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This Book is Broken: A Broken Social Scene Story Paperback – July 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press; Original edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088784796X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887847967
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my opinion, there's no other band in indie music today with a more compelling story than Broken Social Scene. They, and the record label they created (Arts & Crafts), alongside Montreal label Constellation are the driving forces behind the Canadian music scene and responsible for some of the best music of the past ten years. What you'll find in This Book is Broken is an oral history of the band told my its members and others from the Toronto music scene along with all manner of rare photos, set lists, and other visual documentation of the band.

I've been a huge BSS fan for years and this was an immensely enjoyable book. When I finished it, I could go back through the band's (and all the related off-shoots) catalogue with a completely new appreciation for the music. The stories and the history will give you the chance to listen to these records with what will seem like a new set of ears. It's made anticipating the upcoming new album in May even more unbearable though because having read about the band's evolution, knowing that they've stripped things down to a six-member core for the new album will undoubtedly push their sound in different directions.
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After going through a nightmarish attempted purchase on E-Bay that finally resulted in a refund after a year of the seller somehow managing to have the book returned back to them every single time, I found this book for a lower price on Amazon. I received it promptly in what I thought was perfect condition, considering it wasn't wrapped (for most books I don't expect them to be encased in plastic anyway). After cracking it open very carefully, and I do baby every book I own and this one of my favorite band would be absolutely no exception, the soft cover came apart from the binding. The pages haven't broken away from the glue yet but I do have to re-attach the cover after each opening. This Book Is Broken took its own title a bit too literally! I can't blame the seller for this but I mention it in case any other buyer has had this trouble or is purchasing and wants to know what to expect. It's an easy fix but just be careful and don't be surprised if it happens.

All in all, if you are a fan of Broken Social Scene or any of its members in the various musical incarnations they've taken over the years, this book is a really beautiful, informal biography of the people that brought the music to life over the years. I waited so long to own this book and I'm so ecstatic that I finally do. The photos, the stories, the history are all worth the read. I love it.
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Anyone who likes the band enough to seek out this book won't find any surprises, but the pictures sure are purdy and capture the communal nature of the group. Breezy and pleasant.
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The book chronicles the band in a very informal and sometimes unstructured way, perfect for a book about Broken Social Scene. It was everything that I wanted it to be, beautiful pictures and insightful commentary.
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