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No Wave

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
No Wave traces the history of this noisy and uncompromising genre, from its most famous names down to its many offshoots and sidetracks. From early pioneers like Suicide and Richard Hell, to forgotten treasures like Red Transistor and Bush Tetras, and descendants like ESG and Sonic Youth, No Wave charts all the cracks and crevices of a surprisingly diverse movement.

Paperback, 205 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Black Dog Publishing (first published January 16th 2007)
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Jun 07, 2012 Janice rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-love-new-york, film
This book has only confirmed that I was born about twenty years too late. Marc Masters’ No Wave is a comprehensive account of the ephemeral post-punk New York underground music and film scene of the late 70’s/early 80’s. The No Wave scene spawned the likes of Lydia Lunch, James Chance, Arto Lindsay, Nick Zedd (immortalized in Pulp Fiction when Bruce Willis uttered the words, “Zedd’s dead baby, Zedd’s dead,”), Jim Jarmusch, John Lurie; informed the aesthetics of the prolific Sonic Youth, and prop ...more
Mar 27, 2008 Herbivorous rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who remember when 'alternative' meant something in music
An interesting look at an interesting period in music. If No Wave hadn't existed, someone would have had to invent it. Not music I spend much time listening to, nor am I terribly tempted after reading the book, but the history was an engaging one very specific to a time and place.
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Sep 14, 2016 Butch Lazorchak rated it it was amazing
Great overview with lots of awesome pictures.
Jan 25, 2009 Andrew rated it it was amazing
I'm most surprised at what a nicely designed package the book is; not a single review I read mentioned that it's loaded with pictures, flyers, original record covers, etc. I've read several books that cover the movement in part, but 98% of these photos are brand new to me. I think that Masters makes an excellent choice in focusing exclusively/predominantly on the actual "original four" No New York bands, each getting a bulky dedicated chapter, rather than making a more generic overview of the do ...more
Apr 14, 2008 Art rated it it was amazing
For someone interested in more experimental music, this history of a scene (brief though it was) offers plenty of detail and a sense of the lived experience of that time and place. Now some dots that were previously unconnected...Glenn Branca, Arto Lindsay, Lydia Lunch, Rhys Chatham...have some sinew to hold them together. Linking the film arm of the "movement" makes the package complete (Beth B. et al). Too bad it didn't come with a CD/DVD though -- imagining the music through Marc M.'s prose, ...more
Feb 09, 2008 Brandon rated it liked it
Ok. Probably more than I needed to know about Lydia Lunch but what the hey, late 70's NYC, let me be a bit romantic...But one could find out more about the No Wave scene by doing a bit of googling and reading Please Kill Me and maybe The Cinema of Trangression book. Most of the pictures were even from the We're Desperate photo book. I was originally excited about this book but on the whole it wasn't that informative. However, it's a good overview for sure and an entertaining read.
Apr 06, 2008 Jay rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: joe hayes
This book goes fully where Please Kill Me just skimmed, all the bands that participated in Eno's No New York compilation as well as the ones that didnt. Marc Masters does a solid job describing the sheer variety of bands and personalities as well as the feel of the time & place.

Reading it makes me want to start a no wave band.

The book was an awkward size (too large to travel with) and the printing/paper smells kind of funny.
Apr 09, 2011 Thisisheresy rated it it was amazing
amazingly thorough and provoking collective work chronicling the NO WAVE scene of lower manhattan in the late seventies that as short lived as it was, inspired an entire generation of music.
Jul 10, 2008 Glynn rated it did not like it
A fascinating scene populated by innovative and eccentric people, all rendered boring in tedious prose. Sigh.
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