. Adams is clearly the muse, the inspiration, and focus, but at the same time nobody else (with the possible exception of Casal himself) is reduced to bit player status. Telling and poignant photos of drummer Brad Pemberton, bassist Chris Feinstein (aka "Spacewolf"), and pedal steel guitarist Jon Graboff are plentiful, as are shots from the studio with Willie Nelson, from a soundstage with Henry Rollins, and from the road with Oasis.

For all of the energy that goes into two hours onstage, musicians don't stop living the other 22 hours in a day. There are amazing concert photos in this book, but probably more critical to the vibe and construction of the whole is the way Casal captures the animals when the doors to the zoo are locked and the keepers have gone home for the night. There can be no doubt that the tightness and precision that made this band "melt faces" on a nightly basis permeated their personal relationships as well; the band members say as much, but more importantly the pictures show the camaraderie and unity of five soldiers marching in unison.

Casal's book tells a story in a way that words could not. You do not need to a fan of Ryan Adams (or Phil Lesh, Willie Nelson, and/or Oasis) to enjoy this book. At its core, this is a rock and roll book and it tells THE rock and roll story from an unprecedented and unique angle.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Brown on February 20, 2010
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Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows
I was amazed at the intimacy of this book. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals are a HUGELY popular band. You've heard their music, seen them on the Tonight Show and Letterman and listened to them in movies, but some people don't know them by name. Even if you're not one of the people who offered me $300 for a $40 ticket to one of their shows once, you will be amazed by the truth the pictures in this book tell about life in a major rock band.

Guitarist Neal Casal's voice, guitar and musicianship is second to none, but here, his eye for the visceral is on display. From the moment he first joined the band, he had the foresight to record as many moments as possible with his camera. I'VE NEVER HEARD OF ANYONE IN THE BAND doing this! That makes this a one-of-a-kind look at what it takes to make the music we love. You'll never take your favorite band for granted again.

The visuals are breathtaking and the captions are so honest that you feel, at times, like you're eavesdropping. I think this is one of the best photo books I've ever seen, and as a creative director I've seen plenty. If you've ever wanted to be in a band, you may change your mind when you read this. Or you may not. It's difficult, rewarding and tragic life depicted in these pages. To tell that story from the point of view of the one who lived it and not some hanger-on is rare, inspirational and raw genius. If I could, I would "go to eleven" stars.

A forward by Ryan Adams, an afterward by Phil Lesh and photos by Neal Casal! With that, I highly recommend A View of Other Windows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Perry on February 23, 2010
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This is a beautiful book, full of beautiful pictures. I love everything about it. I've been a RA&C fan for a long time, and have waited for something like this, that would provide a glimpse into the lives of the musicians on the road and in the studio.

The presentation is also notably great; a really high quality hardback book with matte/glossy cover, and very heavy pages.
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Neal Casal captured so many truly intimate moments of not only being a member of The Cardinals,
but as an incredible photographer, especially from a journalistic view. His images represent the bands best
line up since bassist, Chris Feinstein, aka. Spacewolf was sought after to bring his magic alive as a Cardinal.
Neal's images are full of emotion and provide true insight into the life of being
on the road and in the studio with such an amazing group of men -
not just musicians. Because this book was published after Feinstein passed
away I consider it a true homage to one of the best Bass players of all time.
Neal, not only are you a Rockstar but one talented photographer whose
presence behind the camera is subtle, beautiful, heart-warming and undeniably
captures the sharp personalities of each band member with a careful, distinguished eye.
Each Cardinal's quotes in the book only re-enforce the intimacy of the photo's,
from both behind closed doors and in the public eye.

Check out:
Cardinology
Cardinology [Vinyl]
Follow the Lights [Vinyl]
easy tiger LP
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By Dougles on April 23, 2010
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Having had the chance to have seen quite a few RATC shows while the band was still in existence, and having followed Neal's photos closely on his website previous to the publication of this book, I was ecstatic to see that these awesome photos finally found a home beyond internet-land. This book is very well put together, the photo printing is phenomenal, and the added commentary from the band nicely accentuates the photos. A great coffee table book. I hope to have Neal sign mine one day, if I ever get the chance to meet him. My only wish is that the band were still together to continue the amazing music that they made.
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