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Black Book: The Live History of blur Paperback – October 9, 2009
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About the Author
Drew Athans is a PhD chemist living and working in the Boston area. He's a husband and father of three, and in his spare time he's also a musician. A huge fan of music in general and blur in particular, he began this project in 2003 and finally completed it in 2009.
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Every Blur fan will be delighted with vivid portrayals of band members at stage, accurate sound quality ratings, tour dates, set lists of each show and, on top of that, an innovative biography of one of the most influential bands of the last twenty years.
As a music collector guide, this work pushes the genre boundaries turning the stream of data into a very pleasant reading, fitting perfectly into the multi-layered narrative of the Internet era.
In adition, this book gives you a clear knowledge of the individual talents of Blur's musicians and how they were mixed together to produce part of the sound that defined de 90's. A must have for music lovers and good readers.
It is well written and the author has clearly spent a lot of time on this.The reviews of the gigs i have been at are bang on and i can't disagree with any of what he has said.
I like the fact that Drew let's you know the quality of the recordings as well.
This really is a book that does a great band like Blur justice and is a must read for anyone who is interested in there live history but i would also say that any music fan would enjoy reading this as it is so well written.
Thanks Drew for sharing the book with us.
It might be of interest to the general blur fan as well, but it's definitely most intended for those with a more extreme devotion to the band.
Fans of blur who have not explored the world of their concert recordings are missing a significant part of the band's history and music. If you'd like to start on a journey of exploring this territory, Black Book is a great guide on your way!
It also contains an exhaustive list of Blur songs and if, when and where they have been performed, plus a wonderful tour history list from 1989 to 2009. A marvellous achievement and an excellent read.