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Pet Shop Boys Versus America

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The worldwide success of the Pet Shop Boys has been only faintly echoed in the USA. In the spring of 1991 they decided to grapple with the beast, taking a theatrical tour that would exaggerate their differences. By turns enraptured by and disdainful of America and its obsession with celebrity they brushed shoulders with the famous (Axl Rose, Liza Minelli and Joni Mitchell) ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Music Book Services Corporation (first published November 4th 1993)
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Sep 01, 2013 Geert Daelemans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A brave and authentic report of two remarkable artists

When in 1991 the Pet Shop Boys toured for the first time in America, they were closely scrutinised by writer Chris Heath and photographer Pennie Smith. The result is this book, or to put it more correctly: this tour report.
Much can be said about the format: a transcription of a few conversations the boys had during their eventful American tour. At first you may fear to get bored by this format, but strangely enough it's quite the opposite. Be
A incredible inside look at the Pet Shop Boys' 1991 tour of America. The book is not set up with chapters, but rather with dates, so you get an almost play-by-play of the entire tour. The book is also filled with fabulous pictures! The cover picture was actually taken in Salt Lake!
Jun 28, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A witty travelogue of a non touring band touring the the USA with the most un rock'n'roll show you can imagine. Full walk by various celebs and suitably catty or surreal moments, a refreshing read compared to many tour biogs ..
Makes you want to see the shows again :)
Feb 21, 2013 Brian rated it liked it
Book with lots of photos, following Pet Shop Boys on their first US tour, after releasing Behaviour in 1991. Mildly entertaining. Interesting that Axl Rose seems to be their biggest fan (and loved "Being Boring"). Chris Lowe's remarks throughout are pretty funny.
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Jan 22, 2014 Tess Majestic rated it it was amazing
Once again, Chris Heath's fly-on-the-wall writing style spins a fantastic account of Pet Shop Boys's first tour in America during 1991. We hear about rock-obsessed American radio, crazy fans, outrageous parties, That Infamous Jay Leno Incident, and all the little mundane details of life on the road. A quick, engaging read for anyone who's fascinated by the world of pop music (and PSB in particular).
Similar to Literally, this book follows Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant and records their hilarious conversations and comments on fellow musicians and anything coming to their mind. Very funny and entertaining.
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