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A Year With Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno's Diary Paperback – July 25, 1996
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Hey -- give this book a shot. It's worth it. I read this book a little at a time over a few months. I still have it sitting around as a kind of jump-starter . . . it inspires me and makes me feel more positive.
I bought this book because it sounded intriguing and because some Amazon reviewers gave it a thumbs up. Plus, I was a fan of Brian Eno's 70's music in the 80's. If he was really popular back then, I would not have known it from the teenagers around me. So here I was, 17 years old and hearing "No One Receiving" and "Baby's On Fire" for the first time and my little teeny brain was turned inside-out. And then, like the guy who finally figures out how to view a Magic Eye picture, I started seeing Eno everywhere I looked: Talking Heads, U2, even the background music for a Nike commercial.
This guy does a little of everything. No, make that "a little of everything that I don't understand." Oblique strategies, Music for Airports, you name it. It's so ironic that this guy has done everything from Roxy Music to ambient to producing pop bands -- he's always changing, at the cutting edge, exploring -- and yet I was struck by just one phase of his career. ( I bought several of those Laraaji-type records in college -- it didn't swing for me.) So, I guess that's the big reason I liked this book . . . I admire this man of many talents, tastes, and wide-ranging interests.
Brian Eno may just be everything that I am not.Read more ›
This book is both a diary of Eno's life in 1995 - at once remarkably candid and playful (he has an obsession with the female bottom which he draws to our attention), and a series of essays and short stories. The former Roxy Music member is not afraid to name-drop (saunas with Bjork, albums with David Bowie and U2, works in progress with Paul McCartney...), but this is a pleasant contrast to the sometimes earnest but always interesting extended pieces which make up the "appendices" of the title, and are laid out at the end of the book.
A very worthwhile and enjoyable read, particularly for those of us who were unaware of who Brian Eno was - it is a book which I regularly dip into and will continue to do so.
His writings detail, among other things, his many musical projects, traveling (to Egypt and New York City and Mostar, to name a few places), hanging out with famous (and not-so-famous) people as varied as U2 and Pavarotti, faxing David Bowie, playing with his two little girls Darla and Irial, conversing with his wife (also his manager), avoiding Alan Yentob, e-mailing Stewart Brand, and involving himself in a huge number of other things that are too numerous to mention in one sentence. It is all inspirational, sometimes trashy, always fascinating.
This isn't the sort of book most people would read from start to finish (even though I have done so several times). I would guess most jump around. If you suffer from symptoms of the so-called Attention Deficit Disorder, this book can become your operation manual.
I have personally given "A Year With Swollen Appendices" to two different friends as a gift. As a writer myself, I have used the book as something to clear my pipes when I'm suffering from writer's block. The man is really that creative.
This best use of this brilliant little book is to put it somewhere in your home where people can pick it up and flip through it for a few minutes...
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Open, honest, clearly written. I found the parts about Bosnia/Serbia/Croatia to be interesting political diversions, and a foreshadowing of modern-day (2015) anti-Muslim sentiment... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Russell Childers
I hate Brian eno! He was always trying to steal the show! It was my band! If he was here I would pull his hair!
Caveat: I read this book back in 1997. I am just looking at buying it again, and re-reading it!
So, that means I don't remember the specifics that well! Read more
Eno is a great musician and thinker. He is also a middle-aged, middle class British man. One is far more interesting than the other. Read morePublished on February 5, 2008 by Inner City Intellect
Fun, fast read. Eno is a pioneer and true rennaisance man. Recommended for anyone acutely interested in the music and art worlds, particularly those places where they intersect.Published on February 28, 2006 by Brent Friedman
This is a great read - Eno is very honest and open... Plus it is amazing how busy but also how laid back is at times. It's full of great insights.Published on February 24, 2006 by Joshua D. Sites