on April 6, 2014
As beautiful as a drunk pissing in the corner of the Louvre, the Jesus Lizard were the last great rock band. They played art rock that rocked. The adjectives "noisy" and "abrasive" are always tossed around when describing the music of this band, but I never got that. As an alt-rock kid coming of age in the nineties, this stuff is classical music to me. BOOK is worthy of it's subject. Page after page of lovely photographs. I really enjoy the unfiltered commentary and prose from the musicians themselves, and the associates, friends, and spouses of the band as well. The Pitchfork review that summarized BOOK as a meditation on the notion of success is spot on. Also, plenty of good stuff to chew on for fans of the band who are music theory/gear nerds without getting bogged down in that stuff for regular fans. Highly highly recommended.
on May 13, 2014
One of my favorite bands since I was a kid, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book. It's heavy on the candid photos, which are cool but don't quite capture the feel of the band's music or live performances. There's some amazing stuff in here though such as David Wm. Sims recounting info, memories, writing process, time signatures, etc. about nearly every song released by the band. There's also pages of technical mic placement and studio recording notes. Lots of stories from the band's friends recounting how amazing they are. But I think my favorite part is the recurring image of David Yow urinating nonchalantly while walking down the street. If you're a fan of the band enough to own a few of their albums, this book is a great addition to their catalog.
on November 10, 2014
"Book" really does a great job of fleshing out what the band was like and how they grew over time. I, myself, was happy to learn that the guys got some money for all their work. They may not be billionaires but were able to make music their only job and have things to show for it, unlike many bands out there.
on June 3, 2014
Great read, great band, great pictures, great stories, great, great, great.....turn on the albums while reading, crank and full volume!!