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Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows Hardcover – March 1, 2010
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Guitarist Neal Casal was not only an integral member of the Cardinals, throughout his tenure with the band he chronicled the studio, the road, and everything in between. Adams is clearly the muse, the inspiration, and focus, but at the same time nobody else (with the possible exception of Casal himself) is reduced to bit player status. Telling and poignant photos of drummer Brad Pemberton, bassist Chris Feinstein (aka "Spacewolf"), and pedal steel guitarist Jon Graboff are plentiful, as are shots from the studio with Willie Nelson, from a soundstage with Henry Rollins, and from the road with Oasis.
For all of the energy that goes into two hours onstage, musicians don't stop living the other 22 hours in a day. There are amazing concert photos in this book, but probably more critical to the vibe and construction of the whole is the way Casal captures the animals when the doors to the zoo are locked and the keepers have gone home for the night. There can be no doubt that the tightness and precision that made this band "melt faces" on a nightly basis permeated their personal relationships as well; the band members say as much, but more importantly the pictures show the camaraderie and unity of five soldiers marching in unison.
Casal's book tells a story in a way that words could not. You do not need to a fan of Ryan Adams (or Phil Lesh, Willie Nelson, and/or Oasis) to enjoy this book. At its core, this is a rock and roll book and it tells THE rock and roll story from an unprecedented and unique angle.
I was amazed at the intimacy of this book. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals are a HUGELY popular band. You've heard their music, seen them on the Tonight Show and Letterman and listened to them in movies, but some people don't know them by name. Even if you're not one of the people who offered me $300 for a $40 ticket to one of their shows once, you will be amazed by the truth the pictures in this book tell about life in a major rock band.
Guitarist Neal Casal's voice, guitar and musicianship is second to none, but here, his eye for the visceral is on display. From the moment he first joined the band, he had the foresight to record as many moments as possible with his camera. I'VE NEVER HEARD OF ANYONE IN THE BAND doing this! That makes this a one-of-a-kind look at what it takes to make the music we love. You'll never take your favorite band for granted again.
The visuals are breathtaking and the captions are so honest that you feel, at times, like you're eavesdropping. I think this is one of the best photo books I've ever seen, and as a creative director I've seen plenty. If you've ever wanted to be in a band, you may change your mind when you read this. Or you may not. It's difficult, rewarding and tragic life depicted in these pages. To tell that story from the point of view of the one who lived it and not some hanger-on is rare, inspirational and raw genius. If I could, I would "go to eleven" stars.
A forward by Ryan Adams, an afterward by Phil Lesh and photos by Neal Casal! With that, I highly recommend A View of Other Windows.
The seller I purchased this book from advertised it as new, so I was disappointed when I received it and the cover was damaged. But like all of Neal Casal's musical artistry, I value his work and love this book anyway for the content in spite of the cover.
I should have bought this book a long time ago...
Neal has captured the essence of The Cardinals here. It's amazing how each photo and essay is so insightful.
Granted he has a full time job playing guitar, a new book of his photography would be on my list to preorder.
A must have for anyone who loves great art.
but as an incredible photographer, especially from a journalistic view. His images represent the bands best
line up since bassist, Chris Feinstein, aka. Spacewolf was sought after to bring his magic alive as a Cardinal.
Neal's images are full of emotion and provide true insight into the life of being
on the road and in the studio with such an amazing group of men -
not just musicians. Because this book was published after Feinstein passed
away I consider it a true homage to one of the best Bass players of all time.
Neal, not only are you a Rockstar but one talented photographer whose
presence behind the camera is subtle, beautiful, heart-warming and undeniably
captures the sharp personalities of each band member with a careful, distinguished eye.
Each Cardinal's quotes in the book only re-enforce the intimacy of the photo's,
from both behind closed doors and in the public eye.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such an amazing book of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals! Get it if you have it already..Published 13 months ago by Mario M. Duran
Great little coffee table book for the Ryan Adams fan. Some cool pictures.Published 21 months ago by Brenden Forbes
Beautiful, dreamy, intimate looks at Ryan Adams' life with the Cardinals. Like reading a diary.Published on August 24, 2014 by poogeasaurus
This was an excellent book with great pictures of the band. Neal did a great job capturing some cool moments. Highly recommended!Published on July 6, 2013 by Bradley Proctor
If you're looking for some great pictures & story about Ryan Adams and the Cardinals this is it! If you're on the edge.......BUY IT!Published on March 6, 2013 by Clint
Neal's photos are very inspiring and the the black and white imagery really evokes some dark moods. In love with this book.Published on January 4, 2013 by Brian S. Nelson