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Phonogram Volume 1: Rue Britannia Paperback – July 3, 2007
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The story arc begins with an avatar of a musical goddess sending a phonomancer (someone who can use music as a medium for arcane practice) on a quest to find out what has happened to one of her aspects, Britannia. Feel free to ignore this setup, though, because it has precisely nothing to do with the proceedings, other than to introduce protagonist David Kohl and give an overview of the setting. The book, for all of its fantasy trappings, is actually a fierce paean to Britpop music and an introspective exploration on what it meant and still means to its fans. David's race to stop the dead goddess from being resurrected as a monster is a thinly veiled history of Britpop's rise from the foundation of 1960s British guitar rock as a response to American grunge, its relatively quick decline and fall, and the state of the genre after it started feeding on itself instead of on a cultural identity. The most interesting part of the story is the consequences David faces if he cannot find Britannia in time: the destruction of his own essence, as his memories are altered and blurred until he is lost and transformed into someone completely different.Read more ›
It is a great metaphor of the about the Brit music scene, its highs and lows, and have a bitter stare over the current music scene and a supposed revival of 90's Britpop. It is a bit about growing up and leaving the weight behind, like it was that easy...
Obviously, if the reader knows the bands (what is much easier in these download days) some references are better understandable, but if you lived the Britpop heyday... man, you will get all layers of the metaphor!!
The Mr. McKelvie's art is fantastic and have great depictions of key people of the Britpop and the text is very passionate, showing that Mr. Gillen must have lived the scene.
It gets 4 stars only for the fact the covers of the mini-series are reproduced in black and white, what is lame (when you see them, you will understand)!!!
The product information omits that detail, so I felt tricked when I bought this.
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This is awesome but really confusing. It took me two read through just to understand what was going on. But maybe I'm just dumb.Published 11 months ago by Alex Carpenter
Much hyped but not very clear. If you're into Brit-pop music it's fun to catch all the music references but beyond that the story is too trippy for me.Published 13 months ago by A. Moskowitz
This book sucks! I read a review somewhere online that had "Phonogram: Rue Britannia," listed as one of ten graphic novels that could easily be made into a great TV series. Read morePublished 19 months ago by HarukiMurakamFan603