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Feeding Back: Conversations with Alternative Guitarists from Proto-Punk to Post-Rock

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Feeding Back: Conversations with Alternative Guitarists from Proto-Punk to Post-Rock offers a counter-history of rock music through the lens of interviews with musicians including Richard Thompson, J Mascis, James Williamson, Bob Mould, Tom Verlaine, Lydia Lunch, Lee Ranaldo, Johnny Marr, and John Frusciante. Individually, the book’s in-depth discussions explore these subj ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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John Parkinson
good read......could have chosen many more guitarists to interview for this excellent book but perhaps this should be an ongoing series.
the depth of enquiry and the direct, non patronising style of the interviewer really nails what makes most of the chosen musicians special...made me take a listen to stuff i havent heard before, and thats as good a recommendation as i could possibly offer such a book.
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I really enjoyed this book. I am delighted that, in it, Robert Quine, Richard Lloyd and Tom Verlaine, to name a few, are given their due.
The interviews are pretty good, although they occasionally devolve into Chris Farly "Remember when you were in the Stooges? And Iggy smeared himself with peanut butter? That was weird. wasn't it?" or Wayne's World "We are not worthy!" territory. But honestly, if I had a sit-down with Bob Mould I'd probably be the same way.
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Alex Lee
The chapter on Tom Verlaine pays for the entire book. Lee Ranaldo's chapter was also good. The book was also enlightening for showcasing awesome alternative guitarists one might not have normally paid attention to. It goes beyond the normally mentioned guitar gods of hendrix, clapton, page, gilmour, srv, etc.
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