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"'A brilliant series of pocket-sized books focussing on a classic album. Each one a work of real love.' NME"

About the Author

Ben Sisario writes about music and culture for The New York Times, teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and is a commentator on the New York public radio station WFUV. He lives in New York City.

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  • Series: 33 1/3 (Book 31)
  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (March 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826417744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826417749
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 0.6 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By missed VINE VOICE on May 20, 2006
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Another great little tome from the 33 1/3 series, The Pixies' Doolittle is an in-depth examination of arguably the best album of the Pixies' catalogue. We're given a brief history of the band, from its formation to the recording of the "Purple Tape" (which morphed into Come On Pilgrim) and Surfer Rosa, but the creation of Doolittle is the crux of the book. Sisario does an excellent job of breaking down the mysterious lyrics of the album tracks, and provides an in-depth look into the influence of surrealism and the Old Testament on Thompson's lyrics. We learn how each track was composed, and how the overall album came about in the studio with interviews from all the key players save Kim Deal, who did not partake in this literary project (sadly). Sisario's take on the Pixies is fresh and invigorating, and TPD will go down in Pixies history as a book that got it right.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Steinchen on April 27, 2006
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Which isn't saying much, as I've only read the ones on The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society, David Bowie's Low, the Neutral Milk Hotel one, and There's A Riot Goin' On. First off, this is not a fictional narrative ala The Smith's Meat if Murder volume in this series. Rather, it has structurally more in common with the Kinks and Bowie ones. For those not familiar with the series, Sisario puts the album in context of its time period, and within the band's history, as well as examining the album itself. This volume benefits highly from the fact that Sisario obviously interviewed Frank Black/Black Francis, which the other volumes lack (not neccessarily to their detriment, but still, a noticeable difference). Other interviews with other band members, producers, and engineers provide alot of color and depth to Sisario's story of the genesis of the album. However, what drives this book higher than the others is its actual commentary of the album itself. Without destroying the magic of your own interpretation of the songs, Sisario's obvious literate nature (he references many Surrealists that show much more than an armchair knowledge) fused with his engaging writing style (his humor shows forth with some funny bashing of things such as Roger Daltrey's acting career) really make an album that I thought I knew back to front seem fresh again with detailed and intellectual observations. Thats hard for me with Doolittle - of all the albums in this series I have probably listened to that one the most, to the point where I don't even own it anymore, but now I want to go out and get a copy again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Overton on August 2, 2007
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Doolittle has been my favorite album since it came out... I read this book sitting on a beach in Vancouver, CA, surrounded by drag-queens, interpretive dancers, Sikhs, Chinese families, and with a fireworks show in the harbor... the surrealism of the surroundings was only enhanced by the book...
Sisario's humor and obvious literary knowledge made this book about one of the greatest albums and bands ever an amazing treat... art, philosophy, music, biography, psychology, all compounded to make this an ideal book for even non-Pixies fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Owen on May 16, 2010
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The first thing to know about the 33 1/3 series is that since each book is written by a different author, each book will have its own tone, style, and in some cases, format. For example, the book about Radiohead's OK Computer is a dry analysis of the music theory behind the album, while the book for PJ Harvey's Rid of Me is actually short fiction. So it's important you read the description and reviews of each carefully before purchasing.

Thankfully, the format for the Doolittle installment is more straight-forward than the examples I cite above: it's written in the basic long article style you'd expect to read in Spin or Rolling Stone. That's not very surprising since the author, Ben Sisario, is a regular contributor to these magazines. Through interviews with the band members (especially Charles Thompson and excluding Kim Deal, who refused to participate) and others involved, he quickly covers the formation of the band in 1986 and their early and quick success (in England, at least) with Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, before moving on to the main subject.

Not surprisingly, there is a lot here about Thompson's writing influences, especially his interests in surrealistic art (its influence is most notable on "Debaser", which begins "Got me a movie! Ha ha ha ho! Slicing up eyeballs! Ha ha ha ho!" after the Bunuel and Dali film `Un chien andalou') and religious & mythological storytelling, ("Ole Neptuna's only daughter" & "Then, God is seven!") which came to their greatest fruition on Doolittle. Sisario does a good job of getting the story on Thompson's oftentimes obscure, almost impressionistic lyrics. Sometimes, as Thompson admits, words came for no better reason than a rhyme pattern, yet they always seem to coalesce around the themes that interest him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leaman G. Crews on January 15, 2009
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I won't repeat what everyone else has said here. Suffice to say that this is an excellent read, very well researched, and with precise analysis.

My only problem with the book is how David Lovering is presented. In his brief interview with Dave, Ben makes it seems like he has no recollection of his days in the Pixies, and that Dave can't even describe the band beyond "alternative rock with a girl in the band." That may be how their interview went, but from other sources, it seems Dave is a lot more articulate than presented here. See the Pixies DVD (the one that collects their videos and has the Gouge documentary), and you will see Dave give an interview chock full of details on the band's history.

It's a minor point, but I just had to wonder if Ben purposely wanted to present Dave in this light or not.

The only other thing is not Ben's fault. Kim Deal refused several requests to be interviewed, and her side of the story is greatly missed. It's not surprising though, as she has rarely talked about the Pixies, and also refused to be interviewed for Gouge. But major plus-points to Ben for getting input from Ivo Watts-Russell and Gil Norton, two major players behind the scenes who helped shape the album. (One detail not noted in the book is that Ivo sequenced the album.)

Overall, get this book now if you are a fan of the album, the band, late '80s/early '90s indie, 4AD, or just plain good rock journalism.
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