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M.I.A. Hardcover – October 23, 2012

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Editorial Reviews

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"The book contains original drawings, collages, photographs, and digital artwork, with intermittent textual commentary, detailing the political and artistic evolution that led her to pursue music as a more publicly accessible, aggressive medium." ~Complex Magazine

"As chaotic and trippy as Magic Eye, this book is as overwhelming as it is powerful—much like the artist herself." ~Lifestyle Mirror

"...collages, prints and concept artwork by the renegade artist and turns them into a cacophony of colour. The riotous art appears on her manicure, clothing, walls and takes readers through the themes that underlie M.I A.'s work and self-presentation" ~National Post

About the Author

Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, M.I.A. (her stage name, “Missing in Act(i)on”) is an English musician, producer, painter, and director. Her music combines elements of hip-hop, electronica, dance, alternative, and influences from around the world. She is the first artist to be nominated for all of the following awards: an Academy Award (for her work on the soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire), two Grammys, a Brit Award, and Mercury Prize; and the first artist of Asian descent to be nominated for an Academy Award and Grammy in the same year. The first nine years of her life were marked by displacement due to the Sri Lankan civil war—a theme that influences her work, which is often political.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847839176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847839179
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I absolutely love her rework and her story. It's very admirable where she came from and her dedication to the civil war in Sri Lanka. Her art is unlike anything I've sen before and as an artist myself it's very inspiring.
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Eh, it's OK. Probably more appealing for those really into MIA's artwork. Although I did find the Foreword by Steve Loveridge, a fellow film student during her college years to be VERY fascinating. Great insight into MIA's start. Awesome pics too.
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i LOVE this book. prints and patterns take up the entire page - so many of them would be awesome framed. really neat insight into MIA's taste. just like MIA, this book is one of a kind.
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I love Maya. This book is a great coffee table accessory and it's fun to look at/read. The only thing is that it could've done with a bit more editing. There are some grammar/spelling mistakes, and sometimes the narrative seemed disconnected, but that's kinda how M.I.A. talks in general...I don't even really care, though. It was a good price for an otherwise $35 book if anything.
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What a beautiful book - It is big, bright, and informative. The story of Maya's education is one not unfamiliar to undergraduates around the world. Hers is more complicated because of the power struggle in her home country.

The story of M.I.A.'s musical and graphic development stands on its own, but the vivid colors (including a metallic green spot color on the color) makes it a great coffee table book. Furthermore, the low-fi nature of her patterns and posters inspires experimentation with design tools, even among amateurs.
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A compilation of Maya's work in great graphics, great material and amazing bio and subtitling to the imagens. I recommend it not only for the fans, but for anyone who seeks inspiration in visual art. The way she spread her political point of view is inspiring.
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MIA is one of the best musicians of this generation because of how inventive she is. This book shows you that she's more of an artist/musician than an entertainer. There is a big difference. It gives you a visual guide through all three of her albums and her famous mix tape. All three of her albums are unique and incomparable, this book does a good job of proving that. Its a very fascinating book.
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Personally I love MIA and all her work so I wanted to get this book to more fully understand her and that's what this book does. It presents her artwork that she was making alongside with her music over the years that most people haven't seen. The art isn't groundbreaking or anything, but it's very her, and that's why I love it. It also contains some of her opinions on her own albums and some backstory of when she was in college.
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