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Belle and Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister (33 1/3) Paperback – September 15, 2007
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"Plagenhoefknows his subject matter inside and out and has gone the extra mile to researchand contextualize the work- a necessary task, since the band refused to beinterviewed for the project...it's nice to see a modern classic get some due recognition." —Under the Radar Magazine
“Plagenhoefknows his subject matter inside and out and has gone the extra mile to researchand contextualize the work- a necessary task, since the band refused to beinterviewed for the project...it’s nice to see a modern classic get some due recognition.” –Under the Radar Magazine
About the Author
Scott Plagenhoef is Managing Editor for Pitchfork Media, the world's most popular and influential alternative music website.
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I'm not sure why I'm surprised. Author Scott Plagenhoef is a Pitchfork editor after all, and the book's self-important drone, relentless pursuit of precious Glaswegian novelty and esoterica, and surprisingly dense prose is right out of that hipster haven's hallowed halls. The book, rather than settling for a breezy deconstruction of a rather remarkable record, overdoes itself and becomes something of a lengthy TREATISE on THE CREATION OF BELLE AND SEBASTIAN and the HISTORY OF TWEE IN THE MODERN WORLD and THE RIGHTFUL PLACE OF INDIE MUSIC IN THE POP CULTURAL LANDSCAPE.
That's not to say that I didn't enjoy parts of Plagenhoef's digressions into C86 and Edwyn Collins and Morrissey's asexuality and the rise of the pop group Bis, Britpop's rise and fall, Damon Albarn's silly drunken interviews, Damien Hirst, Oasis vs. Blur, but it would have been real nice to have read A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT "IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER", dude!
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It wasn't really even about the (wonderful, wonderful) album, more about the writer showing off his knowledge of indie pop history and his cred (based on liking the "right" bands) in a meandering mess that occasionally discussed the songs and the band. It's amazing that he could take something so beloved and honest, claim to relate deeply with that something, and then write about it in such a selfish, pretentious, and awful way. I actually wanted to punch the writer.
The only saving grace of the book was the one paragraph where he admitted that Just a Modern Rock Story is an infinitely more worthwhile read. At least he got that part right.
I've been interested in the 33 1/3 series for a while, but this is the first one that I've read. I'm turned off now.
This book IS NOT about "If You're Feeling Sinister". This book IS about:
2. Stuart Murdough and his illness
3. The frustration of the press with Belle and Sebastian's decision not to provide interviews or photos.
4. Indie Rock, and Twee in particular
5. How a lot of other music in the late 1990's was meatheaded and conspired against people who considered themselves very sensitive.
6. The Belle And Sebastian fans
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I was delighted to find this book offered on Kindle and read it almost in one (long) night. It offers a in-depth look at one of the most engaging innovators of indie-pop, Belle &... Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Douglas Bowman
This book has some interesting info about Belle & Sebastian. Perplexingly, that info's mostly about Tigermilk, with very little analysis of the actual songs on If You're Feeling... Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by John Wraith