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Slint's Spiderland (33 1/3) Paperback – November 11, 2010
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About the Author
Scott Tennent is a senior writer and editor at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and was previously an editor at Princeton Architectural Press. He writes about music at the blog Pretty Goes With Pretty, an ongoing preoccupation since 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
Suffice to say, eventually I got it, and that's why I'm pleased to say that Scott Tennent has finally written THE BOOK on Slint, a band that was heretofore the subject of so much conjecture, hearsay, and legend that it was often hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Starting in 1982 with Brian McMahan`s first band, Languid and Flaccid, the book not only serves as the definitive story on Slint, but it also covers just about everything you'd want to know about seminal Louisville acts like Squirrel Bait, Maurice, and Solution Unknown. Tangentially, it even goes quite a ways toward revealing some of Will Oldham`s artistic roots as well.Read more ›
This book has been written by Scott Tennent, who also incidentally has a blog called Pretty goes with Pretty. I mention this as it will give you a good idea on his writing. I bought the book regardless, but reading some of his thoughts on music you can quickly appreciate he writes in a solid manner, can appreciate the poetry of music, without sounding esoteric you lose interest.
If you are a fan of Slint, this book will no doubt fill in blanks, perhaps the detail that the writer goes into with the recording of Spiderland, perhaps the detail with the history that led up to the start of Slint. The influence and support of Steve Albini to help Slint be heard by a wider group of people.
Overall the writer appreciates the historical factors that run up to Spiderland and discusses this in enough detail so you don't feel you have just jumped into a great big hole with no context.
Most importantly for me, Tennent weaves and unfolds the slight and tender story of Slint so much that even if you know everything about Slint it will still grab you. It unfolds in such a way that you almost feel and hear the music in the reading. It sucks you into Spiderland and keeps you there for the duration of the book. It lets you appreciate what is going on with the music. It lets you see the precision and control and compositional talent these guys manifested with Spiderland.Read more ›
This book is a perfect example of exactly what I think the 33.3 series should be. While the author is guilty of a bit of fanboy gushing and his analysis of specific songs maybe could have been edited out, that's par for the course. He clearly did a ton of research and interviews with people who were there, including band members Ethan Buckler, Todd Brashear, and David Pajo. (figures that McMahan and Walford would be no-shows) This little book actually covers the entire history of Slint and all three of their records, not only Spiderland. In fact the first section extensively covers the band's pre-history, going far deeper than the usual Squirrel Bait stuff everybody has known for ages. In many cases this would be inappropriate, but since Slint's existence was relatively brief and they only released two albums and a posthumous single, and you weigh their impact against that-- I think the author absolutely did the right thing. If one of the reasons you love Slint is their impenetrable aura of mystique, you might consider avoiding this book. It blows the doors wide open on all of Slint's secrets. Well, almost all of them. Still need to find out exactly who's Saab that was on the cover of Tweez...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice to read a bit of info from behind the curtain. The author often expressed his opinions as fact. Very subjective.Published 21 months ago by digitalswim
I wish I could rate more stars. I thought this was a GREAT read. If you are somewhere on the fence about this book, but love Slint/Spiderland - - read this!Published 23 months ago by Jonathan Glover
this legendary album is finally analized and documented, after all this years!.
i would recommend to see the documentary and read this book, if you are obbessed with Slint as... Read more
Unlike many of the others in the 33 1/3 series, Spiderland is not just a fan gushing over how mind-blowing the album is (Daydream Nation) or a cooler-than-you music journalist... Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by John Everyman
I thought Scott did a great job describing various aspects of this wonderful album. He gives you background info on all of the contributors, the scene they came from, and even... Read morePublished on November 30, 2011 by Joel Bunch
I received this book today and finished it in one sitting. It went into detail about the bands the preceded and came after Slint as well as an in depth look into the songs on... Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Johnny
I snatched this addition to 33 1/3 series for curiosity's sake. It has been the most satisfying read from said series for me. Read morePublished on July 3, 2011 by K. McQueen