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Stories from the Nerve Bible: A Twenty-Year Retrospective Paperback – January 1, 1994
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Great retrospective on Laurie Anderson's work! Softcover book with wonderful photos and text...her fans would love this book.
- Publisher : Perennial; First Edition (January 1, 1994)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060950501
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060950507
- Item Weight : 2.03 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #495,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 13, 2022
I have been looking for this book for years and was excited to see it offerred though a little concerned about the condition it would arrive in. I shouldn't have worried! The book arrived as described (great condition) and was very well packaged. It was protected from bending by stiff cardboard and wrapped in think plastic to keep it dry. Given that it's been raining here and Amazon has delivered other packages that have sat in the rain, I really appreciated this. I don't usually write reviews, but I was impressed by this seller. My book even came sooner than I thought. Thank you!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 18, 2014
I had a copy of this, bought at one of those temporary "book fairs" in dying strip malls, for I think $3.00, having been a devoteé of Laurie's for years... Somehow I lost it or peed on it in a drunken stupor (in those days I might have) and couldn't find it later. When I went to look for it years later it was gone and replacements were prohibitively priced. This one was affordable and turned out to be virtually mint. I've enjoyed poring over it repeatedly, very careful not to put it lower than my waist (it's on my mantlepiece, where the only danger is fire), for obvious reasons... Lovely!
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 14, 2012
Crazy as it may sound I have been a Laurie Anderson fan since I was eight years old. I heard Mr. Sharkey and Gravity's Rainbow and it was all over from there. I always wanted to own this book but it has been out of print for decades. She covers much of the info that appears in this book in her 'United States Live' CD set, and 'The Ugly one with the jewels,' and yet seeing it in print as a sort of portfolio of her work is a great compendium to what I already have. If you are a real fan, this is a must have.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 2, 2000
This inspiring retrospective covers a twenty-year period from her "Institutional Dream Series" in 1972, where she would sleep in various public places (a library restroom, a night courtroom, a seaport) to see how it affected her dreams, up to her live shows of "Stories from the Nerve Bible" in 1992. While the material is generally presented in a linear fashion, images and texts from different stages of her career are juxtaposed to underline the many recurring themes in her work (dreams, speech, time, technology). Various entertaining stories, observations and anecdotes are interspersed with stage directions and song lyrics. There's an annotated chronology at the end to help keep things straight. Anderson's performances have often utilized the violin, and her numerous modified versions of it are explored (the Tape Bow Violin, the Self-Playing Violin, the digital violin, the neon violin, the Viophonograph). Many of her other innovations are also touched upon, including her projects with the pillow speaker, the Handphone Table, the Acoustic Lens, the video clone, and the body drum-suit. Filled with countless photos and stills from her installations and presentations, this book will grab your interest whether you read it cover to cover or just open it up at random. It's a magnificent look at the "performance artist," and essential for fans of her work.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 14, 2000
This book is the definitive companion. Laurie's work can often resemble a slowly realized puzzle. You flip a few pieces over, notice this one resembles that one, while at the same time appreciating each piece for itself. Reading this book is like seeing the box the puzzle came in. It's not quite cheating; it sheds new light on each individual piece and inspires a new appreciation. Balanced with nearly an equal amount of pictures and text, it is accessible as a coffee table book and essential for a Laurie Anderson fan, examining her work as a sculptor and early experiments before United States I-IV. Perhaps the most memorable bit in this volume is reading in print that all the stories within are true.
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