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Turquoise Days: The Weird World of Echo & the Bunnymen Paperback – July 24, 2002


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (July 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887128891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887128896
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Adams is an Echo & The Bunnymen fan turned confidante. He has been working with the band on this text for upwards of four years.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angela M. Devlen on February 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm so glad I came across this book! It's obvious Chris Adams was allowed into the inner Bunnyman circle. Lyrics, conversations, stories, this book has beaucoup info. It's the best book I've read on a band in a long time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Flott on January 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book goes beyond a mere biographic narrative of a band. It delivers as advertised, presented in the coolest layout design I've ever seen. If you're a Bunnymen fan then this is a must have; the lyrics alone are worth it, if you're a music fan then this is a must have because of the historical content with regards to music, Liverpool, and it shows that as a society there was substance in the music we listened to. This book proves "POPULAR" music did not just move from the 70's and disco into the 80's and hair bands. There was Echo and the Bunnymen bridging the gap from "POPULAR" music over to music that mattered and here they are telling us how it all happened. Mr. Adams has redefined the rock/music biography. Excellent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Hilgart on October 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a chronological "oral history" sort of book. 90% of the text is made up of interview material and press clippings. The other 10% glues all this together into a coherent episode-by-episode history.

I'm a die-hard Bunnymen fan, and on the whole, I learned quite a bit, both about the band's history and about the personalities of everyone involved. The drawback is that Ian McCulloch is the source of well over half of the quotations that make up the book, and lots of his comments were made well after the songs and events he's talking about. I would have preferred more from other band members and more contemporaneous commentary - but I'm sure the author would have liked that too!

The feature of the book that makes it a permanent reference is the inclusion of EVERY lyric from the Bunnymen, up through "Flowers." (The Mac solo albums' lyrics are also included, while the Ian-less period's lyrics are omitted.) Alongside each lyric is commentary relating to it, which is often quite informative.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wcubooks on August 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Awesome book with a great layout! I was lucky enough to meet Chris Adams and saw him interacting with the band personally, so I know he was able to get some great inside information. The book has a wonderful layout with the stories behind the songs from Mac and the band. I loved how Chris included the band's comments and reviews from years gone by- it really gives you a unique perspective about what they were thinking and going through at the time. I laughed out loud quite a few times at some of the quotes and I feel like I really know the band now. The book just flows and you don't want to put it down once you start it. An absolute MUST for any fan! Highly recommended!
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Well written, detailed history of the band, their rise to fame and their inner workings. I highly recommend it for those interested in how bands operate, especially alternative bands during the 80s.

This book goes especially well with the Julian Cope book Head On, which details the rise of The Teardrop Explodes and has sections pertaining to Ian McCulloch and their co-written song "Books" (or "Read It In Books" depending on which band you are listening to) which both bands recorded their own version of in their early days. There are also chapters that detail the representation from Zoo records for both bands during their ascent to fame, and situations where Ian McCullogh's version of events differ from Julian Cope's which are rather interesting as well. Both books together are a great read!
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By Shayna Curley on December 19, 2011
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Very cool little book with band quotes and interviews, lyrics, recent and older photos and a band bio. My mum loves this band and I have gotten to know many fans and I would recommend this book to each of them as it was written by someone who also loves EatB. Nice collectable for any fan and worthy of this group.
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