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Ween's Chocolate and Cheese (33 1/3) Paperback – March 31, 2011
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About the Author
Hank Shteamer is a writer and musician living in Brooklyn. He covers music for Time Out New York, The Wire and various other outlets, including his personal blog, Dark Forces Swing Blind Punches. He also plays in the band STATS.
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But subject matter completely aside, the writing and choice of author are both highly questionable. I somehow expected as much. Let's see, where to start...
This book is painfully repetitive. Let me repeat that: this book is painfully repetitive. In all sincerity, the book reads as if the author suffers from dementia and has completely forgotten that he has already drilled home the same point countless times. It occurs to the point of being maddening and really exhausting. How many times can the thesis be spelled out to the reader? Over and over and over again, Shteamer reiterates his central point, but doesn't even highlight it in different ways. Instead, the same exact idea, even wording, crops up incessantly throughout the entire book, treating his readers, it would seem, as dense or sufferers of short term memory loss. It makes it an unnecessarily unpleasant read.
The aspect that I knew would surely disappoint was that of the very topic of music. We live in a culture where writing about music is hardly ever about music, especially when garbage such as Pitchfork media is so prevalent and followed. The concept of these 33 1/3 books, while at first a seemingly wonderful, long overdue idea, was bound to suffer from this unfortunate reality.Read more ›
I basically realized I had to skip the parts that Schteamer wrote in this Ween book, and just read the quotes from the band members, since those are the only portions that provide any sort of insight or coherence. All in all, I feel bad for the members of Ween, that this is the published document on their album. It's embarrassing.
Even if you channel the BOOGNISH, and think you know a lot about Ween, you'll not be disappointed by this title.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Received as a gift. While some reviews made it sound terrible, I enjoyed it quite thoroughly... a nice behind the scenes look at one of my favorite duos. Read morePublished 18 months ago by The Misanthropic Chud of Sourflesh
great book for any ween fan. interesting insights into the makings of this great album. a great read tis itPublished on February 2, 2014 by Simon Browne
This is one of my favorite albums ever, by the most unique band I have ever encountered. Shteamer takes us behind the songs and production of this fantastic album, which was... Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by detectivelennybriscoe
Whether your a Ween fan or just a fan of how bands operate, this is a fun book. Its a fast read and has great stories from the band members. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Senor Blanco