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"Crawling out of the same noisy, punk and hardcore indie underground of the early 1980s, Dinosaur Jr. and the Jesus Lizard took somewhat similar paths on the road to becoming two of the most influential bands of their generation...Now the two bands have something else in common: books. Two beautiful volumes, The Jesus Lizard Book (Akashic) and Rocket 88's Dinosaur Jr. scrapbook...Both are loving tributes to two very unique bands."
--Flavorwire

"Book is pretty much the sort of thing you would want from any band you adore: thoughtful, articulate comments from all of the players, short essays, some only a few lines, from various folks who knew or worked with them and a ton of excellent photos."
--Austin American-Statesman

"The Jesus Lizard Book by The Jesus Lizard (out now). Much like Dinosaur Jr., the band has created a detailed, full-color hardcover for its fans. And as a bonus, members are reuniting to promote it at South by Southwest and elsewhere."
--Pensacola News Journal

"Imagine a round table discussion with the Jesus Lizard in a dark bar drinking all afternoon, listening to all the war stories."
--BeatRoute Magazine

"Book is FULL of cool shit: silly pictures, lots of stories, full band member auto-bios, and the band's narrative."
--The Stranger Slog

"The only way to truly do this band justice in book form is with exactly the kind of energetic and engaging visual weight that Book provides."
--KGB Bar Lit Magazine

"There is finally a book that captures the godhead megalithic monstrosity that was the Jesus Lizard....know this is going to be one of my favourite books of all-time."
--The HuffPost Music (Canada)

"The deluxe coffee-table book about The Jesus Lizard that we can't believe exists."
--Oregon Public Broadcasting/NPR

"The big, beautiful Jesus Lizard Book...delivers a fun, albeit wild ride fans are sure to enjoy thoroughly."
--BookPeople Blog

"Book suits the Jesus Lizard as well as, say, The Dirt suits Mötley Crüe....Everyone I know loves the Jesus Lizard, and all those same folks are going to love Book."
--Dark Forces Swing Blind Punches

"Stunning new work of popular culture historiography...The Jesus Lizard Book is a work of art, and it should be treated as such."
--Alibi.com

"It's less a compendium of traditional rock band hedonism and more of an example of how things can be done right."
--Stand Up, Hippy!

About the Author

The Jesus Lizard (1988–1999) hailed from Chicago by way of Austin, Texas. They released seven records on the independent record label Touch and Go, and a few more on different major labels. Many have called them the best live band of the 1990s. Unlike most of their contemporaries, the Jesus Lizard managed to create a beast, an entirely autonomous being, an entity who outgrew and is very likely to also outlive their makers. While each and every personality in the group is an integral part of its mentality and thus ultimately irreplaceable, it is the rapport and friction between them which makes the music possible, allows it to blossom and eventually break free. It was not just David Wm. Sims’s monolithic basslines, but the stance he took in order to deliver them. Like a sailor manning a raft through a storm at high sea, he took position at stage right and pounded away at his instrument—stoic, reliable, and unwavering. Mac McNeilly’s drumming didn't merrily serve as a time-giver, but as a display of unrestrained energy and a joyously bouncing, good-natured spirit. Somersaulting patterns and probability-defying breaks were stacked on top of one another, made to tumble and fall only to be caught again, as if a boxer was juggling dishes while pummeling an already delirious opponent. Duane Denison shaped his guitar work like a taxidermist dissecting a puppy. With cruel precision, he stabbed and sliced and inserted the limbs of chord progressions with bolts and rods and wire, smiling dreamily while his riffs danced around onstage like biomechanical freaks of nature. Then there was the man who is the embodiment of the band’s name, the tormented soul thrown about and struggling to withstand the torrent in the tornado of the music: David Yow spilled his insides while he spent most of the shows in, no on the audience, being lifted and carried by the masses, groping and ripping at him, trying to be part, greedily looking to get a piece of the action; he was the ingenious saboteur, the anarchistic oddball in this form of modern theater with the other three serving as the perfect “straight men” to his madness.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617750808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617750809
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As beautiful as a drunk pissing in the corner of the Louvre, the Jesus Lizard were the last great rock band. They played art rock that rocked. The adjectives "noisy" and "abrasive" are always tossed around when describing the music of this band, but I never got that. As an alt-rock kid coming of age in the nineties, this stuff is classical music to me. BOOK is worthy of it's subject. Page after page of lovely photographs. I really enjoy the unfiltered commentary and prose from the musicians themselves, and the associates, friends, and spouses of the band as well. The Pitchfork review that summarized BOOK as a meditation on the notion of success is spot on. Also, plenty of good stuff to chew on for fans of the band who are music theory/gear nerds without getting bogged down in that stuff for regular fans. Highly highly recommended.
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One of my favorite bands since I was a kid, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book. It's heavy on the candid photos, which are cool but don't quite capture the feel of the band's music or live performances. There's some amazing stuff in here though such as David Wm. Sims recounting info, memories, writing process, time signatures, etc. about nearly every song released by the band. There's also pages of technical mic placement and studio recording notes. Lots of stories from the band's friends recounting how amazing they are. But I think my favorite part is the recurring image of David Yow urinating nonchalantly while walking down the street. If you're a fan of the band enough to own a few of their albums, this book is a great addition to their catalog.
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I have waited for this my whole adult life. So many fuzzy memories. Thanks fellas for all the rock !
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"Book" really does a great job of fleshing out what the band was like and how they grew over time. I, myself, was happy to learn that the guys got some money for all their work. They may not be billionaires but were able to make music their only job and have things to show for it, unlike many bands out there.
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This book was better than I expected. I am a huge fan and seen the jesus lizard many times.
They even included a poster from one of my favorite shows Dirt, Jesus Lizard and Sonic Youth.
The writing is well done. I got this for a gift for someone special and I am probably going to order
another for me.
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Bought this for my boyfriend who's a huge fan. He was very pleased with the craftsmanship and overall quality. Great gift for all punks!
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